Some 25 cyclists and a six-person support crew from RCMP and supporting enforcement agencies within South East District will embark on this year’s annual Cops for Kids Ride on Friday, Sept. 11.
The 2015 Ride, presented by The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation, will take the team over 1,000 km across the southeast corner of British Columbia, to raise awareness and essential funds for children in medical, physical, or traumatic crisis.
The send-off breakfast will be hosted by the Sandman Hotel Kelowna where dignitaries, sponsors, supporters, media and ‘Little Ambassadors’ will be on hand to meet the team before they embark their 10-day journey. At 9 a.m., the team will be led out of Kelowna on Highway 97 to start the 2015 event.
Over the 10-day trek, Cops for Kids riders will cycle into 18 different communities where they will be welcomed by local hotels, restaurants and service clubs who come together to offer their hospitality at little or no cost.
Saving on these costs, allows the group to put their efforts towards the children who need it most. Over the event’s 15 years, they’ve raised over $3.1 million through their signature event.
With requests from families on the rise, they’re working even harder to support the local children who need it most. Funds from the event support requests for medical equipment, transportation to Children’s Hospital, specialized therapies, learning & mobility aids.
“I’m honoured to be a part of this event again this year. These leaders in our community work so hard to assist children who are really struggling,” said presenting sponsor Tom Budd. “The team covers some gruelling terrain to get across the region, but their efforts are minor compared to the challenges these children face.”
“We’ve got a fresh and spirited bunch this year,” added Ride Captain, retired staff sergeant Julio Krenz. “They’ve spent their summer training and fundraising, and now they’ve left their own families behind to come together as a team to ride rain or shine, to raise even more money for children in our region.”
Daily updates will appear on the team blog during the ride. To follow the team along their journey or to make a donation please visit the website at www.copsforkids.org