A group of Vancouver kindergartners have come together to make a sizeable donation to a Vancouver police officer’s fundraising campaign to bring joy to children and teens with cancer.
Students at St. Francis of Assisi School donated $420 to Cst. Tania Visintin’s Cops for Cancer fundraising page in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Visintin -- an alumna of St. Francis -- serves as the VPD's media relations officer and wrote on her page the funds will help fund pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.
Earlier this month Visintin paid a visit to her former elementary school to talk about the fundraiser. On the day of Visintin's visit the students were able to pass up their usual uniform to support the Canadian Cancer Society by wearing something yellow and bringing a donation.
"It meant so much to me that they did that. One of the most important things I learned while being at the school was the importance of helping those in need," Visintin wrote in an email to Vancouver Is Awesome. "I hope that by doing the Cops for Cancer ride, I can show the students that giving back doesn’t stop once you leave the school."
The tour is a five-day cycling ride throughout Metro Vancouver. The team will ride 100 kilometres each day together.
Students at St. Francis of Assisi School donated $420 to Cst. Tania Visintin’s goal for #CopsforCancer. Thanks to the kindergarten class for their card in support of Tania’s ride. To donate to Tania’s ride: https://t.co/IwNMxb9dVD To donate to the team: https://t.co/3qly5Rn5m7 pic.twitter.com/HsDdLOyHjD— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) June 22, 2021
“I know the ride will challenge me in new ways – physically and mentally,” Visintin wrote on her campaign page. “But I also know these challenges pale in comparison to the challenges faced by children battling cancer.”