Operation CALUMET held a Spin-a-thon for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children
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This summer, Canadian Armed Forces members deployed on Operation CALUMET participated in the first annual Spin-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC). Operation CALUMET is Canada’s participation in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), an independent peacekeeping operation in the Sinai Peninsula.
The Military Police Unit organized and supervised the fund-raising event which included participants from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Uruguay. Ten spin bikes were set up with eight participants per team. Spinners donated $10 each for team entry and collected additional funds as well.
“The MP Fund for Blind Children is a great Canadian cause,” said Colonel Michael Sullivan, Commander of Operation CALUMET. “The Spin-A-Thon was a fine event that promoted contingent fitness and morale with a healthy dose of competition.”
Designed as a relay, teams traded off their members without letting the spin bike come to a halt. The top team (New Zealand) pedalled a total of 95.8 miles in four hours. New Zealand also collected the highest funds of all the teams. Team Canada was awarded best costume.
“The event was fun and it was exciting having participants from four countries compete in not only cycling but raising funds for an amazing charity. Seeing other contingents helping Canada raise funds for the MPFBC was just as exciting as the cycling itself,” said the Military Police Corporal who organized the event. “The Spin-a-thon got everyone involved.”
The Spin-a-thon raised a total of $983.00 (Cdn) to benefit the MPFBC. The fund donates 100% of the proceeds directly to blind children and young adults across Canada.
The MPFBC was founded in 1957 by Colonel James Stone, a Canadian Army Provost Marshal, after his daughter was struck with sudden blindness. During his daughter’s illness, he became aware that many blind children less fortunate than his daughter were struggling with their affliction because of a lack of funds. Their plight affected him tremendously and he was determined to help in every way he could.
One of the notable aspects of the MPFBC is that Military Police volunteers continue to run and manage it. It remains unique in Canada as the only military charity in the country.
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