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  Durham Schools Raised Over $60,000 For Pedal For Hope

Apr 28, 2017 10:54 ET

The Pedal For Hope cycling team received over $60,000 in donations for pediatric cancer research from the 12 of 15 schools visited this week!

On Friday the tour will visit the final three Durham Region schools and will continue on to schools in the Peterborough area next week.

Cycling from school to school, the 2017 edition of the Pedal For Hope tour began on Monday at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Bowmanville raising over $11,000 in funds.

Supporting pediatric cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society, Pedal For Hope is a three-week, 1,000 kilometre long cycling tour visiting local schools delivering a message about kids living with cancer and raising funds. Members of DRPS joined Peterborough Police, Peterborough County OPP and RCMP to attend local schools and support children in our communities fighting cancer. Last year the team raised over $100,000 in funds for pediatric cancer research and visited 47 schools.

At each school students and staff volunteer to shave their heads or cut their pony tails during the hour-long assembly. The excitement continues with fun music, a game show with Pedal For Hope trivia questions a frozen yogurt eating contest.

The Pedal for Hope tour started in 2005 in support of Cops for Cancer, which continues to grow with support from police and emergency services personnel by organizing events throughout the province. Officers from Peterborough Police formed the cycling team and attended local schools to talk about Cops for Cancer and assist with fundraising. Since 2005 Pedal For Hope has raised over $4 million dollars and the team has done over 500 school presentations for more than 200,000 students.

DRPS in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board will wrap up this week's tour at Cartwright Central Public School in Blackstock Friday afternoon.

Below are attached files.
Pedal For Hope Team  (JPG file, 438.9K bytes)
Pedal For Hope Cyclists (JPG file, 394.5K bytes)
The Final Cut! (JPG file, 2,292.4K bytes)
Head Shaving For A Good Cause (JPG file, 5,613.5K bytes)
Pedal For Hope Game Show Characters (JPG file, 1,705.1K bytes)