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Tour de Rock team unveiling marks start of Vancouver Island cancer fundraiser – Vancouver Island Free Daily

Music, alumni and residents hosted the annual Rock Tour as a team traveled to Sidney for its finale last October. (Christine van Reeuwyk/press team)
Tour de Rock riders Cydney MacNeill, left, Mike Sherman, Steve Smith, Ashley Cockle, Dave Giles and their teammates set off along Selby Street in Nanaimo on Sept. 26, 2021. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)Tour de Rock riders Cydney MacNeill, left, Mike Sherman, Steve Smith, Ashley Cockle, Dave Giles and their teammates set off along Selby Street in Nanaimo on Sept. 26, 2021. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)
Parksville resident Bradd Tuck smiles while having his head shaved by Anissa Derek of Full-Throttle Hair Garage to raise money for the Cops for Cancer Tour De Rock 2021. The tour stopped at the Visitor Center of visitors to the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce on September 29.  24. Runners watching the hair shave event are Simon Douthwaite, Kim Laidman and Cassie Loveless.  (Photo by Michael Briones)Parksville resident Bradd Tuck smiles while having his head shaved by Anissa Derek of Full-Throttle Hair Garage to raise money for the Cops for Cancer Tour De Rock 2021. The tour stopped at the Visitor Center of visitors to the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce on September 29. 24. Runners watching the hair shave event are Simon Douthwaite, Kim Laidman and Cassie Loveless. (Photo by Michael Briones)
Members of Rock's 2021 Cops for Cancer Tour walk Ladysmith during a workout.  (Photo by Duck Paterson)Members of Rock’s 2021 Cops for Cancer Tour walk Ladysmith during a workout. (Photo by Duck Paterson)

After a tough few years in which Rock’s Cops for Cancer Tour took on a slightly different format, the 25th anniversary team is due to be announced this week.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Tour de Rock committee is hosting the 2022 race team unveiling ceremony this Friday (May 6) morning at Tillicum Elementary School in Saanich.

The nomination of the riders, primarily from Vancouver Island law enforcement and other emergency services, marks the first step in a momentous return to the island for the tour. The last full drive from Port Alice to Victoria, raising funds for childhood cancer research and support, was in 2019.

Last year’s hybrid model, with runners crossing their own communities and pooling their efforts, raised more than $500,000 for the cause.

As a national fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, Cops for Cancer has raised nearly $50 million to increase survival rates and support children with cancer and their families. The Tour de Rock has raised more than half of that amount to more than $26 million, providing research funds and helping to support efforts like Camp Goodtimes which provides respite and fun for cancer patients, survivors and family members.

This year’s tour hits the road on Saturday September 24 in Port Alice and winds its way south, stopping in more than two dozen communities before concluding in the grand finale on October 7 in Victoria. Community and school fundraisers along the way, the proceeds of which are announced during rider visits, are in addition to the amount pledged to individual riders and the team itself.

For more information, visit tourderock.ca.


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