Cops ride for kids

The ride raises awareness and essential funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.

Riders for Cops For Kids leave on Sunday morning from Grand Forks on their way to Castlegar.

More than 20 riders and support crew came into Grand Forks on Saturday with the Cops For Kids ride.

The riders started in Kelowna on Friday and went up the Anarchist Pass by Osoyoos Saturday on their way to Grand Forks. The group had dinner at the Omega Restaurant on Saturday night before spending the night at the Ramada in Grand Forks.

The group was up early and had breakfast at the Ramada before heading off to Castlegar and Nelson.

The ride raises awareness and essential funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.

“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,” said Julio Krenz, ride captain.

“During the ride, local community groups, restuarnats and hotels generously extend their hospitality to our team. Saving on these costs allows us to put all of our efforts towards the children. We are very honoured to be welcomed into each community with such open arms.”

The event is in its 15th year and has raised over $3.1 million through the event. With requests from families on the rise, they’re working even harder to support the children who need it most. Funds from the event support request for medical equipment, transportation to children’s hospital, specialized therapies and learning and mobility aids.