The 51 Division Bike Club left their wheels behind to compete on two feet.
The bike club, made up of girls from Nelson Mandela Park Public School, was joined by Sergeant Sin Chiu, Constable Farzad Ghotbi and myself in the 24th annual World Wildlife Fund CN Tower Climb on May 3.
The officers along with the girls climbed the 1776 steps to reach the top. The best time for our group was 22 minutes and 11 seconds. This event was considered by youth and officers alike as being extremely positive and what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Special thanks go to ProAction Cops&Kids who made this possible.
The Bike Club normally meets up to take a ride around the Division alongside Neighbourhood officers. As the Regent Park Neighbourhood Officers, we try to connect with people in the community, including youth. The bike club has been a great success in forming a lasting partnership with kids.
On Friday, May 2nd myself and Constable Ghotbi were invited to referee a friendly soccer game between grade 7 girls from Nelson Mandela Park Public School and a team of girls from Rose Avenue Junior Public School, which is also within 51 Division. In the Nelson Mandela team, there were four girls who are also members of our 51 Division Bike Club. The Regent Park girls ended up winning the game with a 2-0 score. Everybody had a great time and the event helped strengthening the collaboration between officers, the school and the youths involved.
We look forward to spending more time getting to know the Regent Park community.