Donations to Cops For Cancer totalled more than $1,000 after a one-day fundraiser at the Save-On-Foods store on Fraser Highway at 264th Street on Saturday, July 10. Donations were accepted by Aux. Const. Liz Gilbert (left), paramedic John Esau (centre), and Aux. Const. Amy Kelly (right). (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Donations to Cops For Cancer totalled more than $1,000 after a one-day fundraiser at the Save-On-Foods store on Fraser Highway at 264th Street on Saturday, July 10. Donations were accepted by Aux. Const. Liz Gilbert (left), paramedic John Esau (centre), and Aux. Const. Amy Kelly (right). (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

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A one-day fundraising event in Aldergrove has brought a Cops For Cancer rider more than $1,000 closer to her goal of $4,000 to help kids with cancer.

On Saturday, July 10, Aux. Const. Amy Kelly set up her bike on a stand next to the Cops For Cancer banner at the front of the Save-On-Foods store at Fraser Highway and 264th Street.

Kelly, a member of the Tour de Valley Riders 2021 team, got in 100 kilometres of virtual cycling during the day to encourage donations – and to help prepare for riding 500 kilometres in five days from Sept. 20 to 14.

With Kelly were fellow team member John Esau, a paramedic, and a former Cops For Cancer rider, Aux. Const. Liz Gilbert.

At the end of the day, Kelly was pleased with the response.

“$1,000 is pretty good for a COVID environment where people don’t carry [much] cash,” Kelly noted.

In addition to the donations from Save-On-Foods shoppers, Aldergrove’s Veronica’s Gourmet Perogies also contributed a portion of their Saturday sales towards the fundraiser.

As of Sunday, the combined donations collected by the 21 team members had reached 77 per cent of their $100,000 target.

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Money raised by the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley ride goes towards research, but also supports the operations of Camp Goodtimes, a summer camp in Maple Ridge for kids with cancer.

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Due to the pandemic, Camp Goodtimes is running a virtual camp from Aug. 3 to 6.

“Cops for Cancer has captured my heart since I first became involved with it in 2014,” Kelly said.

“The kids and their families are amazing, despite facing the difficult challenges cause by childhood cancer.”

To support Const. Kelly with a donation, visit her fundraising page at the Canadian Cancer Society website Cops for Cancer page by searching for “Amy Kelly,” or by clicking here.

Since it was founded in 1997 as a partnership between first responders and the Society, Cops For Cancer has raised almost $48 million to help increase survival rates and support children living with cancer and their families.


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