Welcome to David Boyce's Fundraising Page
I am participating in Cops for Cancer 2017 Tour de Rock to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society. Why? Because the impact of cancer on the life of a child and their family is devastating. Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society through Cops for Cancer are used to fund life-saving research and caring support programs to reduce its impact.preventing cancer and saving lives; provide reliable and up-to-date information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; offer vital community-based support services for people living with cancer and their families; and advocate for healthy public policies.
The devastation of child cancer has been felt by my entire family when my nephew died of leukemia on October 21, 1981. Neil was born Jan. 26, 1978, and was a wonderful little boy. He's my motivation and he is my inspiration.
Please pledge me and help me reach my fundraising goal! Every pledge takes us one step further in the fight against cancer. Online pledging is secure and it saves the Canadian Cancer Society money by reducing administrative costs.
Thanks for your support!
My Personal Web Log
Why do Tour de Rock riders yell???
If you've ever been close to a Tour de Rock riding team, you may be wondering why we're always yelling or at least shouting out simple words and perhaps pointing or making other weird hand signals.
If this is you, you're reading the right blog...not that I'm an expert.
As our training has progressed, we have started moving towards complete trust in our team mates, in terms of warning us about dangers on the roadway ahead. As we cycle in single file or in doubles, the riders behind the front rider or riders are dependent on those riders to ensure we are all made aware of upcoming hazards, such as holes, heavy loose gravel since we can't see ahead of us in the crisp lines expected of Tour de Rock teams.
When you recognize this, it actually all makes sense when you hear such things as:
"Hole right!" "Hole left!" "Gravel right!" "Gravel left!"
When you are on the highway, you'll also encounter a lot of shredded tire debris which can flatten our tires when the wire interior cord punctures them....so you'll also hear "Debris right!" "Debris centre!" "Debris left!"
We also alert each other to upcoming hazards like rail road tracks, bridges (particularly where the shoulder is narrow or non existent and motor vehicles are using them too), signs, other vehicles beside the highway, either in motion or parked and just about anything else you can imagine. We will also alert to other cyclists on the highway in front of us or pedestrians....so you may hear such things as:
"Tracks up!" (you need to cross the tracks straight...on an angle, you could slip and crash...I can speak from experience)
"Bridge up!" "Car right!!" "Walkers up!!"
It all makes sense .... although sometimes when a number of the above comments are coming simultaneously, or a rider making the call has a lack of clarity in their words, confusion can reign...then you keep your eye on the forward rider and hope they'll steer you through.
Some of the stranger calls we've heard or yelled out...."Road Kill center!" "Donkey right!" "Deer left, center and right!" (Nanoose) "Dirty Diaper!!"
So remember, it's not you....it's just the way we drive the team safely through a journey.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 10:33 PM
July 21 Golf Tournament "Nine and Dine" Port Alberni
The Alberni Golf Course provided a wonderful setting and back drop for our "Nine and Dine" Golf Tournament. Some great work by my partner Beth O'Connor, one of our co workers Tina McLeod and volunteer Gerry Fagan (bit of a golf, fund raising and volunteer expert!!), coordinated things with the Alberni Gold Course.
Tanya Davis with the Canadian Cancer Society showed up to help with our event, providing support for the whole night and handling electronic sale transactions for silent auction items.
Cariboo Beer provided support on the first hole and generated some great funds to the cause and mission of Tour de Rock. Kim Ivezich, another one of my co workers, was teamed well with Tina McLeod...and her husband was the Cariboo representative that provided the support and a great raffle pack of Cariboo swag.
The baskets were all a big hit and an added bonus was some wonderful framed historic hockey, football and golf photographs, some signed by some of the greats. The eventual value of one photograph...featuring Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oiler Jerseys...will probably be exceptional some day not too far distant.
Lots of smaller prizes were awarded through balloon draws. Subway, Pizza, it was great.
Thank you to everyone who came and of course all of the wonderful support that allowed us to generate funds for the kids, who are the mission of Tour de Rock.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 10:05 PM
Mt. Washington July 16, 2017
Daryl Major, a 2016 Tour de Rock Team member and ongoing supporter of the Tour's mission, posted a message to the 2017 on Facebook on Saturday, July 15, referencing our Mt. Washington ride on Sunday, July 16. It was a meme of actor Harrison Ford, with the comments, "It's true ... all of it."
Our team met at the first chain up, and this is important to recognize that there are actually several chain up areas, corresponding to an impressive cluster of hills that make up the climb to the Alpine Resort at the base of Mt. Washington's ski...and of season... bike runs.
