The Southern Alberta Crime Stoppers branch is encouraging locals to hop on their bikes and ride for a good cause. Staff have launched the Cycle For Crime Stoppers fundraising event, and the goal is $5,000. All of the money raised from the campaign will go towards the Southern Alberta Crime Stoppers unit. The virtual event will start on June 1st and run until the 30th.
A collaboration between the Southern Alberta Crime Stoppers and the Lethbridge Police Service brought forth the opportunity to remind citizens about bike theft prevention, bike safety, and maintenance tips. The Vice-President of the Southern Alberta Crime Stoppers, Tracy Palin, says the idea was created to make a virtual bike event, “Members can sign up online, and you can do a cycling path of your choice. We’re encouraging people to try a new path or park within their communities.”
Cyclists can bike with family or friends during the event, and Palin is hopeful that registrants will turn this into a challenge opportunity with coworkers, “We want to create a challenge with cohorts, or coworkers that they maybe haven’t had a lot of interaction or in touch communication with.”
Every registration for the event gives a participant an entry into the prize draws. A bike bingo card will give additional challenges that equate with more entries into the draw.
As a nonprofit organization, Crime Stoppers runs off of donations from community members, “Be it individuals or businesses, fundraising efforts are massive for us. We’re finding it very hard to cover operational expenses. We work off the anonymous tips, and pay those rewards to individual people. That’s how we’re funding the entire Crime Stoppers program with the province,” says Palin.
The Southern Alberta Crime Stoppers will host a car wash on July 17th to raise more money for the organization.
You can register for Cycle For Crime Stoppers at https://www.sacrimestoppers.ca/.