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Cops For Kids bike ride stops in Creston

The Cops for Kids bike ride made its stop at the Creston RCMP detachment yesterday.

RCMP officers, peace officers, BC sheriff and Correction officers, and civilians are set to bike almost 1,000 kilometers from Kelowna to Cranbrook and back.

And Creston’s own Cst. Brett Urano says it has not been an easy ride so far.

“The ride’s been challenging, as you would expect. But we’ve all gotten through it and we’re looking forward to riding (on).”

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Despite the challenges, Urano says it’s for a worthy cause.

“It’s one of the best ways I can think of of giving back to children. All the money we raise during this ride goes directly to those kids and makes sure they get the support or the help they need. For childhood cancers, mobility aids, anything that the Cops for Kids Foundation deems to be necessary or beneficial to children, they try to support it as best they can.”

Corporal Tania Finn says they have been taking the challenge since 2001.

“Since that time, we have raised over $6 million for kids, all within the southeast area of our province. And we’ve helped over 3,000 families.”

She says that money is put to good use.

“It goes towards a lot of medical expenses, any emergency dental that isn’t covered, specialized equipment that kids might need that isn’t funded elsewhere. We really step in wherever those gaps and whatever the kids need to get healthy.”

Each rider had to have raised $2,500 just to partake in the ride.

Donations are still being accepted. Those wishing to help out can donate online.

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