Oak Bay hosts Tour de Rock rollout

Cops for Cancer riders will be introduced Friday at high school

  • Apr. 28, 2015 8:00 a.m.

This year’s group of riders who will attempt to conquer the Tour de Rock will be introduced Friday at Oak Bay High.

The school will be hosting an assembly to welcome the riders and other dignitaries but the public is invited to attend the event that gets started at 11 a.m.

“Supporting Cops for Cancer and the Tour de Rock has been huge at Oak Bay for many years and the local community support has been a big reason for our success,” said Murray Allen, vice-principal at Oak Bay High.

The Tour de Rock is a two-week bicycle journey in which a team of police officers rides 1,000 kilometres from the north end of Vancouver Island to the south, raising money to fight childhood cancer. Since 1998, the event has raised more than $20 million for the Canadian Cancer Society, which uses the money to fund pediatric cancer research and programs that help children with cancer and their families.

The 2015 tour gets started Sept. 19 in Port Alice. It winds through communities on northern and central Vancouver Island before reaching Nanaimo Sept. 27. The riders will head through Oak Bay, Victoria and Sidney on Oct. 1 and Esquimalt and Saanich Oct. 2 before wrapping up that night in Victoria with the Spirit Square Finale.

The team announcement will take place in the new gym at Oak Bay High, 2151 Cranmore Rd.