He went high in the sky to raise a high amount.
Delta police Const. Ken Usipiuk was stationed 50 feet in the air last weekend outside the Save-On-Foods in Tsawwassen during a fundraising pole sit for 50 hours in support of the 15th annual Ride2Survive.
Thanks to fantastic support from the South Delta community, more than $33,000 was raised.
This is the ninth year Usipiuk has participated in Ride2Survice by providing the police escort from Kelowna to Delta. This year’s event is Saturday, June 22.
“I personally made a promise to the Ride2Survive family that I was going to get them $30,000 from the pole sit,” Usipiuk said. “We exceeded that. The kudos actually go to the good citizens who supported. Cancer does not discriminate. It touches everyone – your family, friends and co-workers. If I’m healthy enough I can do my part and the community certainly did their’s by showing their support.”
During the event, which ran from last Friday at 1 p.m. until Sunday at 3 p.m., police Chief Neil Dubord joined Usipiuk up in the air, while volunteers served up a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning and grilled up hot dogs and other refreshments throughout Saturday and Sunday.
“Quite a few of my co-workers came down below. That was humbling for me too that my co-workers come out and support me,” he said. “Everyone is busy with work and their own families, so for them to come out and shake the fundraising can for an hour really means a lot. I don’t know of any other chief who would come and do this, so I really appreciate Chief Dubord’s support.”
The Ride2Survive is the Canadian Cancer Society’s largest single-day independent, all-volunteer fundraising event in Canada.