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20 April 2012 - Pedal for HopeWarning - this news article expired on 2012-05-06. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

BellevillePolice and OPP Pedal Together for Pediatric Cancer

(Hastings and Prince Edward County, ON.) Monday April 30th marks the premier launch of a new initiative for the Hastings and Prince Edward County Canadian Cancer Society - Cops for Cancer Committee.

The "Pedal for Hope Cycling Tour? is a team of police officers from Belleville Police Service, Prince Edward OPP, Quinte West OPP and Central Hastings OPP. The officers will be pedaling to 10 area schools over a five day period, delivering a message to the students and supporting local children who are living with cancer. Pedal for Hope is an extension of Cops for Cancer and officers will be shaving their heads to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. With parental permission, students may also shave their heads or cut their ponytails in a show of support.

The tour will kick off at 8:15am on the 30th of April at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton where a short assembly honouring a student who is currently living with cancer will be held. Following some head shaving, survivor testimonials and fun activities, the tour continues from there through Prince Edward County and over the next four days will visit Trenton, Belleville, Madoc and Tweed.

The final wrap up celebration will be on Friday the 4th of May at Belleville's Market Square beginning at 3:00pm. Approximately 4:30 pm, the Pedal for Hope team, accompanied by the local children they are riding in support of, will cycle together into the Market Square to join the celebrations until 7:00pm. All are welcome to enjoy a fundraising bar-b-q, live entertainment, meet some remarkable cancer survivors and witness more head shaving.

In 2005 Pedal for Hope started in Peterborough and since then has raised over $1.3 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. 2012 is the inaugural year of the Hastings and Prince Edward County Canadian Cancer Society Pedal for Hope Cycling Tour.

For specific times and locations for when the tour will be in your area, please contact your local police department.