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Here’s how you can help Coquitlam RCMP’s Cops for Cancer team raise funds for kids amid COVID-19

Residents are encouraged to donate empty recyclables to local Return-It depots with the money earmarked for cancer research.

Is the cupboard underneath your kitchen sink getting full from the empty bottles and pop cans you or your family drink every day?

Regardless of where the pile is continuing to grow in the house, Coquitlam RCMP are hoping residents will feel generous in donating them to the 2021 Cops for Cancer-Tour de Coast team.

As COVID-19 has cancelled a number of in-person fundraisers, including the popular Jail ‘n Bail initiative, Mounties are hosting a socially distanced recycling drive for a second straight year to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

Funds raised are set to go toward childhood cancer research and support programs. 

Tour de Coast is aiming to collect $300,000 by the time the cycling event rolls in late September, which would surpass 2020’s total of $285,000.

“Health concerns have to come first, but it is important that we keep raising money for sick kids at Camp Goodtimes,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Ranjit Seehra in statement of the campaign launch today (May 26). “Let’s face it, many of us have a pretty good pile of recyclables that we need to unload. Those sick kids would really appreciate the proceeds.”


Return-It stations across the Tri-City area have signed up to help the local Cops for Cancer team collect the donated recyclables.

Residents are asked to visit a depot and use the Express kisok system, which requires a simple transfer of recyclables into clear or transparent trash bags. 

Then, at a kiosk, participants must enter the Coquitlam RCMP’s registered charity phone number when printing a sticker bag: 604-785-4164.

If you don’t want to donate recyclables, you’re encouraged to make an online donation to the Canadian Cancer Society — via its website — between now and the last day of the ride.

The officers representing Coquitlam are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Cst. Soumia Abboub
  • Cst. Hillary Murray
  • Cst. Brad Potter
  • Cpl. Ranjit Seehra

Tour de Coast is scheduled to take place Sept. 20 to 24.

As of this publication, the fundraiser has brought in more than 20% of its $300,000 goal.