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Chemainus Legion hosts Tour de Rock riders for breakfast

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary donates $10,000 to the cause
Plaque is presented to the gang from 49th Parallel Grocery by Tour de Rock rider Josh Peterson. From left: Paul McGregor, Betty Hewitt and Peter Richmond. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Let the Camp Goodtimes roll!

The 25th anniversary of the Tour de Rock Cops for Cancer, with proceeds going toward sending kids affected by childhood cancer to Camp Goodtimes, rode into Chemainus for breakfast at the Chemainus Legion Tuesday morning.

It’s the first time the usual breakfast has been served up by Legion 191 volunteers for the full complement of riders since 2019 due to COVID. A limited number of riders kept the tour going the last two years covering regional portions of the route.

Related story: Tour de Rock: Meet the 2019 team to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society

The Chemainus stop included the traditional trike ride and the wearing of clothing of shame by a member of the group who allegedly committed some sort of undetermined offense to deserve the honour. Rachelle Cole of BC Emergency Services in Ucluelet was a good sport about riding a lap inside the Legion under the peering eyes of the public.

Peter Richmond, Paul McGregor and Betty Hewitt of 49th Parallel Grocery were presented with a plaque for their support of the tour that actually goes back to the very beginning. The food for the breakfast was donated by 49th Parallel.

Mike Beggs also accepted a plaque on behalf of the Legion from the riders for the organization’s long-standing contributions.

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary provided its usual large donation to the tour of $10,000 from money raised at its highly-successful Thrift Store venture.

“Our auxiliary could not do this without the support of our community,” said president Donna McCasky.

The riders then departed for a quick stop at Chemainus Elementary School amid much fanfare.

Chemainus Elementary’s Mike Dunn said the day actually marked the launch of the school’s Tour de Rock fundraising campaign. He encouraged students to donate a loonie or a toonie each and then perhaps benefit from some extra time in the sunshine, as a result.

“We want to support kids,” said Dunn. “You know people who are going through tough times. Thank you all very much for all that you’re doing.”

The riders have been blessed with ideal weather since starting in Port Alice on Sept. 24. Crew member Dave Giles said the only years to match this one were 2006 and 2008.

“They were the only riders without significant rain,” he said. “They’ve been so lucky, which is good for the finale, too.”

The tour wraps up in Victoria Friday, Oct. 7.


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Chemainus Legion 191 president Mike Beggs addresses the crowd at the Tour de Rock breakfast Tuesday morning. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Legion 191 president Mike Beggs in the middle of the 2022 Tour de Rock riders and crew. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary president Donna McCasky receives a plaque from Tour de Rock rider Josh Peterson. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary presents a $10,000 cheque to the Tour de Rock Cops For Cancer. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tour de Rock riders gear up for the next leg of the trip outside the Chemainus Legion. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tour de Rock riders depart from the Chemainus Legion. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Rider introductions are conducted at Chemainus Elementary School. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mike Dunn on the mike at Chemainus Elementary School with the Tour de Rock riders. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Tour de Rock riders applaud Chemainus Elementary students as they deparrt. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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