The joy of pitching a pie in the face of a favourite teacher marked a joyous return to Oak Bay High on Sept. 27.
For the first time in a handful of years, students leading the Cops for Cancer fundraising campaign pulled together more than head shaves for its big school event. The team returned to a tradition of haircuts, waxing and whipped cream pies to the face in return for cash.
The campaign, dubbed C4C by Oak Bay High, raises funds and reveals their final total when the Tour de Rock team stops by the school. This year, the riders roll through on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.
Tour de Rock is a 14-day fundraising bike ride that kicked off in Port Alice on Sept. 23 this year. It features a team of law enforcement and emergency services personnel cycling across the Island to raise money for pediatric cancer research as well as children and families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis.
Each year, the Tour de Rock engages communities along the Island route to raise money through the Canadian Cancer Society. It has raised $28 million since 1998.
In keeping with Oak Bay High tradition, the goal for 2023 is to send as many kids to Camp Goodtimes as possible. Last year, the school and community raised more than $34,000 – enough to send 18 kids to camp.
Tour de Rock ends with a finale at the legislative building, 501 Belleville St. in Victoria on Oct. 6.
For more information, visit tourderock.ca.