Cops for Kids riders were welcomed home shortly after 12:00 PM this Sunday from their 10 day Cops for Kids Ride, presented by the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation. The team of 21 has been cycling across the southern interior in order to raise money for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.
The riders were lead into the CIBC Orchard Park parking lot by police escort and the Blues Brothers.
They were welcomed by a large crowd of supporters. SUN FM and AM1150 were there to greet the riders. Kelowna Councillor Maxine DeHart and MLAs Steve Thomson and Norm Letnick were also in attendance.
The 10 day journey has taken the team over some steep inclines, facing inclement weather along the way, but their perseverance has pushed them to continue helping children from our communities. Funds raised from this event go to support the purchase of much needed medical equipment, learning and mobility aids for local children.
“We were pedalling up the Paulson summit when the rain started to pour. As the legs were burning, each rider started to think of all the kids who will benefit from our short term pain,” said Rider and President Gail Harrison. “These children face uphill challenges every day. I know our legs will feel better after some rest, but these children don’t always have that option.”
Cops for Kids are grateful for the generosity shown by all of our communities. “Our riders join us from across the region, and these are some of the most hard-working people in law enforcement today. Each rider has fundraised a minimum of $2,000 in order to be a part of the ride. During the ride, local community groups, restaurants, and hotels generously extend their hospitality to our team. Saving on these costs allows us to put all of our efforts towards the children,” claims Ride Captain, Julio Krenz. “Not only have we enjoyed some delicious meals and welcoming hospitality, we’ve made some new friends along the way too.”
To learn more about Cops for Kids, the work they do throughout the year, or to make a donation please visit the website at www.copsforkids.org
Click the link to watch the video to learn more about what Cops for Kids is.