Cops Team Up With Kids To Raise Money For Cancer Research
For the past thirteen years, police officers from the Peterborough Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Durham Regional Police Service have joined the Canadian Cancer Society to organize Pedal for Hope. Officers complete a bicycling tour of Peterborough and surrounding areas over a period of three weeks. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and understanding for local children battling cancer, as well as raise funds to assist in finding a way to manage cancer through pediatric cancer research. Since 2005, the Pedal for Hope tour has raised over 5 million dollars in the Peterborough and Durham areas alone.
One of the most amazing aspects of Pedal for Hope is the connection with the kids. Children who battle cancer provide the cops with inspiration and the kids are part of one of Canada's most successful teams. The kids in the schools also connect with police after seeing them in a very different light. Officers are approachable and downright silly and the impact on the children has to be seen to be believed. The kids are the driving force behind Pedal for Hope and it is their work that makes all of this possible.
This year's Pedal for Hope cycling tour promises to be an even bigger success. Officers will again make stops along their tour at 50 participating schools. Assemblies will be held that feature presentations to students, head shaving (teachers and officers), education, and fun events. The tour itself begins April 23rd, 2018.
More encouraging than the financial success is the rapport that has been built between officers and students. The enthusiasm shown by the students is nothing short of awe-inspiring. These students have organized fundraising events, shaved their heads and collected sponsors. As a result, students have learned that they are able to band together and make a significant difference in the lives of others.
When cops, kids, and a great cause all come together, amazing things happen.
If you would like to donate and help us help those who battle cancer, please visit www.pedalforhope.com