The Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley rolled through Delta last Thursday on day seven of their eight-day ride supporting Camp Goodtimes and fundraising for cancer research.
After a visit to Sunshine Hills Elementary in North Delta, riders made their way to South Delta for a stop at Delta Police Headquarters where they received a warm and enthusiastic welcome from officers and support staff.
Chief Neil Dubord and Acting Insp. James Sandberg, media spokesperson for DPD both thanked and recognized the riders, which included DPD constables Cody Fenske, Ryan Hooseman and Daryl Krumbhols.
Dubord presented special gifts to honourary youth riders Carys and Ellen Stevens and Zac Bulger and then volunteers served up a barbecue lunch for the riders.
“What a great day to be able to host this event,” said Dubord. “I’m extremely proud to welcome all the riders – 700 km into this year’s Tour de Valley – all of which you are showing here – a significant commitment. These are the little things we do that truly do make a difference.”
Cops for Cancer rides have been going on for 24 years and have raised more than $52 million for paediatric cancer research and to help kids attend Camp Goodtimes.
Fenske, Hooseman and Krumbhols were apart of 21 police, paramedics and corrections officers pedalling their road bikes, averaging 100 km a day during the eight-day ride.
“I’d say for me, the most memorable thing has been meeting the kids, hearing their stories and seeing the impacts that Camp Goodtimes has had on them,” said Fenske.
Hooseman and Krumbhols both shared that when you speak with the kids and the parents that they have met during their stops along the ride, it really hits home.
“It truly is an honour to be a part of this,” said Krumbhols. “When you see the impacts, it makes the ride that much more meaningful.”
All three said, if called upon, would participate in the ride again.