We all know Seanan Sharp as a proud law enforcement official, but this September he will embark on a challenge of a different kind. Const. Sharp has joined the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation Cops for Kids Ride Team and will leave Kelowna on Friday September 6 on a 10-day, 1,000-kilometre cycling journey across Southeastern British Columbia. The annual Cops for Kids Ride raises funds and awareness for children in medical, physical and traumatic crisis in our region, for the funding of medical equipment, therapies, travel to Children’s Hospital, learning & mobility aids. Since 2001, Cops for Kids have raised over two million dollars in support of local children!
During their journey, Cops for Kids riders will cycle into 18 different communities across South Eastern British Columbia, where they will meet many of the children who benefit from this event. Meeting these kids will remind each rider of the challenges they face each day, and it will keep them focused on helping better the children’s lives.
“I’m excited to take on this challenge again this year for my third year. It’s an honor to be a part of such an event that helps children in our communities,” Sharp said in a statement. “Many of these items aren’t covered by our health care, or other support agencies. Cops for Kids can help to provide these crucial funds to assist local children as a direct result of the success of this event.”
As a part of the 2013 Cops for Kids Ride, the team will be arriving in Revelstoke on Thursday, September 12, at 4 pm at Cooper’s where they will be doing some community presentations to local children..
“Our riders join us from across the region, and they’ve each raised a minimum of $2,000 through various fundraising efforts in their own community,” Ride Captain Cpl. Brian Burke said in the statement. “During the ride, local community groups, restaurants, and hotels generously extend their hospitality to our team. We are very honoured to be welcomed into each community with such open arms.”
You can follow the team along their journey — or even make a donation —at www.copsforkids.org.