Cops for Cancer Coordinator, Erin Reynolds says the fundraising goal set for this year is $325,000, but she’s has her own goal in mind, hoping to exceed last year’s donations of $345,000.
Each rider raises a minimum of $3,000 to support kids with cancer and their families.
This year, 4 members of the Fort St. John RCMP are participating in the ride, while another 2 officers are coming from Dawson Creek.
In total, there are 29 participants in the tour.
Reynolds says the RCMP’s participation in a cause like this fits into their core value of community engagement.
“It resonates with the members (of the RCMP) in that it’s their opportunity to engage with the community in a very positive manner and feel like they’re contributing to peoples lives in the north by helping children with cancer,” Reynolds explained.
Cops for Cancer originated with an Edmonton officer, back in 1994, when he got wind of a child who had gone through chemotherapy and was being teased at school for the loss of his hair. The officer and a couple friends than decided to shave their heads, make an appearance at the school, and declare it as the ‘in’ style.
Tour de North has been an annual event for the past 13 years, raising more that $2,000,000 for pediatric cancer research and support programs.
If you would like to learn more or make a donation, visit www.tourdenorth.ca, or contact Reynolds at 250 645 2365.