For eight years in a row, beloved Parksville volunteer Joan LeMoine has donated her padlocks to help raise funds for Rock’s Cops for Cancer Tour.
This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LeMoine will not have that opportunity. The 2020 tour, which features former riders, has been significantly modified to avoid large gatherings to prevent the virus from spreading. But LeMoine is not easily deterred.
To make up for that, LeMoine went out into the community and spent about four hours looking for donations from shoppers at Save-On-Foods in Parksville on Friday, September 25.
“I really wanted to do something because I felt bad, I wasn’t going to shave my head fundraising,” LeMoine said. “I said ‘let’s fundraise anyway because the cancer won’t stop. “”
LeMoine raised nearly $50,000 for the tour and sent 26 children to Camp Goodtimes.
“We hope to have more kids camping next year,” said LeMoine, who had gone out with the blue bucket she’s successfully used for the past eight years to raise money. She was joined by members of the Oceanside RCMP Detachment and also by the Councillor. Adam Fras, who helped organize the event.
LeMoine met the runners who stopped. The team included former Parksville Qualicum Beach reps, Oceanside RCMP members Jesse Foreman (2013) and Jordan Reid (2014) and Allison Roberts (2018) of RLC Park Services.
The team stopped at various locations in the community to generate funds for children and families affected by cancer. There hasn’t been as much fanfare due to the pandemic, but attendees are still enthusiastic and dedicated to helping raise funds for cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.
“The cause is amazing,” Foreman said. “Each community had to do its part and I am happy to participate.”
Roberts said experiencing the tour two years ago made her a dedicated supporter of the cause.
“It’s such an amazing and emotional experience, and riding the bike,” Roberts said. “The emotional impact of the tour is so huge that you just have to support it. I had a very deep connection with my young superheroes that I rode for.
This year’s tour aims to raise $1.3 million.
Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino followed by Nanaimo on Sunday.
As we to Facebook and to follow we to Twitter
Cops for CancerCoronavirusParksvillequalicum beachvancouverisland