DIG­GING IN FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Give Where You Live vis­its Prince Ed­ward County In­sti­tute as tour rolls through re­gion

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - FRONT PAGE - BRUCE BELL

PRINCE ED­WARD COUNTY – It might have a dif­fer­ent name, but the goal is the same – help­ing kids with cancer.

Lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers from Belleville and sur­round­ing On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice de­tach­ments rolled into Prince Ed­ward Col­le­giate In­sti­tute on Wednesday morn­ing, the sec­ond day of the in­au­gu­ral Give Where You Live (GWUL) cam­paign.

This ac­tu­ally marks the sixth year of the ride known as Pedal for Hope for its first five years, the cam­paign has been re-branded and re-named to give more con­trol of where the raised funds are spent. Funds raised dur­ing this week’s four-day ride will go to Camp Tril­lium – a camp for chil­dren with cancer and their fam­i­lies on West Lake.

PEC OPP Const. Kim Guthrie, a par­tic­i­pant in the ride ev­ery year, said the new name al­lows them to de­cide where the raised funds are al­lo­cated.

“Chang­ing the name has al­lowed us to have more con­trol of what we do with the money raised dur­ing the ride,” she said. “In the past we wouldn’t have been able to make a lump sum do­na­tion to Camp Tril­lium.”

Of­fi­cers and sup­port staff be­gan on Tues­day vis­it­ing schools in Marmora and Stir­ling and will spend much of Wednesday and Thursday at Prince Ed­ward County school be­fore head­ing into Belleville to visit schools there and the of­fi­cial wrap up on Fri­day at the Cana­dian Tire store on Bell Boule­vard.

Const. Jeremy Ash­ley of the Belleville Po­lice Ser­vice and chair­man of the event said there have been other changes to the event in ad­di­tion to the new name.

“We nor­mally hold it in the spring ev­ery year and it’s spread out over two weeks,” he said. “We’ll only be vis­it­ing about a dozen schools this time and our goal is $10,000 our first year. It’s quite a bit shorter and, let me tell you, rain in Oc­to­ber is a whole lot bet­ter for the peo­ple rid­ing than snow in early April.”

De­spite the changes, much of the hi­jinks are still the same. Of­fi­cers rid­ing tri­cy­cles into the gym, bal­loons and beach balls fly­ing around and, of course, the ever-pop­u­lar ice cream eat­ing con­test.

On a more se­ri­ous note, Grade 11 stu­dent Abby Hef­fer­nan told a hushed gym­na­sium of her on­go­ing bat­tle against Leukaemia.

Di­ag­nosed three weeks into her high school ca­reer, she is now ap­prox­i­mately a year away from the com­ple­tion of a three-year treat­ment plan.

“I’m sure you’ve heard that ex­pres­sion about bringing a knife to a gun fight, well bat­tling cancer is like walk­ing un­ex­pect­edly into a shootout,” she said. “(Bat­tling cancer) be­comes a lifestyle and you have to pre­pare your­self to spend days, weeks, even months in bed. Your body is con­stantly set in fire­fight mode be­cause with this dis­ease any­thing can change at any mo­ment.”

Car­rie Arnold, man­ager of spe­cial events at Camp Tril­lium, told the stu­dents their fundrais­ing ef­forts will help make a big dif­fer­ence in other chil­dren’s lives.

“When they come to camp it’s not It’s all about the fun, bringing fam­i­lies back to­gether and giv­ing them the re­sources to get through this.” Car­rie Arnold just them, but their fam­i­lies as well who are going through this strug­gle with cancer,” she said. “It’s all about the fun, bringing fam­i­lies back to­gether and giv­ing them the re­sources to get through this.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit gwul.ca

BRUCE BELL/THE IN­TEL­LI­GENCER

Belleville Po­lice Ser­vice Insp. Sheri Meeks com­petes in the ice cream eat­ing con­test at PECI with the Give Where You Live cam­paign on Wednesday morn­ing. The an­nual cam­paign, which con­sists of po­lice of­fi­cers from regional ser­vices, trav­els the Quinte re­gion rais­ing funds for chil­dren bat­tling cancer.

BRUCE BELL PHO­TOS/THE IN­TEL­LI­GENCER

Grade 5 stu­dent Grif­fin Laven­der goes at a bowl of ice cream dur­ing the Give Where You Live assem­bly at PECI.

Prince Ed­ward Col­le­giate In­sti­tute stu­dents welcome the Give Where You Live ride at the school on Wednesday morn­ing.

Stu­dents from Athol-South Marys­burgh Pub­lic School were at PECI Wednesday morn­ing to make a $300 do­na­tion to Give Where You Live. Kaden (left) and Ken­zie are pic­tured with OPP Const. Kim Guthrie.

Abby Hef­fer­nan, a Grade 11 stu­dent at PECI, tells fel­low stu­dents about her on­go­ing bat­tle with Leukaemia.

PEC OPP Const. Kim Guthrie rides into PECI with the Give Where You Live cam­paign on Wednesday morn­ing.

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