Cops for Kids, are now into their 11th year of helping children in crisis.
Sponsors, supporters and media will be on hand at The Sandman and Denny’s in Kelowna on Friday to celebrate the efforts of the 19 riders and six support crew as they embark on a cycling fundraising journey to benefit children in crisis.
The breakfast starts at 7 a.m., and the Cops for Kids riders and crew leave the parking lot at 9 a.m. to head out on their 10-day trek.
The Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation raises funds year round to help support children, who must endure mental, physical, and emotional crisis, in the Southern Interior of B.C.
Over the past 10 years, Cops for Kids has raised over $1.5 million dollars in support of these children.
RCMP detachments throughout the Interior work together with riders to help children in each community.
Our signature event is the annual Cops for Kids ride each September, which symbolizes the journey these children must take from illness to wellness, and gives riders and crew the opportunity to personally thank the many people, in each community, who have selflessly supported the cause.
The ten-day trek takes riders to more than19 communities in the Okanagan and Kootenay Region.
This is a labour of love for the dedicated riders who participate.
They endure many grueling kilometers and suffer many aches and pains, all to raise much needed awareness and funds to support the children they serve.
Riders are challenged to raise $2,000 from their own communities and many of them average much more than that.
During the ride local business and service clubs have sponsored services to cover food and accommodation. As well, the Cops for Kids fundraising efforts do not stop when the ride ends, as a variety of fundraiser events are held in various communities throughout the year.
For more information, see www.copsforkids.org.