Dryden & Sweet; a “Youth reclaiming” dream team Reply

Review by Danny Gaisin
         Yesterday I met a Hamilton man whose personal history of being abused as a pre-teen and then suffering a long period of being homeless reads like a Dickens’ novel. Today he’s an honours college graduate. Realizing he had the background to perhaps influence others, Fredrick Dryden started visiting youths being held in Juvenile Detention. Eight years ago he formed LIBERTY FOR YOUTHand quickly received support and encouragement from David Sweet, our local Member of Parliament who is a motorcycle riding enthusiast.

The L4Y team; with Dryden & Sweet in middle

         Presently working out of Dryden’s 400 square foot basement; the organization works with kids 12 – 17 who are referred to the group by the Department of Justice. Through Sweet’s contacts, L4Y gets some financial support from Government and has shown highly positive results, with only rare occasions of recidivism. The group and its volunteers handle forty kids at any given time.
        MP Sweet’s avocation for two-wheeled travel, coupled with the cruising motorcyclists’ affinity for supporting worthwhile causes, meant that a fund-raising Eagle Ride was scheduled for yesterday morning and a mini Friday 13th @ Dover was expected. The weather totally failed to cooperate and it was cars instead of cycles that were parked outside the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum next to Teflon John’s namesake airport. The intent was to raise funds that will be matched by ‘World Vision Canada’ for an actual 3,000 sq.ft. building at 1925 King St. E that will house LIBERTY FOR YOUTH. Our readers can help Dryden reclaim his basement by going to the website Libertyforyouth.org and making a contribution.
         While socializing, at the event, I met Steve Kelly, a staunch supporter of  Liberty, who along with his brother runs KELLY’S CYCLE CENTRE on Upper Wellington. Realizing that the muse and I were novices to the biking world, he had some positive suggestions that we’ll be taking to heart.
• For long overnight cruises, he says 3 changes are sufficient given the smallish trunk capacities of our vehicles.
•  Use Laundromats, and stay at basic motels because the high-priced pools/spas/exercise room places are redundant for us bikers.
• In cases of emergency, his advice is to “get off the vehicle, sit down and contemplate while collecting your thoughts. A solution will soon arise”.
• In his experience even most falls are ‘never the end of the world’.
• It’s always better to travel with a small group; another biker along will increase one’s confidence and make even a short cruise more interesting.
We bought our lovable Rhonda HONDA from Burlington Cycle, now we have a close-by place for her to get the non- OME service she may need.  Safe riding, all.


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