In the early hours of Friday morning, drivers gathered at the View Royal Fire Hall to get things going.
Alumni riders were again represented at this year’s Tour de Rock, but with the relaxed COVID restrictions for gatherings, the community stops were back.
“The Tour de Rock has taken a slightly different shape in recent years with the global pandemic,” says driver Cole Brewer.
“It doesn’t change that children are still diagnosed with cancer and the other big thing that hasn’t changed is our community support.”
This support was evident along the entire route with many donations and great moments on the last day.
“This is the largest charity on Vancouver Island, and it’s not necessarily because of us, the drivers,” says Brewer.
“It’s all about the people and community of Vancouver Island who continue to give and give and support to all of these children in the province who are battling cancer.”
As always, the school stations were a source of inspiration, from a rousing greeting from the Reynolds Secondary School band to Oak Bay student Ethan Moen shaving his head.
“Cops for Cancer has always been big here at Oak Bay, and I really wanted to be there since ninth grade,” says Moen.
“So I thought you know what we’ve all got in there, we’re all sad, let’s bring some joy and let my hair grow out to support this great cause.”
The money raised will be used to support Camp Goodtimes, which offers children with cancer the opportunity to attend a summer camp in a safe, medically monitored environment.
“At Camp Goodtimes, we come mainly from Cops for Cancer, Tour de Rock is most of the funding,” says Camp Director Danielle McVicar.
To donate to the Tour de Rock, visit their website.