Calgarians captivated by a video of a man riding his scooter in positively frosty conditions have come together to help the cold commuter secure a warmer ride.
In a video posted to Facebook by realtor Kim Star, a man can be seen cruising down the QEII highway in Calgary Sunday, riding a small, white scooter on the icy, wind-whipped road.
The folks over at 98.5 VIRGIN Radio learned that the man – affectionately dubbed "Calgary Scooter Guy" – is supporting a large family and can only afford a scooter to commute to work and church. So, the radio station set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to buy the man a proper, winter-safe vehicle.
Inspired by the story, Calgarians donated generously to the campaign – raising close to $7,000 in just a few hours.
However, when car dealership Automaxx Calgary learned of the man's plight, they decided to gift the man and his family a car.
Chris Thin, general manager of AutoMaxx, told Metro Calgary he was concerned when he saw the video.
"It clearly did not look safe."
Automaxx has provided the man with a 2010 Dodge Charger SXT.
As well, the Airdrie Wives Facebook group has promised to fill the man's freezer with food, as well as other donations, reports the Calgary Sun.