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Cops cycle to help kids

Participating RCMP officers were all smiles this morning in Kelowna at the start of the annual Cops For Kids charity ride fundraiser, a 10-day journey around southeastern B.C  - Barry Gerding
Participating RCMP officers were all smiles this morning in Kelowna at the start of the annual Cops For Kids charity ride fundraiser, a 10-day journey around southeastern B.C
— image credit: Barry Gerding

Twenty-two riders joined by five support staff embarked this morning from the Sandman Hotel parking lot in Kelowna on a grueling 10-day trek across southeastern B.C. to raise money for children in need.

The annual Cops For Kids Ride, presented by The Thomas Budd Foundation, will see the group of cyclists from RCMP detachments across the province cycle through 18 different communities and face some challenging terrain and potential for inclement weather conditions along the way.

The physical challenge will be carried out with a singular purposeā€”to raise awareness and donations for children in medical, physical and traumatic crisis.

The cycling route will see the riders make the assent and descent of two mountain passes, the Anarchist Mountain and Blue Berry Paulsen corridors, both of which involve significant elevation changes.

"These riders tackle a grueling journey across southeastern B.C. to raise money for children in need, and I'm honoured to be a part of such an event that helps children in our community," said ride supporter Tom Budd.

"These children require medical equipment, mobility and learning aids that aren't covered by government funding, and Cops For Kids is able to provide these crucial funds because of this event."

Each of the communities the RCMP cycling caravan visit will have arranged a welcoming reception, and in some cases the participating rider will get to meet kids in those communities who have directly benefited from their fundraising efforts.

"Our rider join us from across the (southeast) region, and they've each raised a minimum of $2,000 through various fundraising efforts in their own communities," said ride captain Julio Krenz, with the West Kelowna RCMP detachment.

"During the ride, local community groups, restaurants and hotels generously extend their hospitality to our team. Saving on these costs allows us to put all of our efforts towards the children. We are very honoured to be welcomed into each community with such open arms."

To follow the team along their journey or to make a donation, visit the website www.copsforkids.org.

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