Sooke gets behind officer’s fundraiser

Lacroix family – Robert

A seriously ill RCMP officer is the beneficiary of widespread support from across the south Island.

The Sidney-stationed Cst. Robert Lacroix, a 38-year-old Sooke resident and father of four was diagnosed last month with a terminal form of cancer. As a final wish he has expressed the desire to take his family to Disneyland and colleagues and neighbours have rallied on his behalf.

Caring contributions from Sooke have helped to swell the province-wide proceeds to well over $100,000.

Staff Sergeant Steve Wright told the Sooke News Mirror members of local RCMP detachment had come up with a significant monetary contribution and that a service club and various local residents had been instrumental in doing work on the Lacroix home to help it sell more quickly. The family is hoping to move back home to Quebec to be closer to family in Robert’s remaining days.

With four kids ranging in age from 11 to three a trip to Disneyland will obviously go over big and the family is scheduled to head south after a major fundraising gala set for the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney on Saturday, May 14. S.Sergeant Wright indicated all of gala tickets made available to the Sooke detachment had been snapped up.

Expressions of support are apparently showing up from as far away as Ontario and anyone with an interest in being part of the effort is invited to log on to:

lacroixfamilytrustfund.com, or phone 250-656-3931.