Sgt. Troy Durand sits for a head and mustache shave at Golden Secondary School. Students raised funds in a challenge to help out a local student and family with medical issues.

Sgt. Troy Durand sits for a head and mustache shave at Golden Secondary School. Students raised funds in a challenge to help out a local student and family with medical issues.

Buzz the Fuzz

  • May. 31, 2011 10:00 a.m.



Golden RCMP teamed up with Golden Secondary School to help raise funds for a local family. Buzz the Fuzz, a fundraising event hosted at Golden Secondary School, presented Michaela Dunn and Sydney Mitchell with $5000 on behalf of Cops for Kids and more specifically Michael Hull who will be riding in the Cops for Kids ride.

Sydney Mitchell received a heart transplant seven years ago. Sydney was recently diagnosed with Post Transplant Coronary Artery Disease and will require another heart transplant. If this was not hard enough on the family, Michaela, a high school student, was diagnosed with Aortic Valve Stenosis. This is a condition that in worst-case scenarios, can cause heart attacks and death. Because Michaela was diagnosed recently, it is unsure exactly what treatment options will take place.

Cops for Kids, an organization that allows RCMP officers in the Southern Interior of BC the chance to help provide financial support to children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis, has come at a perfect time for this family.

“I put the word out in the community about what I was doing and Dawn Purvis told me about this family,” says Hull, “a few of our officers know people in the school pretty well so we talked to the PARTY Program and that’s how Buzz the Fuzz was started.

Buzz the Fuzz encouraged students to raise funds for Michaela and Sydney and as a reward the students were given the opportunity to shave a large handful of the police officer’s heads- and mustaches that hadn’t been shaved in 40 years.

A couple students also stepped up to the plate and allowed for their heads to be shaved as well.

“I will be doing different fundraising events throughout the summer and if anyone has any ideas I’m open to them.”

Cops for Kids celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010 and in the time since its first year has raised over $1.5 million, which has gone to children in the Southern Interior of BC in need.

If you would like to donate to Cops for Kids, visit online at www.copsforkids.ca, click donate now and find Hull’s name. Donations can also be accepted at the detachment office during office hours.

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