KELOWNA — The Cops for Kids charity got a big boost Monday.
In fact, it got its largest single donation in its 15 year history thanks to retired Kelowna businessman and philanthropist, Al Hildebrandt, who handed a $100,000 cheque to the non-profit.
“Cops for Kids is very special to me,” says Hildebrandt.
Hildebrandt, who is also a retired police officer and former firefighter, has been supporting the foundation for four years.
“The team of RCMP members who go above and beyond to help children who need it most is what inspires me to give in the way that I can; which is by giving financially.”
Cops for Kids is known by many for its annual 1,000 kilometre cycling fundraiser in September.
The money raised is used to meet the needs of families year-round.
“Even though our ride has wrapped up for the year, our team of RCMP members and partnering law enforcement agencies is still out in each community serving and assisting families everyday,” says Cops for Kids Rider and President, Gail Harrison.
The Kelowna-based foundation says it will use donated funds to support ongoing requests from families who require transportation and accommodation support for a child’s medical treatment, medications, specialized therapies, learning tools and mobility aids.
“When families contact Cops for Kids, they’re in real crisis, their world is upside down, their child is ill,” says Harrison.
While it’s a timely gift for the charity, it’s a contribution Hildebrandt says he has been considering for some time.
“[I] wanted to make a meaningful gift and as tomorrow is Giving Tuesday across Canada, we thought it was the perfect time to donate to such an impactful and well-managed charity,” says Hildebrandt.
Click here for more information about Cops for Kids and how to donate.