I was happy to see my Junior Rider, Brett and his dad Richard, encouraging the team on the climb. I introduced them to the team in the parking lot and we headed down the road to the highway, then turned back to face the beast.
We went on our own time and took on the challenge. Daryl Major was correct. It was true, all of it. Glad I finished it, but honestly it seemed absolutely impossible as I looked at the first hill, which I had already cycled up near the end of June. I was told it was the worst, then it was a gentle roll from there up. Nope, not true. The ugly parts of a bicycle climb going straight up for 19 kms, was the true part.
My junior rider was out high fiving the team members as they went by and Lindy Skutnik, riding out of Ladysmith, specifically mentioned him providing the boost and encouragement to get to the top. In his video, which ends with Arnold Lim having a spectacular crash, Arnold is working hard towards the top and mentions a high five from Brett at road side. Very powerful support. Thank you Brett and Richard for getting there.
We enjoyed the hospitality of the Alpine Resort...and for the first time in a long time, I was seeking out a fire in the resort to warm up. The hard work to the colder top, made for a major cooling effect.
Brett and Richard and I had our lunch together before the ride down and then Brett and I engaged in a bit of a water fight with everyone else, while our on team paramedics treated Arnold Lim's road rash. What a wild, horrible ride that I never want to do again....that, is the truth.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 9:48 PM
Tseshaht First Nation-Jail and Bail/Dunk Tank July 29, 2017
Saturday, July 29 and another great day in the books. Matilda Atleo and her team put together an amazing fund raiser day at the Tseshaht Market and Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation and the support from the community was great. Judge Hugh Braker oversaw a fair and impartial court, handling bail for such issues as general malfeasance and public disorder and disturbance. Interim/back up Judge Cliff Atleo, also presided over the court after Judge Braker's Departure, and handled a last minute add on to the docket. Well done gentlemen!!
The dunk tank was a hit with kids and adults with some spectacular throws that were very much on target. Lots of laughter and fun had by all.
Our volunteer extraordinaire, Gerry Fagan, moved a number of raffle tickets and did it with gusto. Thank you Gerry. You're awesome.
We sold some shirts and hats too, and added that to the building Tseshaht Donation that will be turned over to the Tour de Rock cause for the kids on the gala night, September 29.
Geotech Industries gets a thank you too, for allowing us the use of their jail and bail jail cell. It was great and fully adaptable to our surroundings.
Long day, but great day for the sake of the TDR mission.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 30, 2017 @ 9:32 PM
Ladysmith Fun Run May 14, 2017
One of my team mates, Lindy Skutnik, her business partner and fund raising committee held their second annual Fun Run at Transfer Beach. The day was overcast but didn't dampen spirits. The 5 km run featured bright coloured food grade corn starch that ended up adorning all the runners. I had the strong warning to probably not get my Tour de Rock training jersey covered in the dyed cornstarch, but that would have been too easy. As I ran towards the finish line, aqua, marine blue and red were generously thrown at me, changing the hue of my practice jersey. It was a great time to support Lindy's team effort in Ladysmith and enjoy the start of the fund raising events going on across the Island.
My facebook photo has the remnants of my dyed look.
Notably, the red came out of my clothing easily....the aqua was a little more, um, robust!
by David Boyce on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 11:00 PM
July 11 Paint Nite Fundraiser/Port Alberni
It started with a proposal to do a Paint Nite at Port Alberni. I asked my wife about it, and she assured me that they were very popular events and showed me some examples on FaceBook. Then, I was asked to select the painting that would be "taught" to the group. I chose several while our records folks showed dismay, said "no", said "too complicated", and then finely agreed with my choice....a dark night sky and moon, a fading sunset and some trees. It all finally came together at the Cherry Creek Hall on July 11. Big thank you to Mary-Anne and her team who put it together. Big thank you as well to the Cherry Creek Hall folks who gave us a break on the hall, to raise the most money we could for the kids.
If you've never done a Paint Nite, trust the artist/instructor and go with friends and have fun. Everyone at our Paint Nite certainly had fun doing it while helping to raise funds for the mission of Tour de Rock.
Bronwyn was our artist/instructor and did a superb job on only her second Paint Nite. Michelle helped in the background as did Jennifer. Jennifer wasn't required to work, paid for a ticket, showed up to paint and also worked to set up and tear down....we appreciate the additional support.
