It’s our Birthday!
Hastings and Prince Edward County, ON – In less than a week the fifth annual Pedal for Hope cycling tour will start cycling in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. The 10-day tour, which runs from April 25, 2015 until May 6th 2015, raises funds and awareness for Childhood Cancer with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Cancer
And this year, we are celebrating two milestones – our fifth birthday, and the launch of pedalforhopequinte.ca, our own website!
Developed by Involve Media over the past year and sponsored by International Truckload Services (ITS), the site offers the schools and students we support a onestop shop for resources and tracking their progress through our campaign. In addition, pedalforhopequinte.ca offers information about our tour for the general public, interested sponsors and those who may be thinking about hopping aboard and becoming a guest rider with us in the future.
The History of our program
Pedal for Hope Quinte has quickly established itself as an annual cycling tour throughout communities in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Beginning in 2012, police officers from the Belleville Police Service and the
Ontario Provincial Police Service embarked on a cycling tour that cruises to elementary schools throughout Prince Edward County, Belleville, Quinte West and Centre Hastings.
High-energy assemblies are held that feature presentations to children, head shaves, ice cream eating contest, and educational messages about fighting cancer and living healthy lifestyles. Each year, in fact, we travel to upwards of 30 schools over two weeks, visiting thousands of students and spreading positive messages of hope, healing and healthy living.
In the weeks leading up to the tour, students at the schools visited are asked to raise money for the tour – all of which is earmarked for childhood cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society and to support that organization’s ride program. To date, over the course of three years the tour has raised more than $325,000 for the cause.
The money aside, the heart of this event is on the special kids that reside in our communities who have been diagnosed with cancer. During the tour, each officer is paired up with one or two of these ‘special friends’ and ride in that child’s honor.
The event is a tremendous show of support for each of these children and their families as they battle their illness. Many of these children have been diagnosed with a life threatening form of cancer. Despite all the odds stacked against them, those little local heroes manage to join our riders on the last day to pedal alongside us for the final leg of our tour.
The Cops and the Gear
An important element of this event, which spans two weeks but takes months of planning and effort, is that each officer involved are volunteer their own time. It’s a very important component of Pedal for Hope, and one we are all proud of. Our crew – all 18 team members and 10 support crew volunteers – do the Pedal for Hope on their own time. Many arrange to have their regular days off switched to coincide with tour dates, others simply take two weeks of holidays. It speaks volumes of how much these men and women believe not only in the program, but want to support families in our community who need it by giving up time with their own.
Pedal for Hope Quinte sponsors
Pedal for Hope Quinte has been extremely fortunate over the past three years to have a number of local, national and international businesses, industries and individuals who have stepped up to the plate and helped to offset our costs.
The tour would not be possible without tremendous support from our four primary sponsors: Reid’s Dairy, Bayview Auto, Halla Climate Control, International Truckload Services (ITS) and Canadian Tire-Belleville. We promise the students who support us that every dollar raised by Pedal for Hope goes to help kids fighting cancer – and those sponsors who lift us up by taking on our equipment help us keep that commitment.
The Big Birthday Party
This year, the final wrap up event – dubbed the biggest Birthday Party in the City – will be on Friday May 6, 2016 at the Belleville location of Canadian Tire starting at 4 p.m. At that time, the Pedal for Hope team, accompanied by the local children they are riding in support of, will cycle together along Bell Boulevard to Reid’s Dairy from Canadian Tire – and back again to enjoy a fundraising bar-b-q, live entertainment, and bouncy castles.
The public is invited to attend, buy a burger, climb a rock wall, high-five some local cops and meet some remarkable cancer survivors.
For the media:
The first school we will touch down at is Massassauga-Rednersville on April 25, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.
Please note that if you would like to attend any of the events and or schools, please see attached schedule. It is important for our school partners that if you are to attend; you approach the school office and identify yourself first, and are informed as to whether the school has specific policies in relation to photo/video
of students. There will always be Pedal for Hope team members available for comment at any
of our locations and events.
For more information please contact:
Contact: Det.-Const Jeremy Ashley 613-966- 0882 ext. 2315 or by e-mailing
Det.-Sgt. Julie Forestell 613-966-0882 ext. 2310 or by e-mailing