The Tour de Rock Cops For Cancer stop in Chemainus always yields big bucks for the cause and this year was no exception.
Community organizations and individuals turned over donations to the riders during breakfast Tuesday morning at the Chemainus Legion, as the tour rolled on toward the finish line in Victoria.
The 49th Parallel Grocery Store, marking 40 years in Chemainus, made a donation amounting to $47, 187.39 from garage sale proceeds at the general store.
“We’ve been very blessed to grow with the community,” said Peter Richmond, president and chief financial officer. “We really believe in what this group is doing.”
The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary, under the direction of president Susan Beaubier, presented a cheque for $10,000 to the campaign.
“That kind of validates everything we do,” said Andy Dunstan, a 16-year member of the Tour de Rock support team and one-time rider.
The Chemainus Legion Branch 191 not only hosted the breakfast, with food donated by 49th, but always goes above and beyond the call of duty with a contribution – this year for $1,700.
And no donation is ever considered too small, no matter how many single large cheques are received along the way. A case in point was the $1,254.84 presented by Seth Williams on behalf of his siblings.
The Williams kids work hard on a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to show their support for the campaign. They did a garage sale, accepted donations and pledges and also conducted a cookie sale.