Shawnigan was honoured to welcome the Cops for Cancer – Tour de Rock to campus on Tuesday. Since 1998, these fundraising cyclists have embarked on this annual two-week ride down Vancouver Island to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and support programs, and Shawnigan has been proud to support them from the beginning. Over our 24-year partnership we have raised $600,000 for this cause. Their visit every September is always a highlight of the year for both students and staff – one that we prepare for carefully and with great anticipation.
As the cyclists entered through our main gates, they were greeted with loud cheering, homemade signs, and a sea of T-shirts flashing the word “love” – a word chosen by our Grade 12 students to guide the School community in their fundraising efforts and to be a theme throughout the school year.
“Feeling your love and support as we come in is truly humbling,” shared one of the riders. “It helps us know we are not alone on this journey and we hope it makes children and families going through cancer feel the same way.”
Students have worked hard this September as groups and as individuals to raise money for the cause, with fundraising efforts continuing next week as well. Many students have already pledged to have their heads shaved next week, but four brave students – Sophie H., Jessie L., Ryan P. and Tina X. – had their heads publicly shaved during the Cops for Cancer visit on Tuesday. Their spectacular efforts raised thousands of dollars and we are so proud of them and of all our fundraising students!
We are already looking forward to next year’s visit and to celebrating 25 years of meaningful and impactful work!
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