Patrick Tilma

Tour de North cyclists riding for family and friends

Deputy sheriff and RCMP officer ready to ride and RCMP inspector to get first shave in decades

Two local people are riding in the Cops for Cancer Tour de North this year and a third is getting ready to part with something he’s had for 32 years to also help raise money for the cause.

Richelle Fawdrey is a deputy sheriff with the British Columbia Sheriff Service. She says she’s lived here for the past 12 years with husband and daughter.

“Having never completed any large cycling tour, I feel like this is an amazing new challenge and a way for me to support those with cancer. Although cancer has not affected my immediate family it has touched a large amount of my extended family, she said.

She said she and her family like to take advantage of the many hiking trails in the area.

She has raised $4,117.

Terrace RCMP Const. Patrick Tilma is putting his love of cycling to a cause close to his immediate family and friends.

“I love cycling and fully support the Canadian Cancer Society and all the great work they do. Personally I have lost both an aunt and uncle due to cancer. Recently my direct supervisor lost his wife to cancer as well which reinforced my feeling that we need to continue aggressively working towards research and an ultimate cure,” said Tilma.

His goal amount of money to fundraise is $3,000, and he has reached $1,110.

And in what’s being called Trash the ‘stash, Terrace RCMP inspector Syd Lecky is also looking to raise a few thousand and honour a young person close to his heart.

In memory of his late godson, Jayden Desa, who passed away in June, Lecky is going to shave off the moustache he’s been hiding behind for the last 32 years if the community supports him in raising $5,000 for Tour De North.

“I’ve had this moustache for my entire adult life – not even my kids have seen me without it,” said Lecky. “It’s not easy to part with and that’s why it’s going to take $5,000 to get me to do it.”

“The moustache shaving date has not yet been set but I expect will be later in September,” said Lecky.

People can also come to the RCMP detachment with cash or cheque and a receipt will be mailed out to them from the Canadian Cancer Society.

To donate online to Trash the ‘stash, go to

Money raised from Cops for Cancer and the Tour de North helps fund pediatric cancer research to improve cancer treatments, prevent cancer, save lives, and helps to fund Camp Goodtimes (

The seven-day ride runs Sept. 12 – Sept. 18 from Williams Lake to Dawson Creek.


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