We all know Cst. Mike Hull as a proud law enforcement official and Cops for Kids community liaison but this September he’s got a new partner in crime. Cst. Amber Brunner will join the Cops for Kids Ride team to embark on a challenge of a different kind.
The Cops for Kids Ride Team and will leave Kelowna on Friday Sept. 6 on a 10-day, 1,000-kilometre cycling journey across south eastern British Columbia. The annual Cops for Kids Ride raises funds and awareness for children in medical, physical and traumatic crisis in our region, for the funding of medical equipment, therapies, travel to Children’s Hospital, learning and mobility aids.
Since 2001, Cops for Kids have raised more than $2 million in support of local children. In the past three years approximately $26,000 has been given back to the Town of Golden, including 10 children dealing with a variety of challenges (providing them with colour printers and laminators, Soundfield FM hearing assistance devices, several iPads, products to assist with mobility, and travel costs associated with medical appointments).
“Last year we were honoured to assist the hospital by providing $11,500 in funding towards a new pediatric crib,” said Hull.
During the 10-day ride, Cops for Kids riders will cycle into 18 different communities across South Eastern British Columbia, where they will have the opportunity to meet many of the children who benefit from this event. Meeting these Little Ambassadors will remind each rider of the challenges that they face each day, and it will keep them focused to help better the lives of these children.
“I’m excited to take on this challenge again this year for my third year, and to have Amber join this important cause. It’s an honour to be a part of such an event that helps children in our communities,” said Hull. “Many of these items aren’t covered by our health care, or other support agencies. Cops for Kids can help to provide these crucial funds to assist local children as a direct result of the success of this event.”
“I’ve known about the Cops for Kids Ride for a while, but I’m glad that this year I’m able to join Mike as a team member from Golden after I’ve seen what a difference the funds have made for local children,” added Brunner.
As a part of the 2013 Cops for Kids Ride, the team will be arriving in Golden on Thursday Sept. 12 at approximately 1:30 p.m. at Sobey’s where they will be doing some community presentations to local children. Lunch for the riders has been donated by the Fire Pit.
Several local businesses have been a tremendous help to the Cops for Kids riders, including: College of the Rockies, Rotary, the Golden Rockets, Lions’ Club, Selkirk Sports, Sobey’s, Overwaitea, the Fire Pit BBQ Smokehouse, Little Chimps Preschool, Canadian Pacific, Mountain Magic Quilter’s Guild, The Winston, The Legion, Kat Hatford Photography, the Jungle Room, and all the generous individual donations.