The Vanderhoof Vikings and Quesnel

The Vanderhoof Vikings and Quesnel

Cops 4 Cancer ride through Vanderhoof VIkings first game.

Cops 4 Cancer riders served as the half time show for the first game of the season between the Vanderhoof Vikings and the Quesnel Clansmen

Jesse Cole

Omineca Express




Vanderhoofs football team, the Vikings, played their first varsity game of the season last Friday against the Clansmen from Quesnel, B.C.

The game was played at the Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS) field at 5 p.m. last Friday.

While the Vikings started out strong with a six point lead by halftime, the Clansmen ultimately beat them out with renewed vigour with a finish score of 12 to 28 in the Clansmen’s favour.

Despite the Vikings loss to the Clansmen the game was exciting and drew out dozens of people to cheer on the team.

The games half-time show featured this years Cops 4 Cancer Tour de North riders.

Cyclists rode into town before making their way to the NVSS field where they gave a speech on cancer, the need for support and the dangers of all forms of tobacco.

Vanderhoof’s own Sharon Unger, who is now on her third Tour de North trip addressed the crowd saying,

“You’ve done a lot to support me and I really appreciate it. I lost my father to cancer 10 years ago, so I ride in his honour. As a medic I have also watched many people suffer and I have watched many parents sit there and worry about their children and worse is when parents have to grieve over a child. I do this ride for the Canadian Cancer Society to try to make a difference.

Cops 4 Cancer has currently raised over $2 million for cancer research with Unger raising over $3,000 this year alone.

Some of the money goes to Camp Goodtimes, an oncology camp for kids and families suffering from cancer. Many of the Cops 4 Cancer riders donned friendship bracelets made for them by campers from Camp Goodtimes.