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Looking so forward to the R2S for 2018.

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R2S Fundraiser 2018 advert

Hi everyone... it's time to take that tree down and have it do some good by helping out cancer research.  Please pass this around to your friends and family who may have a tree that will need chipping. Brian Thornburn is doing this for the 4th time  and last year raised over $3,000 for the cause.

Here's an article that was recently in the Aldergrove Star about this event.

I've copied the article contents here or you can go directly the the paper's site:

Langley Christmas tree chipping event a win-win for residents and fundraiser
An upcoming event supports a Ride 2 Survive participant.

HEATHER COLPITTS Dec. 28, 2017 9:55 a.m.

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Brian Thornburn is willing to freeze his backside off in January so he can ride 400 kilometres on it in the heat of summer.

He’s hosting a Christmas tree chipping event to raise money for Ride 2 Survive (R2S) which raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society to find a cure.

“Initially while involved with Cops For Cancer Tour de Valley, I was asked to provide ambulance support for Ride 2 Survive. That was 2008. Following that year I began riding and fundraising with R2S and that’s when I realized that I was actually joining not just a ride, but a family and I haven’t left,” he said.

Thornburn, involved in both R2S and Cops for Cancer, felt he couldn’t just keep asking the same people for support.

“So then I began thinking about finding something that people actually need anyway, and ask for donations to provide it. Thanks to Vicki Kunzli, one of R2S’s founders, Bartlett Tree Experts came on board and have supported us for four years now. They provide a crew and equipment for the whole weekend,” Thornburn said.

Thornburn spends his work day caring for critically ill infants, children and high-risk pregnant moms as a paramedic with the BC Ambulance Infant Transport Team.

In June he will ride 400 kilometres from Kelowna to Delta, covering a climb of more than 12,000 vertical feet.

After the holiday goodies are tucked into, he goes into training mode with the team prepping from February to June.

“Every dollar raised by participants is used for research and sometimes cancer treatment equipment purchases. Every cost associated with the ride is borne by participants and sponsors,” Thornburn said.

Last year’s chipping raised more than $3,000 and chipped about 600 trees.

The chipping station is at Willowbrook Shopping Centre (use 197th Street entrance). People can stop by Saturday, Jan. 6 and Sunday, Jan. 7, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The trees must be free of decorations and tinsel, nails, screws or other hardware.

“People often ask but we are not recycling pop bottles or cans,” he added. “We ask for donations, suggested minimum is $10 but we’re grateful for anything they are willing to give. Donations without trees are gladly accepted, too.”

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Hi everyone,

This is a blog I clearly do not want to ever write but…

This past weekend we lost and Cst. John Davidson of the Abbotsford Police Department.

Rich and I had the huge honour to ride with John on the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley ride this September as a guest rider. Many of us were also at the Ohana Banquet in Delta supporting that team and John who was there.

There has been a long kinship between the C4C Tour de Valley teams and the Ride2Survive since the 2005 inception of the R2S.  We put our money into the same places, we had riders who did both - sometimes in the same year! Delta Police have supported the Ride2Survive since the beginning as well and that support came and still comes directly from the Chief.

Abbotsford Police have supplied many riders to R2S over the years and they also supplied motorcycle escort for several years.

Simply,  we are in the many police departments' debt.

That statement not only holds for the Ride2Survive, but for all of us who live in these communities - safely - because of the work done everyday by Members like Constable John Davidson who paid the ultimate price to keep us safe.

Thank you John, and rest in peace.

Our condolences to John's  family  and all those who were lucky enough to cross paths with John.

Kerry Kunzli



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