HELP KICKSTART A LIFE" THE GARTH ROONEY MEMORIAL
The "Help Kickstart A Life Project" Was Conceived In 2011 By The Members Of The Celtic Brotherhood With The Intention Of Acquiring Portable Heart Defibrillators That Could Be Brought To Any Motorcycle Events - Shows - Charities That Members Of The TCB Attend With The Hope That If Needed... A Life Could Be Saved!.. Garth Rooney The TCB's Mascot Proudly Wore His Vest That Was Embroidered With "Pat Me ♥ Pay Me! Help Kickstart A Life!" And With Garth's Passing..The Celtic Brotherhood & It's Friends Have Decided To Not Only Continue The Project In His Memory...But Hope To Encourage Other Groups In The World's Motorcycle Community To Acquire Their Own Portable Defibs & Perhaps One Day Save A Fellow Biker's Life ..
We Make Our Motorcycle Communities Stronger!... By Making Them Better! .. Brotherhood! Top
Busted Bucket Challenge
☘️☘️Over the last couple of years there has been an increasing dialogue regarding brain injury and concussion with more efforts being made to diagnose and deal with this extremely important and growing Issue. From corporations to community groups, people are trying to find ways to alert others to the huge cost both human and financial, that this growing problem presents not only the survivors and families but also the community and workplace.
The Busted Bucket Challenge was created by a group of brain injury survivors along with some of their close friends who decided to produce something positive from all they and they loved ones must deal with everyday and so they combined their love of the motorcycle lifestyle and formed a group called The Celtic Brotherhood.
Originally their plan was to reach out to sports programs for youth and give demonstrations using glasses which distorted vision and were created by a good friend who is a local optician and inspired by those worn by the character, “Bubbles” from the popular Canadian television series, Trailer Park Boys.
While at a public event the TCB used the opportunity to take pictures of themselves and friends wearing the special eye wear and noticed that passers-by were stopping to look on and so they were invited to participate by trying on the glasses to get an idea of how ABI can affect them.
The public were amazed at the difficulty they experienced when they were asked to perform some simple tasks and their interest surpassed any hesitancy they might have had about talking to bikers.
TCB realized that while initially it was black t-shirts, beards and tattoos that created the curiosity, the difficulties people had while wearing the eye wear and trying to perform simple tasks became the real interest and from that moment the “Busted Bucket Challenge” was born.
The Busted Bucket Challenge consists of “chopper” styled adult tricycles built by the members and an interactive challenge where riders are encouraged to try and navigate a course consisting of traffic pylons bordered by astro-turf, plastic fire hydrants and other three dimensional objects meant to increase the difficulty while wearing eye wear meant to simulate some of the optical issues that accompany head trauma.
Momentum and popularity have grown for the BBC and with the help of people such as bike builders, painters and other local businesses including the OBIA who supply printed material and contact information which members of TCB hand it out to the onlookers. Over time all the men have honed their ability to reach out to the public and spread their important message through humor, creativity and ingenuity.
by Beau Rooney ☘️☘️ Top
The Awareness Ride for Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness (TBIA)
A local fundraising ride to support brain injury awareness. Ride information will be posted when the next dates are set.
Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley • 300-211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6H5 • Tel: 613-233-8303 • Step Up Work Center: Tel: (613) 233-0111
Ontario Brain Injury Association • 1-800-263-5404 • Calls answered Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm EST
Brain Injury Canada • 440 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7X6, Toll Free: 1-866-977-2492
Vista Centre Brain Injury Services • 211 Bronson Avenue, Suite 214 Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6H5, Tel (613) 234-4747 Top