B.C. sheriffs Rob Crowder and Mike Kosof are getting back on their bikes once again, to join the 2022 Cops for Kids Ride across southeastern B.C. and they’ll be cycling through Nelson on Monday Sept. 12.
The duo are among 30 other law enforcement colleagues who have been training on their own time, volunteering at community events, and fundraising a minimum of $2,500 in order to be selected for the team. The group will leave Kelowna the morning of Sept. 9 and spend 10 days cycling through the South Okanagan, over to the Kootenays as far east as Cranbrook, before returning back through Kamloops and Vernon to Kelowna on Sunday, Sept. 18.
During the 10 days, the team will stop in communities across the province at events organized to meet with the children who benefit from the fundraising efforts, and for the public to meet with these riders who have dedicated to much in order to pedal for the local kids.
The team will be arriving in Nelson on Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Nelson RCMP detachment. Supporters are encouraged to wave at the team on their way into town from Castlegar, or stop by the RCMP detachment to meet them in person.
For Crowder this ride is a physical challenge with great rewards.
“We train and fundraise all year, looking forward to the annual Cops for Kids Ride,” he says. “We go up some steep mountains and have long days on the bike, but we meet the nicest folks who thank us for our service, waving to the team as we ride through town, or even providing us with either a hot meal or a donation for the kids who are relying on our efforts. A hard day of pedalling is nothing compared to the long journey to wellness that these kids face.”
Kosof has been riding with the team since 2012 and Crowder joined the group in 2015, but they are not the most tenured riders. One rider has been on the team since 2006 and another since 2011, so they are an experienced group with a few new faces this year.
“It’s always great to get a few new fresh faces each year, but the core group of us are pretty committed to returning each year. Some special bonds have been formed going up those hills and down into the towns across the province,” says Crowder.
Since 2001, Cops for Kids have raised over $6.1 million in support of local children in medical, physical, or traumatic crisis. To follow the team on their journey, or to make a donation please visit the website at www.copsforkids.org or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.