Frozen Expedition Honours Victims Hardships

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. December 10, 2014
Updated: 9:49 a.m. December 10, 2014

Superintendent Heinz Kuck will do whatever it takes to raise money for Victim Services Toronto (VST).

Looking up at a man holding a dogsled in a treed setting
Superintendent Heinz Kuck takes the helm of a dogsled in training

That includes pushing his body to the limit.

In late February 2015, the  11 Division unit commander and his guide, Jamie Sands, will set off on a nine-night, 10-day dogsled expedition through the Northern Ontario wilderness as part of the  Making Tracks II fundraiser benefitting  Victim Services Toronto. Earlier this year, Kuck covered 120 kilometres over four days with Sands and 13 dogs in Algonquin Park raising $8,800 in the process.

Starting in  Fraserdale, north of Timmins, the pair and their 13 dogs and two sleds will make their way over almost 300 kilometres of rugged terrain to James Bay.

“Jamie and I will plan, pack, map and mush to empathize as best as we can with the hardships and struggles experienced by victims of crime and, as well, to showcase their resilience and courage through our own. I believe in this organization and do anything it takes to help raise funds to help them with the vital work they do in our community.”

I believe in this organization and do anything it takes to help raise funds to help them with the vital work they do in our community.

Such an expedition requires extensive preparation and training.

“We have do to GPS mapping and satellite imaging to look at the terrain and elevation and predict how far we can go each day,” said the veteran cop. “We will be crossing lakes, rivers and going through tundra and forested areas, so that preparation is important. I will also be doing full day of sled training once there is heavy snow in the area.”

Kuck, who has always had an affinity for the outdoors, plans to raise $7,500 from the expedition.

“We are well on our way to reaching that target and surpassing it,” said Kuck, noting they've raised $800 in just over a week.

In 2012 and 2013, Kuck and 53 Division officers raised $35,000 after completing a 55-kilometre outrigger canoe journey over open water from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Mississauga Sailing Club.

This summer, he paddled around the Toronto Islands, a 22-km journey that raised 5,000 pounds of food for 11 Division food banks.

A man paddles in an outrigger canoe
Superintendent Heinz Kuck on the final leg of his journey in support of local food banks
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