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Riding for a cause around Rathtrevor

Oceanside RCMP Tour de Rock riders Jordan Reid, left, and George Minshull, right, led a big bike procession in the first ever Tour de Rath Bike Parade in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park July 31. - BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO
Oceanside RCMP Tour de Rock riders Jordan Reid, left, and George Minshull, right, led a big bike procession in the first ever Tour de Rath Bike Parade in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park July 31.
— image credit: BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO

The Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock has already started filling up donation jars in the Parksville area.

From July 27 to August 2, campers at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park were riding in circles around the campsite to raise awareness and money for the childhood cancer fundraiser.

Organizers of Tour de Rathtrevor wanted campers to ride as far as the Tour de Rock team will ride in September (more than 1,000 km) and raise at least $1 for each of those km ($1,000).

Alli Roberts who works for RCL Park Services came up with the idea to have Rathtrevor campers support the fundraising efforts of Tour de Rock, and event sponsored by Black Press, the owner of The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

Last year, campers donated $1,000 and RCL matched the donation.

This year's Tour de Rathtrevor had the same financial goal and judging by how many riders who were tracking their laps on day one, the target should be a cinch.

Park campers and guests were encouraged to record their laps around the park and make a donation to the campaign which supports pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer.

As part of the Tour de Rath, there was a Bike Parade July 31 that saw throngs of cyclists join Oceanside RCMP Tour de Rock riders Jordan Reid and George Minshull do a few laps around the park. Afterwards, riders got their pictures taken with the riders and learned some safety tips.

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