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A jail-and-bail event was organized by a local RCMP officer, Const. Rachel Geense, at the Lake View Credit Union as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. For the second consecutive year, Geense will be taking part in the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de North – a marathon cycling tour from Fort St. John to Williams Lake from Sept. 9 to 15 – and the jail-and-bail was the second fundraiser she had organized leading up to the event.

She said about 20 people were arrested today, with the first arrest made at 9 a.m. Participants had to remain in jail until they could "post bail" by reaching their fundraising goal.

"There were a lot of people who reached their goal and just kept going. It was a really good day," said Geense.

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In fact, she said while she did not have an exact total for the day, she estimated the event raised over $20,000, which is more than three times what she made all of last year.

Geense wished to thank everyone who participated in the jail-and-bail, with a special thanks to EnerMax for supplying the food, and Windsor Plywood for providing the materials to build the jail.

To support Geense or any other officer taking part in the Tour de North, go online to http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=467623 to make a donation.

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