© Adam Brazeau
Cornwall police chief Dan Parkinson.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Some new equipment and fencing for the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall will be purchased with the proceeds of a popular Cornwall police fundraiser entering its 10th year.
Cornwall police chief Dan Parkinson announced Monday the move at a breakfast meeting Monday at the club.
The MuchMusic Video Dance Cops and Rockers event, which can accommodate up to 1,100 students, returns to the Cornwall Armouries on Fourth Street East, on May 9.
“With over $199,000 already raised by our young students from grades 5 to 8 in nine previous events, and with the added ability to now raise funds online, I’m confident our innovative youth will once again raise the necessary funds to complete the outdoor sports pad," said Parkinson. "In addition, the funds raised allows us to maintain the Boys & Girls Club operations in Cornwall and to serve just that many more children and young people as we go forward."
Cops and Rockers unites police officers and volunteers from the community with students from grades 5 to 8 in Cornwall schools, who in turn use pledge sheets to raise funds.
By raising a minimum $25, the students receive a personalized and numbered Cops and Rockers dance pass and a chance to win exciting prizes. Through the support of many local sponsors, prizes will be given away during the dance, and this year’s top three fundraisers will pick from a prize pool consisting of a 64GB Microsoft Surface tablet, or a Nintendo Wii U deluxe set or a Canon Power Shot WiFi digital camera.
Parkinson has earmarked 80 per cent of the funds raised at Cornwall’s event for the outdoor sports pad, while the remaining will go directly to the participating schools. The more funds a specific school raises, the more they will receive.
“Cops & Rockers is a really unique event for the Boys & Girls Club," said Jacquie Richards, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG. "It’s teaching kids how they can and do make a difference in their community."
For more information, and to donate online, visit copsandrockers.com.