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Breakfast at Chemainus Legion kicks off Tour de Rock's valley visit
Some Warm Land sunshine finally greeted soggy Tour De Rock Cops For Cancer cyclists as they made their way into the Cowichan Valley Tuesday morning.
The tour group assembled at the Chemainus Legion for breakfast at the start of Day 11.
"We had all the riders,'' said Janet Mitchell, treasurer of Chemainus Legion Branch 191. "They had a good breakfast. We had approximately $20,000 in donations from our community.''
She said representatives of the Chemainus Rotary Club, Legion, 49th Parallel and many other groups turned over fundraising proceeds or contributions to the group.
"We were involved in the fundraising a couple of weeks back,'' said Keith Falconer of the Chemainus Seniors Centre. "We had a barbecue outside in our parking lot and we did certain things. The Legion needed a place to run their barbecue.''
Falconer said about $1,000 was raised for the cause from that event.
Many groups in the valley had plans to present donations to the riders.
Just as rain gave way to some sunshine, the Tour de Rock riders left the Chemainus Legion for another busy day on the road.
"It's just awesome to have them here,'' said Mitchell.
The riders arrived for breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and were gone by 9.
"We only had time for breakfast and presentations,'' said Mitchell. "It's pretty quick. They want to get their day started.''
After leaving the Legion, riders made a quick stop at Chemainus Elementary School and then turned toward Lake Cowichan for presentations at Lake Cowichan School and Palsson Elementary.
They returned to Duncan and had scheduled visits to Drinkwater Elementary, Tansor Elementary and Queen Margaret's School Tuesday afternoon before arriving at Beverly Corners and staying for more than an hour.
Wednesday's agenda begins with breakfast at Boston Pizza in Duncan and then riders head south to Frances Kelsey Secondary, Shawnigan Lake School and the Mill Bay Centre before hitting the Malahat.
Check back later for coverage of the Duncan and South Cowichan portions of the tour.