Const. George Minshull from the Parksville-Oceanside RCMP and his Junior Rider Brett Wasylyniuk horse around at a Tour de Rock fundraiser at Walmart in Port Alberni on Thursday

Tour de Rock here Friday

Junior riders motivate buddies during the long ride.

The annual Cops for Cancer/ Tour de Rock will power into the Alberni Valley on Friday, Sept. 26 as part of the cycling team’s 1,000-kilometre ride across Vancouver Island.

The team departed the North Island on Saturday and will spend the next week cycling down to Victoria to raise money and awareness of pediatric cancer research.

Walmart on upper Johnston Road is hosting a Tour de Rock barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Riders will arrive at approximately 12:15 p.m. after cycling up and down the Hump for a presentation and meet and greet with the public.

“This is a unique opportunity to help encourage the riders for the second half of (our) journey,” said Carla Johnson of Island Radio in Nanaimo and Port Alberni, who is one of 22 cyclists on this year’s team.

Port Alberni’s Brett Wasylyniuk is one of this year’s junior riders.

Wasylyniuk, a childhood cancer survivor from Port Alberni, will be on hand to encourage his rider, Const. George Minshull of the Parksville/Oceanside RCMP detachment.

There will be a head shaving and fundraising events at Walmart too.

On Friday night from 6–8 p.m. Boston Pizza is hosting a Tour de Rock Family Fair Dinner. Port Alberni musician Lance Lapointe will provide live entertainment, and there will also be a magician and balloon artist on site.

Tickets are still available (kids $7, adults $15).

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