After seven strenuous weeks of cycling across Canada, Sgt. John Keating and Luc Vandermeeren finally crossed the finish line in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday, August 23rd.
The pair have been cycling across Canada to raise money and awareness for autism, a disease that has affected their lives personally. Keating’s 8-year-old son and Vandermeeren’s 10-year-old daughter both suffer from autism.
Police escorted Keating and Vandermeeren to the finish line at Dalhousie University where numerous supporters, including four DRP officers, members of the Halifax Regional Police, RCMP officers and others, greeted them. Hockey star Shaun Van Allen of the Ottawa Senators, whose own child suffers from autism, was also on hand to support the event.
The final tally of funds raised from their journey has yet to be determined but, while in Halifax, John and Luc were handed a $25,000.00 cheque for money raised during Durham Region’s Lakeview Park event on August 9th. It is the single largest donation received to date for the Canadian journey.
Sgt. Keating returns to Oshawa today, August 25th, and will begin his regular duties as Sergeant at the Whitby Community Police Office later this week. He has no immediate plans to take up a third cross-country cycling journey as of yet. John has now cycled across both Canada and the United States to raise awareness and funds for autism research.
Members of DRP are very proud of Keating’s courage and determination to help children and their families cope with the effects of autism. The Service congratulates John and Luc for inspiring others and for proving that two people can make a difference.
For more information, visit the Cycle for Autism Web site at www.cycleforautism.com.
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DRP officers welcome John and Luc in Halifax (JPG file, 33.7K bytes)