Friday, May 26, 2023

Planning underway for 2023 edition of Cops for Cancer Tour de North, with Prince Rupert the September 21st destination for the seven day ride

Update: Fundraising pages for the Prince Rupert participants are now available for review and contributions to the Tour de North efforts.


One of the more successful fundraising efforts for the Canadian Cancer society is making its return to Prince Rupert this September, with the city once again making for the finish line for the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.

The 2023 plans were launched yesterday at a Prince George event which outlined the scope of this years Tour, with teams already shaping up along the Highway 16 corridor and beyond for this years travels.

The tour itself will depart Prince George on September 15th with the participants travelling Highway 16 for seven days, with rests each night in communities along the way. The Grand finale comes Friday with the last push into Prince Rupert on September 21st.

So far thirteen law enforcement officers, first responders and guest riders from communities across Northern British Columbia have signed on for the tour.  The introductions to them to come through the summer, as well as the opportunity to support their efforts as part of their fundraising work.

2023 marks the 22nd edition of the Northern leg of the Cops for Cancer program one of four in the province.

The program one which has seen similar tours take place in BC and other provinces. The event is in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, with funds raised directed towards research  into childhood cancer as well as to the recreation camp for children with Cancer, Camp Good Times.

The training for the tour officially started yesterday following the launch event at the Prince George detachment of the RCMP, from that session it was noted that from the northwest, participants will come from Smithers and Prince Rupert.

Among those listed in the opening day roster include:

Kasper Green (Prince Rupert Fire Rescue), Justin Preston (Smithers RCMP), Jacque Van Wyngaardt (Prince Rupert RCMP), Jordan Venditelli (Prince Rupert Fire Rescue)

Follow the Tour de North website for more information as the fundraising programs launch over the next few weeks. The fundraising goal for 2023 is 200,000 dollars.

You can also follow the planning, training and then the ride through the social media page created for the 2023 Tour de North.

Some background from yesterday's launch for the 2023 event can be reviewed below:

More notes on Community events can be reviewed here.

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