A one-day fundraising event in Aldergrove has brought a Cops For Cancer rider more than $1,000 closer to her goal of $4,000 to help kids with cancer.
On Saturday, July 10, Aux. Const. Amy Kelly set up her bike on a stand next to the Cops For Cancer banner at the front of the Save-On-Foods store at Fraser Highway and 264th Street.
Kelly, a member of the Tour de Valley Riders 2021 team, got in 100 kilometres of virtual cycling during the day to encourage donations – and to help prepare for riding 500 kilometres in five days from Sept. 20 to 14.
With Kelly were fellow team member John Esau, a paramedic, and a former Cops For Cancer rider, Aux. Const. Liz Gilbert.
At the end of the day, Kelly was pleased with the response.
“$1,000 is pretty good for a COVID environment where people don’t carry [much] cash,” Kelly noted.
In addition to the donations from Save-On-Foods shoppers, Aldergrove’s Veronica’s Gourmet Perogies also contributed a portion of their Saturday sales towards the fundraiser.
As of Sunday, the combined donations collected by the 21 team members had reached 77 per cent of their $100,000 target.
Money raised by the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley ride goes towards research, but also supports the operations of Camp Goodtimes, a summer camp in Maple Ridge for kids with cancer.
Due to the pandemic, Camp Goodtimes is running a virtual camp from Aug. 3 to 6.
“Cops for Cancer has captured my heart since I first became involved with it in 2014,” Kelly said.
“The kids and their families are amazing, despite facing the difficult challenges cause by childhood cancer.”
To support Const. Kelly with a donation, visit her fundraising page at the Canadian Cancer Society website Cops for Cancer page by searching for “Amy Kelly,” or by clicking here.
Since it was founded in 1997 as a partnership between first responders and the Society, Cops For Cancer has raised almost $48 million to help increase survival rates and support children living with cancer and their families.
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