Mounties adorned in red serge lined the front of Langley Fine Arts School (LFAS) last Thursday to welcome Cops for Cancer cyclists.
Their nine-day trek sees the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley group visit businesses and schools in 13 communities.
Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Cops for Cancer are used to fund life-saving research, as well as support programs.
Last year, Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley raised more than $450,000. The goal this year is to match or exceed that total.
This year’s ride is Langley RCMP Const. Craig Van Herk’s 14th.
He rode for many years but now is part of the support team.
“It’s been rewarding to say the least. I’ve gotten to interact with some pretty amazing kids over the years. They are the reason I do this and will keep doing this,” said Van Herk.
On Sept. 21, the Tour de Valley cyclists filed into the LFAS gym, where students and staff at the Fort Langley school gave them an enthusiastic send-off on day one of their ride.
Among the cyclists is Langley RCMP Const. Rochelle Carr, who said she has “always done a lot of work with kids” since starting her career with the RCMP.
“I was given the opportunity back in 2011 to ride,” Carr said, as she waited to enter the gym with her teammates.
“I love working with kids and it’s such a great cause, and a good way for police to interact with kids in a positive way.”
Carr has been touched by cancer, losing her grandmother to the disease in 2011.
“We were very close so it was a hard loss, for sure,” Carr shared.
As for the experience ahead, Carr said she looked forward to it.
“I think it’s going to be great,” she said. “We’re going to see a lot of kids and see some kids who we’re helping. It’s going to be a really good time.”
After making stops in Langley, South Surrey, White Rock, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and Boston Bar over the previous six days, Tour de Valley visits Mission today (Sept. 27); Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen tomorrow (Sept. 28), and winds up in Surrey Friday (Sept. 29).