The annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast kicked off today in Vancouver. The event sees law enforcement and emergency service personnel from around B.C. cycle 800 kilometers over 9 days from the Lower Mainland to the Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor and back.

Two local officers will be participating in this years ride, Staff Sargent Jolaine Percival with the Squamish RCMP detachment and Constable Christopher Jay with the Sunshine Coast RCMP.

The tour will make stops at local schools and businesses to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research and support programs for children and families living with cancer. Staff Sargent Jolaine Percival says the money from the fundraising also goes towards sending children diagnosed with cancer to Camp Good Times on Loon Lake in Maple Ridge; “It costs $1,500 to send one child and their family to the camp, and it’s an opportunity for them to, really, maybe not focus on the battles and the challenges that they’re going through but to have a good time…”.

Donations can be made to the event by clicking here. The community is invited to cheer on the riders when they stop at the Squamish RCMP detachment on September 23rd at 3pm.

You can listen to a full interview with Staff Sargent Jolaine Percival by clicking here.


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