The Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley rode into Cloverdale Wednesday morning, stopping off at Cloverdale Christian School, where students and staff were on hand to greet them with waves, whistles and high-fives – including Darren Smith, a Grade 7 student receiving treatment for a brain tumour.
The cops – law enforcement officials and emergency services personnel riding to raise money and awareness for childhood cancers – worked the crowd by handing out trading cards with their pictures on them, creating an instant sensation with the kids.
On Friday, Oct. 3, the group will wrap up a nine-day, 800-km ride that began on Sept. 25.
The Tour de Valley, one of four B.C. tours, includes 21 support crew. An ambulance, a support vehicle and five motorcycles were also on hand during the ride through Cloverdale, where the tour also made stops at Clayton Elementary School and Applewood Kia on Oct. 1.
[Jacob, 5, is thrilled with this souvenir from Cst. Beverly Dew of the Surrey RCMP – Jennifer Lang photo]
Cloverdale Christian School has been a big supporter of the tour, welcoming riders as an annual event, and raising about $15,000 in donations over the years, according to the school’s principal.
The 22 Tour de Valley riders include a sizable Surrey contingent – Cst. Beverly Dew of the Surrey RCMP; Sgt. Bruce Singer, a Surrey RCMP member who’s with E Division’s major crime unit; CO Clayton DeBruin, from Surrey Pretrial; Auxiliary Cst. Liz Gilbert; BSO Selene Millsap off the Canadian Border Services Agency; and Cst. Justin Sutton of Metro Vancouver Transit Police.
The riders don’t spend money on accommodations, with the focus of all funds raised going directly to the kids.
Since 1997, Cops for Cancer in B.C. has raised more than $32 million for the Canadian Cancer Society .