Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock 2017 team members Cpl. Kevin Flood and Const. Samantha Caram of the Nanaimo RCMP will be out supporting two major fundraisers being held in Nanaimo in August to help battle childhood cancer. (News Bulletin file)

Tour de Rock fundraising events will make impact

Trumped-up charges, beer and burgers support two Nanaimo Tour de Rock fundraisers

Organizers have locked up the final details on a Jail and Bail fundraiser in Nanaimo to support the Tour de Rock’s 20th-anniversary ride.

Nanaimo Mounties have warrants out for members of the community who will be ‘arrested’ to raise bail to secure their releases and help programs supporting the battle against childhood cancer.

The detainees – local business people, politicians and whoever else gets scooped in the police dragnet – will be held in cells at Woodgrove Centre until they can raise a bail amount set by the judge.

The public is encouraged to come out and support RCMP riders Cpl. Kevin Flood and Const. Samantha Caram who are representing Nanaimo on this year’s Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team and will be making sure sentences are properly carried out at this year’s Jail and Bail.

The event happens Friday (Aug. 11) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Aug. 19 everyone is invited to meet the entire team of 2017 Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock riders as they celebrate completion of their mock tour.

The mock tour is a key part of team training when all 24 of the 2017 team riders will experience their first ride as a complete tour ensemble escorted by police vehicles with lights and sirens. The 100-kilometre mock tour generates plenty of public awareness for the upcoming tour and appetites, which is why this year’s post mock tour fundraising event happens at Boston Pizza Nanaimo, 2-5779 Turner Rd., 4:30-7:30 p.m.

All team members will be present. Event tickets are $20 and a beer cooler will be raffled off.