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Remarkable Reynolds raises $84,000 for Cops for Cancer

Amadea Gareau, 14, a Grade 9 student at Reynolds secondary, reacts a cut of her hair after receiving more than $2,500 in pledges to shave her head for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Gareau had her head shaved for the cause in front of the school on Friday, prior to the riders’ arrival. They were presented with a $79,912 cheque – all money Reynolds students raised for the Tour de Rock, but that amount rose to $84,000 before the end of the day. - Adriana Durian photo
Amadea Gareau, 14, a Grade 9 student at Reynolds secondary, reacts a cut of her hair after receiving more than $2,500 in pledges to shave her head for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. Gareau had her head shaved for the cause in front of the school on Friday, prior to the riders’ arrival. They were presented with a $79,912 cheque – all money Reynolds students raised for the Tour de Rock, but that amount rose to $84,000 before the end of the day.
— image credit: Adriana Durian photo

They didn’t have a goal, per se, but Reynolds secondary students knew that last year’s Tour de Rock fundraiser raised more than $52,000 for pediatric cancer research. This year, however, the students obliterated that amount.

Though the cheque presented Friday afternoon to the 22 Cops for Cancer riders read $79,912, within minutes more money flooded in and the school had raked in $84,000 before the assembly was over.

“Once again, you have outdone yourselves,” principal Alana Charlton told the students. “You showed me you could stand up and change the world.”

Cheers echoed through the school gymnasium while shocked Tour riders were moved to tears when the cheque’s value was revealed.

“What I’m so proud of, is every cent that’s raised here comes from the heart and soul of the kids,” Charlton said.

Grade 9 student Amadea Gareau was one of more than 115 students and staff who raised pledges and shaved their head.

“I’m very grateful that none of my family has been affected by cancer, so I’m grateful to be here today to support the cause for those who have,” she said.

Mount Douglas secondary also raised more than $11,000 for the cause, and Lambrick Park secondary raised $4,500.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

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