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.