The 12th annual Tour for Kids: Alberta has come to a close! From July 13th to 15th, the weekend was spent with 80 riders and 60+ volunteers… and it went off without a hitch! With the breathtaking scenery around Camp Kindle, and unbeatable weather, we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend for this ride. We completely passed the fundraising goal of $250k, raising over $281k and still counting!
The event kicked off on Friday morning at Rockpointe Church. Every rider and volunteer received a t-shirt designed by campers who attend the camps support! We heard from one of our ambassadors, Jack. Jack is a regular 13-year-old teenager who loves science, skiing, hockey, biking, reading, video games, and hanging out with his friends. At 10 years old, Jack was diagnosed with High Risk ALL. His treatment ended December 2018, 3 ½ years after his diagnosis. Jack talked about he is inspired by the many kids who don’t survive cancer and how he must remain strong for the kids who were taken far too young.
Since Tour for Kids is all about the experience, the weekend was spent riding around to the Vegas-themed rest stops where our volunteers dress up in costumes to cheer on the riders! Why Vegas? With the money that goes towards Vegas and all its glamour, that money could be going towards a better cause: a child’s ability to attend cancer camps for free. For instance: The Bellagio Fountains are rumored to cost $10,000 to $15,000 per night. That’s between $300,000 and $400,000 per month! It has also been reported that the fountains cost over $40 million to build, as it has: 1214 jets, 4500 lights, and 8000 meters of pipe. With that information, it looks like it would be a minimum of $3.65 million for the year. It costs an estimated $1500 to send a kid to camp for a week… that’s 2500 kids that could attend camp for the cost of the fountain.
Our first overnight stay was at David Thompson Resort, loved by the participants for the steak dinner and pancake breakfast. Dinner was accompanied with beverages from Medicine Hat Brewery and Tin Horn Creek Winery even the late night rain didn’t damper the atmosphere.
Saturday night was then spent at Camp Kindle, where a live band played and adults felt like they were a kids at camp again! Nothing says camp more like breakfast and dinner in the dining hall. We also recognized two families during the evening’s festivities: Jay & Diane, 7th year volunteers, who were thoughtful enough to bring yellow spokes from kids’ bikes to remind us that this weekend was about the kids. Also, Tara and Jonathan, who are parents of Alexander the Brave – a Coast to Coast Ambassador – shared the importance of Camp Kindle, KCC, and their story.
The event ended on a celebratory note on Sunday. The day was spent at Rockpointe Church for the medal ceremony and a delicious BBQ! We couldn’t have done it without the support of our incredible sponsors: Enerplus, BMO Capital Markets and Peloton. Thank you to everyone for your incredible support leading up to and during this event!
Save the date for next year: July 12-14, 2019.
For more photos of the event, click this link!