Diabetes isn’t fun, but raising money to fight it can be.
Sgt. Mark Colcy knows what his partner went through while caring for his wife and daughter, both of whom have Type 1 diabetes, so he and dozens of other police and local media celebrities’ made raising money to fight the disease fun on Tuesday.
“It’s great to see everyone out and having fun and to show the police officers in a different light having fun and raising important money for an important charity,” he said.
Officers and media dressed up and got crazy to race each other on tyke bikes with proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
JDRF regional manager Shelley Swirski was thrilled the Calgary police service chose their organization to give the funds raised at the third annual Racing for Rainbows event.
“All of the money goes 100 per cent towards finding a cure, because right now, there is no prevention for diabetes and it’s on the rise in adolescents,” she said, adding two to three children are diagnosed with the disease per week in Calgary.
Const. John Warin has participated in the tyke bike race two years in a row and said it’s a good opportunity to be silly and raise money.
“It’s nice just to dress up and it’s for a good cause each year,” he said.