More than 20 Cops for Cancer cyclists – most of them waterlogged after a few hours spent in the rain – were greeted to thunderous cheers from hundreds of students at White Rock Christian Academy this morning.
The Cops for Cancer crew made WRCA its first of six stops Friday, and pedaled into the school’s gym – escorted by a motorcade that included RCMP motorcycles, am ambulance, a motorhome and other support vehicles – to speak for a few minutes with students, delivering a message of good health and cancer awareness.
“Cancer is a bully,” said Cops for Cancer member Gord Wiedrick, moments before the cyclists entered the gym.
“It’s like a dart – and sometimes it hits you.”
Prior to the cyclists’ arrival, WRCA students had donated money to the cancer cause. The school held a “no school uniform” day, which gave students to chance to wear their regular clothes in exchange for a two-dollar donation.
And while the exact number wasn’t yet tallied – some classrooms were still collecting as of Friday morning – WRCA vice-principal Darryl Deboer estimated the donation at “probably $800 or $900.”
“I think that’s what it will be when it’s all said and done,” he said. “It’s been really great.”
The riders began their day at the Tong Louie YMCA in Panorama Ridge, and their brief visit to WRCA, team headed to Sunnyside Elementary. Other Friday stops included Peace Arch Elementary, Grandview Corners, Coast Capital Savings in Ocean Park, Applewood Kia and the Bollywood Banquet Hall.
The Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley began in Aldergrove and travels through more than a dozen communities before wrapping up in Abbotsford Oct. 4.
Three other Cops for Cancer tours took place this month in Greater Vancouver, northern B.C. and Vancouver Island. For more on the program, visit www.copsforcancer.ca