The Winnipeg Cops for Kids Bicycle relay team is a true representation of the best in community commitment and charitable giving. A charitable undertaking in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation that spans over eighteen (18) years of extraordinary dedication to a great and worthy cause.
The relay team was the brainchild of founding father WPS Constable William “Bill” Isaac who was inspired to form the team after providing a Police escort to a Houston, Texas Police Department bicycle relay team in 1994. The Houston officers had challenged themselves to cycle to Anchorage, Alaska as a platform to raise charitable donations for leukemia research.
Children’s Wish Foundation would be the benefactor of Isaacs inspiration.
Established in 1984, Children’s Wish is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favorite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening, often terminal illnesses. Since its inception, Children’s Wish has granted more than 19,000 wishes for children and their families and fulfills approximately 1000 wishes annually, granting nearly three wishes everyday. Each wish being an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of that particular child.
The Cops for Kids team consists of a dedicated group of upwards of twenty (20) highly motivated WPS members who are skilled in the fine art of planning and organization. These officers raise charitable donations by seeking sponsorship from the business community, personal donations from family, friends and the general public, t-shirt sales, bud & spud social events, hot dog days and participation in the Red River Exhibition dunk tank.
To date, the Cops for Kids team has made incredible treks in nine bi-annual bike tours. These tours include;
- 1995 – West for Wishes Tour – Winnipeg – Vancouver
- 1997 – Coast to Coast for Kids Tour – Winnipeg – Halifax, NS
- 1999 – North American Tour – Winnipeg – Mexico
- 2001 – Kalifornia for Kids Zoo to Zoo Tour – Winnipeg – San Diego, California
- 2003 – Torch to Torch Tour – Winnipeg to New York City, New York
- 2005 – Muddy Water to Clearwater Tour – Winnipeg to Clearwater, Florida
- 2007 – Bridge to Bridge Tour – Winnipeg to San Francisco, California
- 2009 – Homeland Tour – 5,000 challenge Winnipeg
- 2011 – Quest for the Key – Winnipeg to Key West, Florida
With critical fund raising efforts from partners and sponsors Wal-Mart & Coca Cola, the Cops for Kids Bicycle Team is humbled by the fact that these efforts have translated to the donation of more than $1,000,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation. A truly remarkable accomplishment.
In 2013, plans are already underway that will see the Cops for Kids team head west once more in a 2,500 kilometer (+) tour to Tofino, British Columbia.
The Cops for Kids Team invites you to be part of the dream by supporting their efforts to keep making dreams happen for children afflicted with life threatening illnesses.
Stay tuned for upcoming fundraising events and media releases.