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Award honours officers who Pedal for Hope

More than a dozen local police officers were honoured during Volunteer Week with a community award from the Canadian Cancer Society.

Four (of 17) Pedal for Hope team members pose with their award presented by Brad Warner, Community Fundraising Specialist at the local Cancer Society Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Four (of 17) Pedal for Hope team members pose with the award presented by Brad Warner, Community Fundraising Specialist at the Cancer Society Volunteer Appreciation Night.

The 17 officers from Prince Edward OPP, Belleville Police, Hastings OPP and Quinte West OPP who participate in Pedal for Hope raise funds and awareness for childhood cancers over a two-week biking tour to Quinte area schools.  More than 20 children in the Quinte area are battling cancer.

High-energy assemblies are held that feature presentations to children, head shaves, ice cream eating contest, and educational messages about fighting cancer and living healthy lifestyles.

Over the past three years, Pedal for Hope has raised more than $232,000 for children, and their families, battling cancer.

Brad Warner, Community Fundraising Specialist with the Cancer Society at Belleville notes the award, “Celebrating Impact in Community Fundraising” recognizes the officers’ for championing Pedal for Hope, as an independent fundraising event that has resulted in a significant financial contribution to the society and serves as a model for other third-party event organizers.

The fourth annual Pedal for Hope kicks-off Monday, April 27. Over two weeks, 17 officers, with 10 support crew members, will be biking to 30 schools throughout Prince Edward County, Belleville, Quinte West, Stirling, Marmora, Madoc, Tweed and Tyendinaga.

Pedal for Hope comes to the County Wednesday, April 29 visiting Massassauga Rednersville, Kente and CML Snider public schools; April 30 at Pinecrest, South Marysburgh public schools and St. Gregory’s Catholic School and May 1 to PECI where Queen Elizabeth School will join in the event.

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