Caledonia resident Dave Hartless, who is a member of the Hamilton Police Service (as well as a prominent figure in Christie Blatchford’s Helpless), was kind enough to let me know about the great work done being done by members of the HPS to fight juvenile diabetes via a planned cross-Canada (Vancouver to Hamilton) bicycle fundraiser they’re calling the Tour of Triumph.
Three officers are going to do the actual riding (4,543 kms!), and other officers have donated off-days to make it possible for them to be away from their duties from May 12th – when they leave the Vancouver Police Department – until their June 12th arrival back in Hamilton.
Funds raised will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The officer-riders are Jim Callender, Nesreen Shawihat, and Pete Wiesner whose son suffers from Type 1 diabetes. Wiesner is fulfilling a promise he made to him to do everything he could to help find a cure one day.
Can you help the Hamilton Police Service’s ‘Team Triumph’?
The Tour of Triumph has, thanks to supporter Advantage Web Design, put together a terrific, easy to read, informative website (one of the best I’ve seen):
- Tour of Triumph: www.TourOfTriumph.ca
- Our Sponsors – the team has had some great support from their community, but they need more sponsors.
- Donate Online or send your cheque/money order to:
Tour of Triumph
c/o Hamilton Police Service
155 King William Street
Hamilton, ON L8R 1A7
I can’t imagine having to take daily needles to control diabetes let alone watch my child have to endure them, so thank you to Officers Callender, Shawihat and Wiesner for giving your time for such a worthy cause. Thank you to all the present and future sponsors and supporters. Thank you to all the officers who donated off-days to make the Tour of Triumph possible, and thanks to Dave Hartless for tipping me off about this good-news story.
Moose & Squirrel, Jan 27/11: Tour of Triumph: Riding in Support for Juvenile Diabetes (thanks for the support, Natasha!)
Mark Vandermaas, Editor