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 SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News Duncan RCMP officers Const. Julia Fox, left, and Const. Kara Gelech squeegee windows of passing motorists while at a fundraising event at the Johnston Road Co-op, Friday afternoon. Members of the Tour de Rock raised $800 in donations.  in half an hour. -
SUSAN QUINN/Alberni Valley News Duncan RCMP officers Const. Julia Fox, left, and Const. Kara Gelech squeegee windows of passing motorists while at a fundraising event at the Johnston Road Co-op, Friday afternoon. Members of the Tour de Rock raised $800 in donations. in half an hour.
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Port Alberni and West Coast communities have raised more than $40,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock – more than twice last year’s total, and a fitting welcome to the 22 riders who stopped in Port Alberni last Friday for a head shaving, squeegee session and red serge dinner.

On Saturday, riders braved biting wind and pelting rain as they rode Highway 4 to the West Coast. There was no backing down for the riders: at one point, co-ordinator Sherri Edwards said, Const. Kara Gelech was struggling. She looked down at the little girl’s picture on her handlebars, one of the children for whom she’s riding, and immediately got her strength back.

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