The stuff is strutted at cops’ fashion fundraiser

RCMP, Kootenay Ice and Avalanche and the COTR Volleyball squad hit the runway for the annual Cops for Kids all-male fashion show

It’s all in the strut.

Members of the RCMP, Kootenay Ice and College of the Rockies Avalanche Volleyball squad all hit the runway for the annual Cops for Kids all-male fashion show in a Carnival-style party.

From the risqué to the ridiculous, models hit the runway and played to the crowd, all in an effort to raise money for the Cops for Kids charity, which goes directly to local children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.

“It’s an amazing event, it always is,” said Melody Munro, a director for Cops for Kids. “The Tamarack Centre, just every year, gets better and better.

“…We super appreciate the support from the Kootenay Ice and the College of the Rockies Avalanche—they were amazing—and I think people generally had a really good time and a lot of money was raised for a really good cause.”

The goal, of course, is to always raise more than last year’s event, but final numbers won’t come in till next week. The Heidout catered the intermission snacks while guests could also peruse the silent auction section.

The crowd got to see the direct results of where the funding goes, as a young kid who had received some support from the charity came up on stage.

He had been in an ATV accident and had severely injured his ankle. Cops for Kids was able to step in and provide aa grant for a specialized orthotic while medical professionals work towards a more permanent solution.

“As they’re rebuilding his ankle, he needs to have this orthotic in order to protect that area, so they had said he would likely not walk again…but he came flying up on stage and has just improved dramatically with us being able to purchase this equipment for him, and it’s not covered by the medical system,” said Munro.

Last year, the charity received 135 grant applications all year. In the summer months of 2014, there have been over 140.

“So we definitely need to see some more fundraising and more money coming into the charity in order to support these grants that are coming in,” Munro said. “It shows a lot more families are in need.”

Cops for Kids is currently in the middle of their cycling tour, as they started in Osoyoos on Sept. 6 and have been winding their way through the lower West and East Kootenay region before heading up to Golden and the Rogers Pass before ending in Kelowna on Sept. 15.