The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team will ride into Ladysmith on Oct. 3 but this year they’ll head for Ladysmith Secondary School to connect with students.

Head shaves and hugs on tap for Tour de Rock

The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders will make Ladysmith Secondary School their first stop

Rick StiebelThe Chronicle

The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders will make Ladysmith Secondary School their first stop when they wheel into town on Monday Oct. 3.

Traditionally, the riders have always stopped at the Ladysmith Credit Union, said Duck Paterson, spokesperson for the Ladysmith Tour de Rock committee.

“This is an exciting change,” he said. “Organizers felt that because it is not a ProD day, it was a great opportunity to connect with the students. The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock is all about helping kids with cancer, so what better way than for the riders to reach out and make a positive impression on the students and meet some of the kids at the school.”

The riders are scheduled to arrive at 1:10 p.m. for a rally and a head shave fundraiser.

Local entertainer and songwriter Fred Izon has agreed to lose his locks, as well as Ladysmith Secondary woodworking teacher Brad Brawner, to help children with cancer spend time with their families at Camp Goodtimes.

“There’s a rumor that there may be a few others out there planning a haircut,” Paterson added.

The Tour will then head to Tim Hortons at 1:45 to collect funds raised through the sale of Smile cookies. The next stop at 2:10 is the Fox and Hounds Pub, where a portion of the 1,000 “Rock” burgers sold so far will be donated to Cops  for Cancer.

The riders will ride to Chemainus after that, returning to Ladysmith for the Red Serge Dinner at the Eagles Hall at 5:30.

Dinner will be served at 6 by RCMP officers in red serge, and members of local fire rescue personnel.

Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased at Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and the Ladysmith and District Credit Union.

Call Duck or Tracy Paterson at 250-245-2263 for tickets or more information.