The Coquitlam RCMP’s Cops for Cancer riders are holding a socially-distanced recycling drive to support kids living with cancer.
Donors can bring their bottles and cans to any Return-It Express recycling depot and enter the detachment’s registered charity phone number (604-785-4164) at the kiosk to ensure the proceeds go to support research, programs and children attending Camp Goodtimes.
“Let’s face it,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Ranjit Seehra, who will join Const. Brad Potter in this year’s ride. “Many of us have a pretty good pile of recyclables we need to unload.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on fundraising efforts for this year’s Cops for Cancer riders. The inability to hold large-scale events, like the annual Jail ’n Bail, has forced participants to come up with new ways of raising funds.
“Health concerns have to come first, but it’s important that we keep raising money for sick kids at Camp Goodtimes,” Seehra added. “We have come up with a novel idea. Now, you can return your recyclables… and make sure the money goes to life-saving research and programs for kids who have cancer.”
This year’s Cops for Cancer Tour De Coast ride, which runs from Sept. 21 to 25, will be smaller than the usual event given the current public health crisis.
Still, police hope to raise as much money as possible, and donations are also being accepted online at support.cancer.ca/goto/coquitlamrcmp with a credit or debit card.