Allison Roberts will be back on her bike as one of the alumni taking part in the modified Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. (PQB file photo)

Allison Roberts will be back on her bike as one of the alumni taking part in the modified Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. (PQB file photo)

Parksville rider to join alumni for modified Tour de Rock

Roberts pleased to again be involved in Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer event

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock will be pedalling in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area but the tour will look significantly different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Alumni rider Allison Roberts of RLC Park Services, who represented the Parksville Qualicum Beach area in 2018, will be back to join a smaller group of former Tour de Rock riders that aims to keep the spirit and magic of the tour alive.

“I’m honoured and excited to get on my bike again and wear the colours of Tour de Rock in Parksville and Qualicum and hopefully build some excitement and support in Oceanside for an important cause,” said Roberts, who added that this will show the kids and families living with cancer that they are supported.

“Cancer doesn’t stop in a pandemic and neither does Tour de Rock’s efforts to fundraise for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes,” she said.

This year’s Tour de Rock starts Wednesday, Sept. 23, launching from Port Alice as in previous years and winding its way down the Island, finishing in Victoria on Oct. 2. COVID-19 restrictions prevented the formation of a new team, so for the first time in the Tour de Rock’s 22-year history, alumni riders are pedalling segments of the route within their communities on consecutive days, like a relay of mini-tours.

There will be five alumni riders riding from Parksville to Qualicum Beach on Friday, Sept. 25.

There are already some dedicated supporters of the tour in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area who plan to be out on that day to help raise funds.

Parksville Coun. Adam Fras said he, along with members of the Oceanside RCMP detachment and Joan LeMoine, who has consistently been involved with the COPS for Cancer Tour de Rock, having her locks shaved for cash, plan to be at Save-On Foods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 to ask the public for donations.

Those wishing to donate to the COPS for Cancer Tour de Rock can also drop them off the Parksville Community Centre as well as online.

Canadian Cancer SocietyCops for CancerParksvillequalicum beachTour de Rock

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members, before descending into a gorge near Nile Creek to rescue an injured woman on Sunday, May 2, 2021. (ASAR Twitter photo)
Arrowsmith SAR crews help rescue hiker who plunged 10 metres onto rocks near Nile Creek

Helicopter with winch system required for technical operation in remote location

The courthouse in Nanaimo, B.C. (News Bulletin file)
Nanoose Bay man sentenced after causing a dog unnecessary pain and suffering

Kiefer Tyson Giroux, 26, given six-month sentence after beating pet he was supposed to be caring for

The graph provided by the City of Parksville in a release issued on May 4, depicting a balanced financial budget for 2021. (submitted photo)
City of Parksville announces a balanced budget for 2021

Penalty date for property tax payments extended from July 2 to Oct. 1

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

A wild rabbit grazes in Nanaimo, B.C. in this Feb.2, 2018 photo. Rabbit owners in Alberta are being warned about a deadly virus that was identified in a southern Alberta household last month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner
‘Like a flash fire:’ Rabbit owners warned about outbreak of deadly disease in Alberta

The disease is confined to rabbits and cannot spread to humans

A lady wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Level of immunity among the population changes with the variants, especially the more transmissible strains

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
Clash between loggers, activists halts forestry operations over Fairy Creek

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

Following a one-year pause due to the pandemic, the Snowbirds were back in the skies over the Comox Valley Wednesday (May 5) morning. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Video: Snowbirds hold first training session in Comox Valley in more than 2 years

The team will conduct their training from May 4 to 26 in the area

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

Most Read