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South Surrey shredding event raises $4,900 for Cops for Cancer

West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation to also benefit from fundraiser proceeds

A shredding event to benefit pediatric cancer research and support initiatives raised more than $4,900 last weekend.

Semiahmoo Shopping Centre officials said the proceeds from the four-hour effort held Aug. 19 will go to Cops for Cancer and West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation.

The sum brings the total raised by the event since it first launched four years ago to more than $20,000, marketing director Jeri Cox noted in an email to Peace Arch News.

READ MORE: South Surrey shred event raises $9,600 for Cops for Cancer

“Additionally, we shredded 6 tons of paper, which is equivalent to 144 mature trees saved,” Cox added.

West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation formed in 2017 to help “deliver timely, practical support to respond to the needs of B.C. kids and their families, easing their way as they navigate childhood cancer and blood disorders.”

Cops for Cancer is a partnership between first responders and the Canadian Cancer Society that raises funds through cycling tours and other events. Since launching in 1997, nearly $52 million has been raised.

This year, a pair of White Rock officers – Const. Emma Dyer and Cpl. Tarmii Miskiwe – are among those gearing up for Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley, an eight-day, 800-kilometre trek through the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

Surrey Police Service members Gord Meredith, Ryan Phillips, Branden Klassen, John Hogan, Mike Ronnigen and Jeremy Pearson, and Surrey RCMP’s Shaelee Read-Olley and T. Enns are also on the team.

READ MORE: Two White Rock RCMP members riding for a reason in Tour de Valley

So far this year, Tour de Valley has raised more than $143,000.

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Tracy Holmes

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Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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