Oak Bay students send 28 kids to camp

Oak Bay High students will send 28 youth to Camp Goodtimes after another successful Cops for Cancer campaign

  • Oct. 6, 2015 6:00 a.m.
This year’s Tour de Rock riders cycle through Oak Bay Thursday

This year’s Tour de Rock riders cycle through Oak Bay Thursday

Oak Bay High students will send 28 youth to Camp Goodtimes after another successful Cops for Cancer campaign.

Following tradition, the students count their funds raised by how many youth could attend camp.

This year they hit $42,501, revealed during a boisterous visit from the Canadian Cancer Society Tour de Rock riders themselves on Oct. 1. The team wheeled through the community on Thursday with multiple stops, including Oak Bay High, where some Monterey Middle School students attended the event, and Willows Elementary.

Alison Wood, Island District RCMP, whose son is among the high school population that cheered in the riders, introduced her team of fellow officers and one media rider. She thanked the students for showing how “kids helping kids” makes an impact.

“I appreciate everything you’ve done,” Wood said, presenting the school with a plaque from the team. “Be proud of yourselves and go on and be those leaders. This is so important. Take a look at the faces of these junior riders and that’s who we’re riding for.”

Oak Bay resident and Tour de Rock rider Ray Bernoties, chief superintendent for Island District RCMP, had his head shaved alongside Oak Bay High principal Dave Thomson. All the students who raised funds through head shaves the week before earned ‘Big Head’ T-shirts and acclaim from their peers.