Ian George readies for 800-km Tour de Coast

Ian George readies for 800-km Tour de Coast

Cops for Cancer participant to host a meet-and-greet Saturday

Bicycling has always been a part of Ian George’s life.

George, a South Surrey resident and a constable with the Richmond RCMP, is spending the next three months preparing for one of the most difficult journeys he’ll face on two wheels.

He’s one of 40 individuals participating in this year’s Cops for Cancer Tour de Coast, a gruelling nine-day, 800-km ride in the Greater Vancouver area, Sunshine Coast and Sea-to-Sky region.

Dressed in red serge, George will be at Save-On-Foods (3033 152 St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24, raising awareness and donations needed to meet his $6,000 fundraising goal.

Years before wearing a badge, George had aspirations of becoming a professional cyclist.

“I used to be a bike racer – bikes have always been in my life. I’ve always wanted to give back, and raising awareness for children with cancer is hard to say no to,” he told Peace Arch News Friday, after stopping by the office during a bike ride.

Money raised through Tour de Coast is dedicated to childhood cancer research and programs supporting children and their families, such as Camp Goodtimes.

Before becoming an officer, George had a small business creating and selling jewelry made from parts of bicycle chains. He’ll be selling the jewelry on Saturday with 100 per cent of the money going towards his Cops for Cancer campaign.

Click here to donate to George’s campaign.

 

Ian George readies for 800-km Tour de Coast