The night was a success and we thank everyone who brought it all together. A truly fun fundraiser.
by David Boyce on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 10:48 PM
Thank You Carlos OBryans --- Nanaimo
On June 25, 2017, some of our team road Salt Spring Island for a fund raiser there. I had the pleasure of joining the two Nanaimo Tour de Rock riders, Kevin and Samantha at Carlos OBryans for a red serge event. Servers at Carlos OBryans were assigned to each of us and several alumni riders and we got to learn in the heat of the frying pan, just what goes in to serving at a busy and popular establishment like Carlos OBryans. Leah was the server that I worked with and I sincerely appreciated her patience. We were constantly on the move and the variety of drinks that were available was baffling to a newbie like me. The fund raising part, came from these wonderful servers giving up their tips....big sacrifice!
I so appreciate the servers and the work they do and got exposed to the pretty heavy pace behind the bar and in the kitchen. All of the employees work hard to get out a great product. We were very well treated and it was very encouraging to be part of. Certainly some people initially had a questioning smile as we approached their table to get them started on their night out. It was all well received and we so appreciated the staff support. Well done and thank you all so much.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 09, 2017 @ 12:52 AM
Many Thanks Quality Foods, Qualicum Beach
Our fund raising started with a terrific boost from the Quality Foods ownership team, in place prior to the company ownership change.
We had opportunity to fund raise at an event Saturday, May 27th, as Quality Foods kicked off the summer Festival of Lights series with their first fireworks show in Qualicum Beach.
The weather was perfect and we had opportunity to meet some terrific folks who helped us kick start this odyssey to support the mission of Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock.
Thank you all for the tremendous support.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 09, 2017 @ 12:36 AM
Thank You -- Port Alberni Port Authority
On Saturday, June 17, 2017, the Port Alberni Port Authority hosted Port Days and it was terrific event. The weather cooperated and events were held across the water front.
We were honoured to be approached by the Port Authority, through David McCormick, to support Tour de Rock through hot dog sales and dunk tank operations and given a location to sell Boston Pizza pizza at Tyee Landing. We had some solid volunteer members of Port Alberni Detachment agree to get dunked for the cause and thank them as well. I am writing this on July 8 with a declared provincial state of emergency over wild fires, and yet, just a few weeks ago, the dunked volunteers were freezing in the breeze blowing in from the inlet. Amazing how things change in such short order.
The waterfront is really looking phenomenal with the efforts of the Port Authority among other partners.
We were thrilled to receive a cheque for Tour de Rock from the fund raising Dave and his staff put on. The cheque was presented to me on behalf of Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Tyee Landing.
Thank you for the support Port Alberni Port Authority. We appreciate all you have done.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 09, 2017 @ 12:26 AM
Shout Out to Boston Pizza Port Alberni-THANKS!!
A huge shout out to Boston Pizza Port Alberni. They have been incredible supporters for Tour de Rock fund raising over the years. So far this year, and given little warning, they helped bring a vision together that I had for Port Days Celebrations on June 17, and then hosted a bunch of wonderful people for a fund raiser on June 24, where we were entertained with live music provided by the very talented Jordan Hamlyn and Lauren Spencer Smith....phenomenal, phenomenal fund raiser. We were so blessed and the staff, management and ownership group have went well above and beyond the call.
We look forward to working with Boston Pizza Port Alberni again during a planned Drive In Movie Event, slated for August 11, with a fund raising component for Tour de Rock. The Drive In Movie Event is well situated to be a hit as the annual Thunder in the Valley Drag Race is occurring that weekend, and anticipated drag race cars will be prevalent.
Special thank you s to Ryan and Laurie and all the staff.
by David Boyce on Sun, Jul 09, 2017 @ 12:06 AM
Camp Good Times July 6, 2017
Tour de Rock 2017 were blessed with the opportunity to travel to Maple Ridge, BC on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The south team travelled together on a school bus out of Shawnigan Lake on the Schwartz Bay ferry, while the north team headed out on foot on Duke Point Ferry. North walked off to join the south team on the school bus and our adventure was underway.
On arrival at Camp Goodtimes, with spectacular weather, we immediately got into costumes and assisted the staff in putting on a Casino Event for the Kids where they played games like massive Plinko, Rock Paper Scizzors, Don't Wake the Dragon, Penny Toss and a myriad of other fun games. I ended up in a red velour dragon outfit draped in another furry owl costume....you had to be there! The kids had a blast making play money that they could purchase things with. That included paying to dunk specific people after the casino in a dunk tank. Some of our team mates made the grade and got dunked.
We learned a lot about Camp Good Times and shared a terrific and tasty camp dinner with the kids...make your own burritos. We were all touched in different ways through our experience, but it definitely encouraged us all in our fund raising efforts. Thank you kids, families and staff for a terrific day and thank you to the Canadian Cancer Society staff who arranged the day and made sure we got everything we needed, right down to treats, wraps, fruit and water on the bus.
by David Boyce on Sat, Jul 08, 2017 @ 11:39 PM
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