The City of Merritt and the local RCMP Detachment will once again be represented at this year’s Cops for Kids ride as Cpl. Derrick Francis is set to pedal for the third time in the event.
Recently, Cpl. Francis joined Q101 to discuss his upcoming 1000 km trek around the Interior.
“We had another member from Merritt, Jon Puterbough, who was participating at the time and he told me what a positive experience it was for him and some of the families they were able to meet,” began Francis. “So, I decided to buy a used bike and do it for myself and hopefully I can do it for a long time to come.”
Since 2001, the charity has raised over $5.5 million for families across the Interior.
“All the funds stay in the Interior of British Columbia. So, families in the Interior can apply for these funds when they’re facing health challenges with a child. A number of the funds are used for some of the things the medical services don’t provide like travel expenses, accommodation, lost wages in order to keep to family together during the challenging times,” added Francis.
As of July 6, Francis has raised $793 of his $2,500 goal with just over three months left before the ride begins on September 11.
More information on the ride can be found – https://www.copsforkids.org/the-ride/
To donate directly to Cpl. Francis - https://trellis.org/derrick-francis-2020-cops-for-kids-ride
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