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Class Inspiration: Supporting Cops for Cancer

Students Show Support for Cops for Cancer:  Video thanks to New Westminster Police

École Lord Tweedsmuir student a ‘true leader’ as New Westminster Schools students support Cops for Cancer

June 5, 2017 – École Lord Tweedsmuir elementary school student Sahara raised more money as an individual than any other student for Cops for Cancer – and championed her class to join her while she was at it. The result was a top class fundraising effort totalling $534 and a visit to the New Westminster Police Department that is now highlighted in a video and story on the department’s website.

“Sahara has shown herself to be a true leader,” Chief Constable Dave Jones told the students. “She raised more money as an individual than any other student (at $265.25). What’s more, she insisted the prize for top individual donation be awarded to the second place winner.”

The prize was the chance to spend the day with Constable Gerald Lau, the police department’s school liaison officer who will be bicycling on the Cops for Cancer “Tour de Coast” in September. That’s a journey over 9 days and more than 1,000 kilometres through BC communities to raise awareness for cancer.

Students from Connaught and Lord Kelvin elementary schools along with Queensborough Middle School also raised money for the cause, leading Const. Lau to applaud their generosity in holding bake sales, selling handmade bracelets and other activities.

As school liaison officer, Const. Lau works with middle and elementary school students encouraging students to be good citizens in person and online; helping ensure students learn in a safe environment; educating youth on safety issues; and fostering positive relationships between youth and police.

This year, Const. Lau will be joining the largest group of emergency service personnel ever to undertake the bicycling journey. Const. Lau’s fundraising page shows he’s more than one third of the way to his fundraising goal!  Donations help fund pediatric cancer research and kids programs including Camp Goodtimes in the lower mainland.  Cops for Cancer have raised more than $36 million since 1997.