Several police officers are currently cycling through Quebec to raise funds for charity. By today, they should have completed roughly half of the more than 1,000 km they plan to cycle by next Sunday.
While they ride, they’ll be amassing funds for the Opération Enfant Soleil Marie Soleil Tougas Fund.
“I am extremely moved to see that we continue to honor the memory of Marie-Soleil Tougas who was so involved with our children,” said event founder Inspector Enrick Laufer. “It is my greatest pride to see that we have donated more than $1.3 million to charitable organizations supporting children.”
The police officers left city hall on Monday morning at 8 a.m. with anyone who wanted to see them off welcome to ride with them. They plan to arrive at police headquarters (2911 boul. Chomedey) at about 4 p.m. on Saturday night.
By then, they will have toured 1,100 km through more than 80 Quebec municipalities including Laval itself, Montreal, the Montérégie, the Eastern Townships, the Beauce, Quebec City, Trois-Rivières and the Lanaudière.
This is the 20th annual year for the bicycle tour, which began in November 1997 just after an airplane accident killed actress Marie Soleil Tougas.
In addition to being an actress, Tougas was interested in supporting disabled children. She served as a spokesperson for the opération enfant soleil telethon, which takes place on Sunday, June 4 this year.
To donate to the cause, visit their web page at: http://dons.operationenfantsoleil.ca/Pages/Partners/Partner.aspx?partner=581.
Last year, they raised $41,000. This year, for their 20th anniversary, they hope to raise even more.
One of the participants will appear on this year’s telethon to announce the amount.