Castlegar Cst. Rob Gardner has joined the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation Cops for Kids Ride Team and will leave Kelowna on Friday, September 6 on a 10 day, 1,000 km cycling journey across South Eastern British Columbia.
The annual Cops for Kids Ride raises funds and awareness for children in medical, physical and traumatic crisis in our region, for the funding of medical equipment, therapies, travel to Children’s Hospital, learning and mobility aids.
Since 2001, Cops for Kids has raised over two million dollars in support of local children.
During the 10 day ride, Cops for Kids riders will cycle into 18 different communities, where they will have the opportunity to meet many of the children who benefit from this event. Meeting these little ambassadors will remind each rider of the challenges that they face each day, and it will keep them focused to help better the lives of these children.
“I’m excited to take on this challenge again this year for my 2nd year. It’s an honour to be a part of such an event that helps children in our communities,” said Gardner in a media release. “Many of these items aren’t covered by our health care, or other support agencies. Cops for Kids can help to provide these crucial funds to assist local children as a direct result of the success of this event.”
As a part of the 2013 Cops for Kids Ride, the team will be arriving in Castlegar on Sunday, September 8 at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Safeway on Columbia Avenue. After some community presentations to local children, the team will meet with local media and dignitaries.
Cops for Kids are grateful for the generosity shown by all of our communities.
“Our riders join us from across the region, and they’ve each raised a minimum of $2,000 through various fundraising efforts in their own community,” said ride captain, Cpl. Brian Burke. “During the ride, local community groups, restaurants, and hotels generously extend their hospitality to our team. We are very honoured to be welcomed into each community with such open arms.”
To follow the team along their journey or to make a donation please visit the website at www.copsforkids.org