Cycling 60 km in the Name of Drug-Free Living
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Pordenone ride in the annual “Pordenone Pedala” bicycle tour to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs.
2017 marked the 45th anniversary of Pordenone Pedala (Pordenone Rides) a 60 km bicycle tour through one of the loveliest valleys of the Italian Alps. Drug prevention volunteers from the Church of Scientology Pordenone’s Truth About Drugs initiative were among the thousands participating in the annual ride—an event that has become a yearly tradition for these drug-prevention volunteers.
Scientologists throughout Italy raise awareness of the dangers of drugs by participating in a broad range of sports events, from football matches to local races, and from ultramarathons to this annual bicycle tour, to encourage youth to live drug-free and continue their active, healthy lifestyles.
The Truth About Drugs is a global drug education and prevention initiative. Its curriculum includes 14 youth-friendly booklets on the most commonly abused drugs, hard-hitting public service announcements, and the award-winning feature-length The Truth About Drugs: Real People, Real Stories documentary, where former addicts present the cold, hard facts of drug abuse.
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW) is a secular nonprofit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions to live drug-free. The Church of Scientology and its members support the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, whose Truth About Drugs campaign is one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention initiatives. Thanks to this support, the Foundation provides—free of charge—drug education booklets, videos and educator guides to teachers, mentors and civic and community leaders.
According to the United Nations Office on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, “Every dollar spent on prevention can save governments up to ten dollars in later costs.”
The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
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