Annual Cops for Kids Ride fundraiser passes through Penticton

Five Penticton-area police officers took part in the annual Cops for Kids bike ride fundraiser Friday (Sept. 11) afternoon. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Five Penticton-area police officers took part in the annual Cops for Kids bike ride fundraiser Friday (Sept. 11) afternoon. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Five Penticton-area police officers took part in the annual Cops for Kids bike ride fundraiser Friday (Sept. 11) afternoon. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Five Penticton-area police officers took part in the annual Cops for Kids bike ride fundraiser Friday (Sept. 11) afternoon. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Locals travelling Main Street today in Penticton waved as a group of RCMP members cycled through town.

The annual Cops for Kids fundraiser hit the road in Kelowna Friday (Sept. 11) morning and arrived in Penticton in the early afternoon. Locally, the group of five cyclists travelled from Wade Avenue, down Main Street to Skaha Lake.

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The fundraiser sees police officers from several detachments gather for a 10-day bike ride to raise money to assist children who have suffered a medical, physical or traumatic crisis.

The ride would normally consist of a larger group, however due to COVID-19, things this year were a bit different. The event shifted to designate a few local riders to complete each leg on behalf of the team.

“The remainder of the team will continue to pedal 100 km each day in their home community as a promise to the children who need them most,” reads a statement on the Cops for Kids website.

From Penticton, Carmen Penney, Dean Marchand, Liz Vant Erve, Andrew Deane were listed as taking part in the local ride. From Naramata, Dan Moskaluk. From Osoyoos, Jared Zeeman. To see the full list of Okanagan riders, click here.

The ride departed from Reid’s Corner in Kelowna, Friday morning, and is set to make its way through the South Okanagan to Osoyoos by the evening. Over the next 10 days, riders will hit Castlegar, Nelson, Creston, Cranbrook, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Vernon, and will return to the Central Okanagan on Sept. 20.

The route map of the Cops for Kids fundraiser. (Contributed)

Those who want to show their support are encouraged to cheer and wave from the side of the road as cyclists pass.

“Make a sign, ring your bell, wear your blue. Support our Cops for Kids riders.”

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