Area students raise $200K for Tour de Rock

Esquimalt High’s campaign hits an all-time high for cancer fundraising

Esquimalt High student Sarah Smith looks for support from fellow teens as she has her head shaved during a Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock fundraiser at the school earlier this month. The students’ campaign brought in more than $10

Through bake sales, concerts, car washes, raffles and infamous head shaves, Greater Victoria students raised nearly $200,000 toward supporting kids with cancer for the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock campaign.

Students at Reynolds secondary in Saanich topped the list of highest fundraisers, gathering $109,253 in just 12 days.

Esquimalt High collected more than $10,000, an all-time high for the school, according to teacher-sponsor Jonathan Schneider.

Since its inception in 1998, the two-week bicycle journey in which police officers ride the length of Vancouver Island has raised $16.6 million for pediatric cancer research.

This year’s grand total has yet to be announced, but is estimated at $1.1 million.

Donations can still be made at tourderock.ca.

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