Vernon officer riding for kids

Sheriff participates in Cops for Kids tour of the southeastern part of B.C.

Deputy sheriff Kevin Lane has been training all summer for the journey of a lifetime.

The local officer embarks on a cycling journey for kids Thursday, leaving Kelowna for the 10 day, 2012 Cops for Kids Ride.

The annual Cops for Kids ride takes the team of 28 RCMP riders, sheriffs, border services officers, civilians and support crew across the southeastern portion of B.C. to raise money for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis in our communities.

“I’ve been riding my bike all summer, trying to train for the gruelling terrain and elevation changes we’ll face over the 10 days,” said Lane.

“I know that this journey will be a life-changing experience for me, but it’s nothing compared to what these kids face on a daily basis.”

Lane has also been fundraising all summer to participate in the ride.  Each rider is responsible for raising a minimum of $2,000, and Lane has already raised $1,265 through various events and family/friends in the community.

“These children require medical equipment, mobility and 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 Lane.

“I know that I’ll miss my family while I’m away, but I’m excited to know that what I’m doing is making a difference in the lives of children who need it most.”

The Cops for Kids Ride takes place Sept. 7 to 16, and will arrive in Vernon Sept 16.

Lake Country’s Stephen James is also taking part in the ride.