Tour de Rock rolled through Ladysmith on Monday.
The riders made their first stop at Ladysmith Secondary School, and were welcomed by a gym full of excited students. LSS alumni and Tour de Rock rider, Cassie Loveless addressed her hometown crowd and told the youth they can do whatever they set their mind to. LSS leadership students presented Loveless with a cheque for $1,440. They also recieved a last minute donation of $100 to give to Tour de Rock. LSS music teach Rod Alsop had his beard shaved at the assembly as part of his fundraising efforts.
Later in the evening, the riders were honoured at the Red Serge dinner, a fundraiser held at Eagles Hall. The community showed their support in a big way with over $30,000 in donations given to Tour de Rock.
Ed Polachek presented a cheque for $8,000, which he raised over the year collected recyclable cans and bottles. Tim Hortons raised $5,150 from smile cookie sales. The Eagles Aerie presented a cheque for $1,000, and the ladies’ auxiliary presented a cheque for $1,200. The RCMP Veterans of Central Vancouver Island gave $500. Ladysmith Logger Sports raised $5,600. North Oyster Fire Department gave $600. The Ladysmith Lion’s Club gave $1,000. Ladysmith Fire Resuce raised $1,700 from hot dog sales at Logger Sports. David Stalker Excavation gave $5,000.