Cops for Kids president Gail Harrison gives a ride to Madison Chesney, one of the children who benefits from the charity.
Attending were 21 police officers who'd just finished cycling 1,000 kilometres, speaker
announcements, pizza and cupcake tents, and scores of applauding people.
By coincidence, Madison's birthday just happened to be the day the Cops for Kids ride rolled back into Kelowna after a 10-day jaunt through the Southern Interior.
And Madison was at the Cops for Kids wrapup ceremony because she benefits from the charity.
"She has Dravet syndrome, which is also known as severe seizure disorder, and she'll have up to 20 terrible seizures a night,"
explained mom Kristy.
"It's tough, but Cops for Kids has helped us so much.
"They've paid for trips back and forth to Vancouver for Madison's appointments at B.C. Children's Hospital and they gave her an iPad with specialized applications that help her communicate, because she can't talk that well."
Every year police officers from throughout the RCMP's Southeast B.C. District cycle
1,000 kilometres over 10 days through Southern Interior communities collecting money for the charity.
This year a record $251,000 was raised.
Last year's ride brought in $190,000. Over its 13 year history, $1.9 million has been raised.
"Last year, we were able to help out 138 kids with grants," said Cops for Kids president Gail Harrison, who give Madison a ride on her bike after completing the 1,000 kilometres.
"So far this year we've done 90. The great thing about Cops for Kids is we can help out all kinds of kids. We aren't restricted to one disease or ailment."
Another little girl who has specialized hearing aids thanks to Cops for Kids was also at the event.
Last year, the riders finished by rolling into the parking lot at Orchard Park mall.
This year, the return was more dramatic with a police motorcycle leading the cyclists off Highway 97 and up and over the overpass at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to the assembled crowd in the parking lot for the Landmark 3 office tower.
Along the route the riders collected money at events in numerous communities and also met youngsters who have been helped out by Cops for Kids.