Cops for Kids Ride to roll through Vernon Saturday as it nears end

Cops riding for kids

The annual Cops for Kids Ride wraps up this weekend with 27 riders set to roll through Vernon Saturday on their way to the finish line in Kelowna on Sunday.

The 2021 ride has taken the team across the Southern Interior to raise awareness and funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crises.

Representing Vernon this year are veteran riders Const. Nick Reimann and dispatcher Kathryn Ahvenus.

“It’s my favourite part of the year, and it reminds me why I chose to be a police officer,” says Reimann.

“Along the way we’ve been able to accomplish our goal of raising money for the kids, and representing our national police force.”

The riders are travelling in a bubble without community events like in past years, to keep everyone safe.

Supporters are encouraged to watch them pass through Vernon Saturday afternoon and cheer the riders on.

“This year, we’ve got returning veterans making up our team, so each rider has been hand selected as someone that wants to make a difference for local kids. They come from across the region, and they’ve each raised a minimum of $2,500 in order to participate,” says ride captain, retired Staff Sgt Julio Krenz.

“These are some of the most dedicated folks you’ll ever meet.”

Funds from the event support requests from families who require financial assistance to travel to medical care outside their home community, emergency dental treatment, medical supplies, learning tools and mobility aids.

Since 2001, the foundation has raised over $5.8 million for children who need it most.

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