Finding Strength to Help Kids

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 2:32 p.m. October 15, 2018

A total of $3,000 was raised for ProAction Cops & Kids through a strength competition on August 25 in East York.

A man lifts a weighted bar in a gym
Ryan Fardell, of 52 Division, dead lifts 495 pounds to win the Strengthbox competition in support of ProaAction Cops & Kids (Photo Mike Day)
  • A man lifts a weighted bar in a gym
  • A pushes a large tire in a parking lot
  • Three people holding oversize cheque

A total of eight Toronto Police members joined community members in the fundraiser organized by Greg Carver who owns StrengthBox, an industrial-style gym.

“The day was a resounding success and I am going to do it again,” Carver said. “We had about 26 participants and 24 supporters who all had a good time while contributing to a good cause. This is about helping kids and building partnerships, so it was easy to get people to contribute.”

Since its inception in 1991, ProAction Cops & Kids  has become the largest private funder of Toronto Police programs for young people.

Participants, including 55, 52 and 42 Division members, did dead lifts, tire flips, push-ups and pull-ups.

Constable Ryan Fardell of 52 Division came out on top in the deadlift with 495 pounds while his brother, Geoff Fardell who is assigned to 55 Division, did 12 tire flips in 30 seconds.

Constable David Montrait of 42 Division did the most consecutive push-ups and pull-ups, 91 in total.

“I really want to thank the officers who came out to take part in the strength events and the Auxiliary members who gave their time to support us,” Carver said.

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