Cycling the South Okanagan for kids

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Some members of the Penticton RCMP detachment and other local law enforcement personnel will soon pushing pedals to raise funds and awareness and for kids facing illness, disability or traumatic crisis through this year’s Cops for Kids Ride. Representing the RCMP are Const. Andrew Deane, Const. Liz Vant Erve and Const. Jared Zeeman, who will be joined by corrections officer Heather Carter, corrections supervisor Spencer Frost, and civilian Dean Marchand. They will be part of a group of over 30 riders who will leave Kelowna on Sept. 9 for 10 days of cycling through the South Okanagan to the Kootenays as far east as Cranbrook before returning to Kelowna. During the tour, the team will stop at community events to meet with the public and children who benefit from the fundraising efforts. To earn a spot on the team, the riders have been training on their own time, volunteering at community events and fundraised $2,500. “Once we’re out on the road, we meet the nicest folks who thank us for our service, waving to the team as we ride through town, or even providing us with either a hot meal or a donation for the kids who are relying on our efforts,” said “We train and fundraise all year, looking forward to the annual Cops for Kids Ride,” said Const. Vant Erve in a press release. “A career in law enforcement doesn’t always provide these rewards when we’re going to calls each day, but Cops for Kids is a reminder that we are really making a difference for the kids who need us in our communities.” To follow the team or donate, visit or check out the group on Facebook and Instagram.

Mark Brett, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Penticton Herald