Yard sale supports Cops for Cancer fundraising
Sadly, like many people, Const. Brad Caruso’s life has been touched by the loss of a loved one to cancer.
But it was also motivator for the Penticton RCMP officer to get involved in the Team Cops for Cancer fundraising efforts, including Saturday’s giant yard sale at Parkway Elementary School from 7 a.m. to noon.
The sale is a major source of cash for the 20-member team leading up to their ride at the July 13 Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan cycling event.
“This is really an easy thing to do, to go and ask for money and to be able to go out and do a ride and why wouldn’t I?” said Caruso Tuesday while unloading another truck load of goods.
“After all if I was in need I would want someone to help me if I couldn’t. Even just to give someone a little bit better quality of life it is important to do.”
Granfondo and the Cops for Cancer have joined forces this year in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and Camp Goodtimes summer retreat in Maple Ridge.
“The camp is where kids who are battling certain types of cancer and their families can go and this will take some of the pressure off those families so they can afford it,” said Caruso. “This is so they can enjoy the time they have and a brief moment of the summer.”
Along with Caruso, other local participants on the Team Cops for Cancer includes Cpl. Warren Kraft, Cpl. Brian Burke, Cpl. France Burke and Mike Porter of Penticton and District Search and Rescue.
Also on the team is Insp. Brad Haugli the former officer in charge of the Penticton detachment.
So far as a group, team members have raised just over $9,000, nearly a third of their $30,000 goal. Each rider is expected to generate a minimum of $1,200.
“At last year’s sale we didn’t expect to do very well, maybe $500 or $600 buck but we actually raised over $1,500 which was terrific and we hope to do better this year with the support of the public,” said Caruso.
“This year members of the community have been very generous (donating items).
“We’ve got an assortment of stuff ranging from garage shelving units, motorcycle helmets, lots of kids toys, lots of Christmas stuff, a lot of electronics, tools, clothing video, furniture - there’s something here for everybody.”
Other future fundraising activities will take place May 28 at Whole Foods, June 7 at the Penticton downtown farmer’s market, June 12-15 at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, July 1 at the Canada Celebrations at Gyro Park and the Granfondo event itself.
Cash and cheque donations can be made at the Penticton detachment and credit card contributions can be made online by searching Team Cops for Cancer.