Cops for Cancer: supporting kids who battle childhood cancer
2020-06-26 09:25 PDT
The 2020 Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley scheduled to take place this fall, will include four Surrey RCMP officers.
The Canadian Cancer Society's Cops for Cancer is an annual fundraising event, where law enforcement and emergency services personnel, cycle over 800 km across regions while engaging communities and businesses, to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.
Not only is the money raised used for pediatric cancer research, it also helps send sick children to Camp Goodtimes located in Maple Ridge. Camp Goodtimes is a unique summer camp experience for children and their families that offers special medical support services. This year due to COVID-19, Camp Goodtimes will take on a virtual format.
Our tenacious riders, Constable Adison Hiemstra, Constable Doug Wilson, Constable Joe Lau and Constable Paul Towne, have been training and, finding creative contactless ways to accomplish their fundraising goals in preparation for the tour. The four officers have adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, rolled up their sleeves, and have begun fundraising via phone, email and social media. As of today, the tour has collectively raised over $53,000 which is nine percent of the total goal this year.
Participating in the Tour de Valley has been a life-changing experience for me, says Constable Joe Lau, who is riding for the third time this year.
Seeing the strength and courage of our Junior Team members as they battle cancer, it is incredibly humbling.
The Tour de Valley, previously scheduled to take place between September 17-25, has had to make some adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 tour will be a combined virtual and team ride that will take place over a shortened time frame from September 21-25.
Please help us to support kids to battle childhood cancer! Anyone who wishes to donate to this cause, can donate online through our officers’ individual fundraising pages (linked to their names above). To learn more on how to get involved or support Cops for Cancer, please visit their website.
Cpl. Joanie Sidhu
Media Relations Officer
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
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