Law officials take to bikes for kids

Armstrong RCMP Const. Tyler Jackson, Vernon sheriff Kevin Lane and Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Reg Burgess ride with Cops for Kids

Three North Okanagan law enforcement officials are changing from uniforms to cycling gear, all for a great cause.

Armstrong RCMP officer Const. Tyler Jackson, Vernon sheriff Kevin Lane and Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Reg Burgess are among the 21 riders and six support people from within the RCMP’s SouthEast District that will take part in the annual Cops For Kids Ride, which begins today in  Kelowna.

Jackson and Lane are among the cyclists who will travel 1,000 kilometres around B.C.’s southeastern portion, returning to Kelowna Sunday, Sept. 15.

Burgess will join the team as a support crew member for the final three days of the tour.

The 2013 Ride, presented by The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation, will take the team across the South Eastern corner of British Columbia, to raise awareness and essential funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.

“I’m honoured to be a part of this event again this year. These children require medical equipment, mobility & learning aids that aren’t covered by government funding, and Cops for Kids is able to provide these crucial funds because of this event,” said presenting sponsor Tom Budd. “This team covers some gruelling terrain to get across the region, and they’ve proven themselves as leaders in the community.”

Over the 10-day journey, Cops for Kids riders will cycle into 18 different communities across south eastern B.C., where they will be welcomed by local hotels, restaurants and service clubs who come together to offer their hospitality at little or no cost. Saving on these costs, allows the group to put their efforts towards the children who need it most.

Cops For Kids will cycle into Vernon on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14.

Today’s send-off breakfast will be hosted by the Sandman Hotel Kelowna. At 9 a.m., the team will be led out of Kelowna on Highway 97 south for the start of the 2013 trek.

“This is a group of individuals who have all come together to make a difference for local children,” said ride captain, Cpl. Brian Burke. “They’ve all been training and fundraising all summer, and now they come together as a team to ride rain or shine to raise even more money and awareness for children in our region.”

Daily updates will appear on the team blog during the ride.

To follow the team along their journey or to make a donation please visit the website at www.copsforkids.org, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.