Constable Jennifer Collins and her five-year old daughter Olivia pose by Collins’ bike.

Cops for Cancer Tour de North ride wraps up in Prince Rupert

Cops for Cancer Tour de North riders concluded their weeklong bicycle journey in Prince Rupert on Sept. 20.

RCMP members and the support team participating in the Cops for Cancer Tour de North ride concluded their weeklong bicycle journey with a reception at the Crest Hotel in Prince Rupert on Sept. 20.

The 850 km Tour de North ride through north central B.C. raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer research and programs like Camp Goodtimes to support children and their families living with cancer.

20 riders started in Prince George on Sept. 14, with 18 finishing their trip in Prince Rupert.

Inspector Bob Killbery and constable Jennifer Collins from Prince Rupert were happy to be home after riding an average 100 km per day, with the longest day being 170 km.

“We could ride another day or two. Everyday it seemed to get easier,” Killbery said.

“We met kids along the way that have been going through cancer treatments and kids that have been to Camp Goodtimes. After you see them and what they’ve been through, [riding] for a week seems like nothing,” Collins said.

Killbery said this was the perfect time to do the ride because he is retiring in November and his daughter, Jennifer Collins, had recently been transferred back to Prince Rupert.

“Being able to do the ride with Jenny has been a great experience,” Killbery said.

The amount raised from the Tour de North ride has not been released, but local riders raised over $20,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society from their fundraising efforts.

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