The 2016 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock kicks off its mid-Island fundraising campaign next week with a pair of Tour de Parks events at Rathtrevor Provincial Park and a barbecue and silent auction in Qualicum Beach.
The Tour de Parks will take place Wednesday, July 27, and Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. each day. They will start with bike safety checks, followed by a parade from the campground through the park at 10:30 a.m. Other activities include a meet-and-greet with 2016 tour riders Brady Mathison of the Port Alberni RCMP and special guest rider Mena Westhaver.
Boston Pizza will be serving pizza by the slice, by donation.
Later on July 30, a Qualicum Beach Tour de Rock fundraiser will be held from 4-8 p.m. at 321 Burnham Road, just south of the Highway 4 intersection with the Island Highway.
Guests are invited to meet Mathison and enjoy a barbecue, drinks and appetizers. The event includes a cash bar and silent auction. Tickets for the barbecue are $25. For more info, contact Brady or Fiona Mathison at
All funds raised go to support local pediatric cancer support services, including funding for children to attend Camp Goodtimes.
Additional fundraisers will take place in communities throughout the mid Island, including a Tour de Rock barbecue at Thrifty Foods in Parksville Aug. 20. The 2016 tour makes its annual stop in Parksville Sept. 29 for the Beer and Burger night, head shaves and cheque presentations with the riders at The Quality Inn Bayside.
The 2016 Tour de Rock begins Sept. 24 in Port Alice and will wrap up Oct. 7 at Spirit Square in Victoria. For more info, visit www.tourderock.ca or the Facebook page Cops for Cancer - Tour de Rock.