Tour de Rock riders roll into Victoria

Cycling team finishes off their nearly two-week pediatric cancer fundraiser ride from Port Alice to Victoria

Riders from the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock

There were funny moments, touching moments and proud moments after the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders arrived at their final destination Friday in Victoria.

The team rode their final few kilometres to a hero’s welcome at Centennial Square, where supporters and public well-wishers gathered to pay tribute to the riders, all but four of whom were members of a police organization.

Those in attendance met the junior riders – current and former pediatric cancer patients – who inspired the actual riders through the tough moments riding from Port Alice on the north Island to Victoria. Spectators heard stories from the road that gave a sense of how tight the team members became through months of training and 12 days on the actual ride.

Event host Mira Laurence of CTV Vancouver Island told the crowd how local high schools rallied behind the cause and raised thousands of dollars, through head shaves, leg waxings and other events. Reynolds secondary continued to “blow away” everyone in the fundraising department, bringing in $101,000 with this year’s campaign.

Final totals will be forthcoming as the donations continue to roll in. Watch www.vicnews.com for updates.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Foundation funds High Acuity Unit for Royal Jubilee Hospital to support COVID-19 patients

HAU provides level of critical care that can not be performed on other wards

Greater Victoria woman creates ‘call list’ for seniors to tackle loneliness

Call list allows seniors to have some friendly conversation during isolating times

COVID-19: School-based lunch programs expand to feed thousands during crisis

SD61 and community partners provide meals to 1,000 families per week

Report looks at COVID-19’s impact on violence in the family

Police across Canada reported almost 100,000 cases of intimate partner violence in 2018

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C. First Nations Health Authority launches virtual doctor program

Program to provide primary health care through COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

VIDEO: B.C. singer creates frontline workers tribute song

Cambree Lovesy’s song saluting those battling COVID-19 draws interest online

132,000 B.C. jobs lost just the start of COVID-19 impact, finance minister says

Finance Minister Carole James says ‘this isn’t the entire picture’

B.C. asking companies to contribute through online COVID-19 supply hub

New platform to co-ordinate, source, expedite supplies and equipment to support front-line workers

Controls can keep Canadian COVID-19 deaths under 22,000, health agency says

With poor containment measures, the death toll could be much, much higher, the agency says

Most Read