An Ecole Victor-Brodeur student has his head shaved during the Esquimalt school’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser event on Friday. The school contributed $7,000 to the cause, which supports pediatric cancer patients.                                Photo courtesy VicPD

An Ecole Victor-Brodeur student has his head shaved during the Esquimalt school’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser event on Friday. The school contributed $7,000 to the cause, which supports pediatric cancer patients. Photo courtesy VicPD

Tour de Rock completes epic Island journey in Victoria

Riders made stops across Capital Region finishing with roughly $1 million in donations

The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders cruised into Esquimalt on Friday morning before finishing their 1,100-kilometre journey at Centennial Square later that evening.

Twenty-four cyclists from across the Island, including police officers, firefighters and journalists, spent the last two weeks cycling from Port Alice to Victoria, raising money to fight childhood cancer.

Over the past 20 years, Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock has raised more than $23 million for pediatric cancer, a disease that touches so many.

Town Crier Robert Alexander congratulated the team on their “epic journey” and the Esquimalt crowd returned the favour with an impromptu “Happy Birthday” for Alexander, who turned 90 the day before.

Coun. Tim Morrison joined a crowd of all ages to ring a cowbell welcoming the riders to Archie Browning Sports Centre, telling the crowd his own niece battled the disease at age four.

“[This] touches the hearts of children with cancer,” he said. “It’s so reassuring for kids to know that everybody out there is supporting them in their fight, and one day we’re going to beat cancer because of all the energy that you put into cycling across this Island.”

Individual donations, as well as group, business and school contributions from across the Island totalled more than $924,185 at press time but were expected to reach the $1-million mark.

In Esquimalt, the team made a pit-stop at Ecole Victor-Brodeur where $7,816.35 was raised to support the cause, and Country Grocer presented the Tour riders with a cheque for $6,619.10.

Cops for cancer raise into the millions for fight against childhood cancer

A total of roughly $2 million was raised across B.C. through tours.

In the Fraser Valley, $320,000 was raised. During the Metro Vancouver tour, RCMP raised $578,000.

In the North, $224,000 was donated.

kristyn.anthony @vicnews.com

Tour de Rock

Just Posted

Rick Ruppenthal of Saltair will host a 12-hour talk-a-thon Friday, June 18 over Facebook live. (Photo submitted)
Talk-a-thon to focus on men’s mental health issues

Saltair man spearheading a campaign to generate more conversation during fundraiser

(File photo)
Poverty reduction survey identifies 10 poverty themes

Poverty reduction plan will be finalized in July 2021

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly says he has no intentions of leaving the Green Party. (House of Commons image)
Island Green MPs have “no intention” of leaving the party after ‘heartbreaking’ departure

Manly, May only remaining Green MPs after Jenica Atwin left for the Liberals over internal disputes

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-mast as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

CVSAR search the Puntledge River following a report of an abandoned kayak. Photo, CVSAR Facebook page
Comox Valley Search and Rescue spends four hours searching for no one

Overturned kayak a reminder for public to contact officials if they have to abandon a watercraft

Most Read