(photo courtesy – copsforkids.org)
Merritt RCMP’s Cpl. Derrick Francis and Cst. Jon Puterbough will once again be riding 1000 kilometres for a great cause with Cops for Kids.
The ten-day ride that circumnavigates southern British Columbia is an annual event to help raise awareness and funds to continue their pledge to assist children in medical crisis.
The ride begins on September 5th.
The route doesn’t go through the Merritt area, but Francis and Puterbough will once again help bring a Merritt flare to the event. The 2019 ride will be Puterbough’s third and Francis’ second.
“It has been one of the most fulfilling activities I have ever done. Seeing firsthand how much our support can change a child and a family is truly heartwarming,” said Puterbough.
Francis spoke to why he decided to take on the grueling ride once again this September.
“It was because of meeting all the families. We were able to meet 57 of the families that were helped in previous years on the ride,” he said. “There are some children out there with significant health requirements and the family’s financial needs. Just meeting the family and realizing what a good cause it is. Everything that’s donated goes to the families, for anything from traveling expenses, accommodation, right up to a girl with cerebral palsy that we helped buy a wheelchair.”
He added the specialized wheelchair was able to be steered by the young girl’s eyes.
Every rider is required to raise a minimum of $2,500, and last year the ride raised more than half a million dollars.
On July 26, the two Mounties are holding a fundraising dinner in partnership with a local bar. For $15 you can get a baron of beef with $10 going directly to the cause. Full details and tickets can be purchased at the Merritt RCMP Detachment.
Donations can also be submitted through their website - https://www.copsforkids.org/donate/ (tax receipts available)
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