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Cops for Kids Ride Wraps Up Successful Ride

By Contributor
September 25th, 2016

After 10 days on the road, they’ve cycled into the hearts of 18 communities around South Eastern BC. 

Cops for Kids riders were welcomed home Sunday September 18th from the 15th annual Cops for Kids Ride.  The team of 28 was cycling across the southern interior in order to raise money for children in medical, physical, or traumatic crisis.

They’re already heroes protecting our communities day to day, but this group of exemplary leaders are heroes in our hearts as well.  In addition to cycling 1,000 kilometer to raise money for local children, the group has faced challenges of their own. 

A crash on the second day led to an ambulance ride for one cyclist, who spent the remainder of the tour at home nursing a concussion, while another team member is now in for the fight of his life with a recent cancer diagnosis. 

Despite it all, these heroes are forging ahead selflessly to help others even in their own time of struggle. The journey around the region brought in donations, corporate sponsorships and funds to be dispersed throughout the year through a grant application process.

Funds raised from this event go to support transportation to medical treatment, medical supplies and equipment, learning tools, and mobility aids for local children.  With recent cutbacks on government programs and other charities, families are leaning on Cops for Kids more than ever.

“Along the route we’ve met up with some of our Little Ambassadors, hearing of their struggles and in many cases getting an update on how Cops for Kids has helped them in their progress forward,” says Cops for Kids President & Rider Gail Harrison.

“To hear that these children are thriving thanks to the assistance we provide from our fundraising, is what motivates the team to keep pedalling day after day.”

Although their signature event wraps up for the year, their need for funding lasts throughout the year. They fundraise year-round with events to support the ongoing requests.

Another phenomenal year, attributed to an amazing team of community leaders.

“These people have left everything behind and made a lot of sacrifices to be a part of this team, and this ride is no easy feat,” said Ride Captain retired S/Sgt. Major Julio Krenz.

“Not only have they worked hard on the bike, but they’ve done it selflessly. They’re dedicated, they’re hardworking, they’re focused and they truly are heroes in so many ways.”  

To learn more about Cops for Kids, the work they do throughout the year, or to make a donation please visit the website.

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