Devoted cops pedal out of Kelowna

B.C. Southeast District, Kelowna, This Is Who We Are

2020-09-11 09:34 PDT

20th Anniversary Cops for Kids Ride proceeds under different format

Kelowna – It looks different, but quitting isn’t an option; The 20th Anniversary Cops for Kids Ride started this morning with teams of 6 riders departing for Osoyoos on the first day of the 10-day fundraising event.

Presented by the Impact Tomorrow Foundation, the event would normally have a team of 30 or so riders pedaling together across the interior region, stopping in each community to raise funds and awareness for local children, but they’ve had to modify the event for this year.

A small contingent of Cops for Kids Riders set off from Kelowna to kick off the 20th annual ride

View larger image: A small contingent of Cops for Kids Riders set off from Kelowna

29 RCMP cyclists will each pedal 1,000 km over the next 10-days, but they’ll do so individually from their own homes while a small support crew travels the designated route picking up 6 local riders each day to cover the leg on behalf of the entire Cops for Kids team. This relay style format allows the organization to fulfill their commitment to the local children relying on them throughout the year for financial assistance to cover transportation costs to medical treatment outside their home community, emergency dental treatment, medical supplies, specialized therapies, learning tools and mobility aids.

With spring fundraisers cancelled, the small organization doesn’t have the option to quit, much like the parents of a sick child. Although we had to cancel spring events, and modify our 20th Anniversary Ride, we must continue on. With support from the Impact Tomorrow Foundation, we’re forging on because families are relying on us now more than ever, says Cops for Kids President Grant Fletcher.

Careful groundwork has created a plan that will not only abide by public health guidelines to keep the communities and the riders safe, but one that also doesn’t burden the struggling hospitality industry who normally host the team each year.

For the riders, the relentless struggle of the miles without the support their peers will undoubtedly challenge them all at some point. Perhaps what they’ll miss more than the comradery of their teammates, will be the opportunity to interact with supporters and meet the children, those little ambassadors who benefit from their fundraising efforts. A key component of the safety includes no stops in each community to meet with the general public. Instead, supporters are asked to line the streets to cheer and wave for the team at a safe distance as they pass through.

These waves and cheers will remind the riders of the children who are relying on them this year more than ever, and will serve as the reminder that quitting simply isn’t an option.

Dates and times to catch the team are available the organization’s website and social media.

For more information, or to make a donation to one of the riders please visit www.copsforkids.org

devoted cops. deserving kids. dedicated communities

For more information, contact Courtney King, Event Coordinator (250) 801.4438 or email info@copsforkids.org

2020 Cops for Kids Ride Dates

Make a sign, ring your bell, wear your blue. Support our Cops for Kids riders.

Date City  Location Time 
Friday September 11 Kelowna Harvey Avenue (entire stretch from Reid’s corner to the bridge)  8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Friday September 11 Peachland  Beach Avenue from 13th St. to 3rd St.  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Friday September 11 Penticton  Main Street from Wade Ave. to Skaha Lake.  12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Friday September 11 Oliver  Main Street from Kootenay to Similkameen.  2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Saturday September 12 Grand Forks  Central Ave to 27th St 4:30 p.m. 
Sunday September 13 N/A    
Monday September 14 Castlegar  Columbia Avenue  9:00 a.m.
Monday September 14  Nelson  -Corner of Ward St. & Vernon St. in front of the Hume Hotel  12:15 p.m.
-Corner of Nelson Ave & Behnsen St. in front of Hume Elem.
Tuesday September 15 N/A    
Wednesday September 16 Creston  Canyon Street 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday September 16 Cranbrook  Hwy 95 from 5th Ave S. to Victoria Ave N.  4:00 p.m.
Thursday September 17  N/A Repositioning Day   
Friday September 18  Salmon Arm  10 Avenue SW from 10th Street SW to 17th Street SW 9:15 a.m.
Friday September 18 Kamloops  Hwy 1 westbound from Valleyview to Aberdeen Mall  3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Saturday September 19  Vernon  32 Street southbound from 43rd Avenue to 39th Avenue  3:30 p.m.
Sunday September 20 Kelowna  Harvey Avenue from Reid’s Corner to Leckie Road  11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Released by:

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office No.: 250-491-4317
Cell No.: 250-869-9578
Fax No.: 250-491-2381
Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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