35 unsuspecting residents were “arrested” and taken to the Totem Mall throughout the day, where they were kept in a mock jail until they raised enough money to “make bail”, which ranged anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1,500. Among the incarcerated were Fort St. John City Councillors Dan Davies and Bruce Christensen, Moose FM’s Ted Sloan, local business people, and residents who might want to reconsider who they call a friend.
This year’s fundraising total beat last year’s $33,000, which all goes towards the upcoming Tour de North, which funds cancer research and Camp Goodtimes, a getaway for children with cancer and their families. Constable Brad Vandine, who will be taking part in the ride this year with Inspector Pat Egan, says he is appreciative of how much the community rallies behind the cause.
“It’s awesome the community support that we had and individuals coming down to the mall and making a donation to this great cause,” he says. “We’re very passionate about it. We’re just beyond thrilled that we could make such a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.”
The 2013 Tour will kick off in Dawson Creek, stopping in Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, and Mackenzie on its way to Williams Lake.