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Friends and family motivate Tour de Rock rider, Carfantan
There’s no lack of motivation for Ray Carfantan when it comes to preparing for the 2013 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride.
Cowichan’s newly named top cop currently works for the RCMP in Victoria, but he was a member of the Lake Cowichan RCMP from 1999 until 2005. It was during those years that he learned of the Tour de Rock.
“I was really affected by the tour in Lake Cowichan, where I first saw it,” says Carfantan. “I have friends in Lake Cowichan with kids that have been through this, and some of them have been junior riders for the tour — they’re a real strong motivation for me.
“Seeing the success they’ve had, I want to be supportive of the programs that helped them out and helped others as well.”
It’s not just through friends that Carfantan gains motivation for the training he is now completing — which, he says can be challenging at times — but also from family.
Like many people, Carfantan has had family face the fight against cancer. His sister is a breast cancer survivor, and his father died from pancreatic cancer.
“The training is going well; the training staff really know what they are doing,” says Carfantan.
“As much as it can sometimes be difficult, it’s a constant reminder that it’s nothing compared to what kids and other patients go through when they’re fighting cancer.”
If you would like to donate to the Tour de Rock, Carfantan has a personal donation page online, or you can make a general donation through the Canadian Cancer Society at copsforcancerbc.ca. You can also text tour804 to make a $10 donation.
You can also participate in one of the many local charity events.
“We are coming to the people, so if they want to come to any of the local charity events we have, there’ll always be an opportunity to donate there,” says Carfantan.
The Tour de Rock will begin Sunday, Sept. 22 in Port Alice. The riders will be getting into Lake Cowichan on Tuesday, Oct. 1.