B.C. cops cycle Hwy 16 to fundraise for Canadian Cancer Society

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First responders on a seven-day cycling journey to fundraise for the Canadian Cancer Society stopped in Terrace before setting out on the final stretch of Highway 16 to Prince Rupert on Sept. 23.

The 16 RCMP officers who were in Terrace, began their journey from Prince George a week ago and were greeted by community members along every stop, said Chetwynd detachment commander, Sgt. Wahnese Antonioni-Stevens who is riding for the first time this year.

Antonioni-Stevens, who served in the Kitimat detachment previously, said that each of them were riding for someone they know has fought, or is fighting the disease.

She said it was inspiring to see the officers’ commitment to the cause despite the weather, heavy rains and even when their legs got sore from all the cycling.

An annual event, Cops-For-Cancer has been fundraising for the cause for almost two decades with this tour being its 20th edition.

This year the group was aiming to raise $100,000 and according to Antonioni-Stevens, they have already raised over $130,000.

She called the support from communities “overwhelming.”

Another officer in the group from Williams Lake, Kevin Wiebe, who grew up in Terrace, said he was excited to be back in his hometown. Wiebe was riding in honour of his sister-in-law, Leah Wiebe who died in 2017 after a long battle with Leukemia.

In Terrace, a dinner reception was held for the group by MacCarthy GM and AMECO at the Thornhill Pub on Wednesday evening.

The tour ended on Thursday, in Prince Rupert.

Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Terrace Standard

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