Community safety co-ordinator Dave Dickson said the Cops for Cancer Jail and Bail fundraiser was a great success.
“We won’t know the final numbers for a couple of weeks, but we know our volunteer Gord counted over $23,000 at one point and there was still more money coming in,” Dickson told the Tribune Wednesday afternoon.
Dickson credited the weather as great and extended a huge thank you to the community.
On Thursday the Cops for Cancer riders will drive to Prince George where they will enjoy a team dinner before embarking on the first leg of their Highway 16 cycle to Prince Rupert.
“We ride to Vanderhoof the first night and will be in Rupert by Thursday,” Dickson said.
By 10 a.m. Wednesday, four people were behind bars at the Cops for Cancer Jail and Bail fundraiser in downtown Williams Lake’s Spirit Square.
Melissa Lambert from Tasco Supplies, Lynn Ann Cheverie from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Doug Parchomchuk of Inland Kenworth and Bryan Neufeld from Spruce Lee Construction were all frantically on their cellphones calling co-workers, friends and family to help bail them out.
Neufeld’s wife Vanessa arrived with their little son Benjamin and handed him to Bryan so she could take a photograph.
“I hope this is the only time he visits his father in jail,” Vanessa said, noting she hoped by posting the photo on Facebook it would help bring in some donations.
After one of Cheverie’s co-workers Mikalya Arkesteyn arrived with an envelope of money, Cheverie started singing to see if that would help her get released.
Within 20 minutes she was wrapped in a warm blanket, continuing to plead her case.
The event goes until 3 p.m. today and everyone is invited to come down for a barbecue lunch courtesy of the Rotary Club of Williams Lake for the cost of $5.
Cops for Cancer riders RCMP officers Toby Klassen, Andrew Waters and Joel Kooger and community safety co-ordinator Dave Dickson were on site.
All proceeds from the donations collected and the barbecue will go toward pediatric cancer research.