Tour de Rock finishes ride in Victoria and Saanich

Port McNeill Const. Brent Shemilt bike ride with the Tour de Rock came to an end on Friday, Oct. 7.

Port McNeill Const. Brent Shemilt’s bike ride with the Tour De Rock came to an end on Friday, Oct. 7 as the team rode into their final destinations in Victoria and Saanich.

Far too many of us have felt the sting caused by cancer. It can leave feelings of fear and anger. But the 17 brave cyclists are reminding us we don’t have to feel helpless or hopeless.

The annual Cops for Cancer fundraiser ride started Sept. 24 in Port Alice on its 1,000-kilometre journey to raise funds and lift hopes.

The Tour de Rock has made a difference and will continue to make a difference. Since 1998, the initiative has raised $21 million for pediatric cancer research and support programs for cancer patients.

The Tour de Rock has developed a strong connection with Vancouver Island communities, among the police officers who ride, those of us who support them, and all the various cancer agencies and volunteers and friends of the tour.

The police and those they serve have a better relationship here, we think, in part because of the tour, because it unites us in a common cause.

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