Pushing the mind and body to the extreme for a cause is something that Superintendent Heniz Kuck relishes.
Next month, the 11 Division unit commander and his guide, Jamie Sands, of Chocpaw Expeditions, as well as Welsh outdoor adventurer Phil Jones, will set off on a 10-day dogsled expedition through the Northern Ontario wilderness as part of the Making Tracks II fundraiser benefiting Victim Services Toronto.
Starting in Fraserdale, north of Timmins, the pair, with their 19 dogs and three sleds, will make their way over almost 300 kilometres of rugged terrain to James Bay from February 25 to March 6. Kuck, who has always had an affinity for the outdoors, plans to raise $7,500 from the expedition.
“We are looking at exceeding that,” said Kuck, who raised $800 in the first week of fundraising. “There are two components to this expedition. The first is to raise funds and the other is to bring awareness to Victim Services and the great work that they do.
Victim Services Toronto is an absolutely essential component of victims and trauma counselling and getting them back on track in life
“As a police officer for over 35 years, one of the mainstays we have always been involved in is victim advocacy and dealing with victims. Victim Services Toronto is an absolutely essential component of victims and trauma counselling and getting them back on track in life.”
Earlier this year, Kuck covered 120 kilometres over four days with Sands and 13 dogs in Algonquin Park, raising $8,800 in the process. In 2012 and 2013, he 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 7,000 pounds of food for 11 Division food banks.