Kynan Smith was inspired to start fundraising by watching the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock last year. A friend of his raised a bit of money for the cause and Kynan thought he could help out too.
“He just came home one day and asked me if I would help him,” said Jolene Hook, in reference to her son’s wishes to begin fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock.
Kynan, who turns eight this month, began his crusade to fundraise for Cops for Cancer this spring.
By the end of June, he had already raised a respectable $800 — almost halfway toward his goal of $2000.
“I first started thinking I wanted to raise $1,000 but then I decided I could do better than that and I changed my goal to $2,000,” explained Kynan excitedly.
An active Grade 2 student at KELSET elementary school, Kynan loves to play lacrosse and soccer and watches all types of sports including hockey.
“I wouldn’t like to be sick because I wouldn’t be able to do stuff, so I want to help kids who are sick with cancer get better,” Kynan said of the motivation behind his idea to fundraise for Cops for Cancer and Locks of Love.
The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock happens every year in September and Kynan will turn in his donation then — but he isn’t stopping at that. On Oct. 7, Kynan will shave his head and donate his hair to Locks of Love, an organization that produces wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. The Locks of Love head-shaving will happen at Centennial (Spirit) Square in downtown Victoria.
Until then, Kynan will be visiting people door-to-door on the Peninsula to seek out cash or cheque donations all through the summer.
If you are interested in helping Kynan’s fundraising efforts for Tour de Rock and Locks of Love, visit www.copsforcancerbc.ca/tourderock/kynansmith where donations can be made online and where you can contact Kynan to arrange a cash or cheque donation.