For two weeks, Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders have been winding their way down Vancouver Island on a 1000+ kilometre journey to raise money for children diagnosed with cancer.
Last night, the finale of the event was celebrated with an announcement of the amount of money raised by the riders: a whopping $1,234,002.75.
The team, comprised of first responders, government works, teachers, media professionals, and special guests raised this money to support kids battling cancer on Vancouver Island, and also send them to a much deserved visit to Camp Goodtimes.
Cops for Cancer began in 1996, when Edmonton police officer Gary Goulet shaved his head to support a young boy who’s fight with cancer robbed him of his hair. Soon after, fellow officer shaved their heads and posed for pictures with the boy.
In 1998, officers on Vancouver Island were inspired to do more than shave their heads for Cops for Cancer – they launched the first Tour de Rock.
In its inaugural year, Tour de Rock raised $325,000, and had a team of 16 police officers.
So far, this annual event has raised a total of over $25 million.