Wounded ambassadors still raise funds for Cops for Kids
Cranbrook’s local Cops for Kids riders are still raising funds and awareness for the Cops for Kids Charity for youth in the southeast of B.C. Due to social distancing restrictions the ride has taken on a new look this year.
Under the new format for the 20th anniversary, the 30 riders will still train on their own time all summer, along with meeting their commitment to fundraise a minimum of $2,500 and provide their own equipment in order to be a part of the team. Each rider will get the opportunity to ride one day from September 11-20 on the designated route as a representative for the organization.
Our local riders, like the children they raise funds for, have had their own battles to overcome this year in order to ride. Staff Sergeant Kelly Hunter, with the BC Sheriff Service, recently underwent knee surgery but is determined to ride her portion of the ride in September from Creston to Cranbrook.
Lisa Barnes, owner of Max’s Place, is also slated to ride but has hit a bump in the training road. After a mountain bike mishap which left her with some broken bones, Lisa also had to undergo surgery. Like Kelly, she is back on her trainer and planning to ride in September.
“While the accident was certainly a setback, I am thankful for the care I received and that I can continue training. The Cops for Kids Ride is the main fundraiser for the little ones in our community and it’s important to me that we still hit our fundraising targets. I’m hoping Kelly and I can get some sympathy donations given our circumstances as well as support at our upcoming local fundraising initiatives.”
“We know these young people have gone through way more in their young lives than we are going through right now. We want to be just as resilient as the kids we ride for and are determined to complete our leg of the journey in September,” added Kelly.
A new fundraising initiative has opened up which gives the opportunity to train like a Cops for Kids rider.
The Cops for Kids Virtual Ride for the Life of a Child invites cyclists of all abilities to register to complete either 50km, 100km, or even a hardcore 1,000km from home on their own time from now until September. Riders who complete their cycling goal and raise a minimum of $500 will receive a 20th Anniversary Cops for Kids jersey to say thank you.
These virtual riders will help the organization replace funds that are desperately needed by families who must travel to receive medical care outside their home community, require medical supplies, emergency dental treatment, specialized therapies, learning tools & mobility aids.
To register for the Virtual Ride for the Life of a Child, or to make a donation to one of the riders please visit www.copsforkids.org
For more information about the Cops for Kids ride please contact Courtney King, Event Coordinator, at (250) 801-4438 or by email [email protected].
Cst Katie Forgeron,