Two Kamloops law enforcers joined 19 other do-gooders going beyond the call of duty to undertake a gruelling bike ride that helped raise a record amount of money for kids in crisis.
The 10-day, 1,000-kilometre Cops for Kids ride ended in Kelowna Sept. 16 with Kamloops representatives RCMP Cpl. Les Blain and Canada Border Services agent Christine Banford in tow.
The ride raised $215,000 to fund requests for medical travel, mobility and learning aids for children from the southeast district of British Columbia. The total breaks the record for most money raised since Cops for Kids began in 2001. All funds support children in the Southern Interior where the officers serve.
Cops for Kids have processed over 99 applications for assistance so far this year, according to a RCMP press release, and the organization continues to see a need for support for children in crisis throughout the region.