A few people on the street complimented him on a killer costume, but RCMP Constable Afzeel Yakub wasn't dressed in red for Halloween kicks.
Yakub was at Capilano College Wednesday (Oct. 31) to thank students of the Tourism Event Management Program for their help with the Cops for Cancer BC Bike Tour on Sept. 23 in Whistler.
"I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. It was a flawless event," said Yakub.
By his side was seven-year-old Matthew Hansen who, five years ago, was battling leukemia. After hearing about the event, which raises funds for camps aimed at children recovering from cancer, his mother Joan Hansen made him a part of the Junior Team, cancer survivors who inspire the officers as they ride.
The fundraiser was especially successful this year with the help of Capilano students, raising a record $15,000. The class was responsible for the site execution and pre-planning, such a creating production schedules and an event plan when the riders reached Whistler.
Students also acted as emcees, stage managers, site and ride coordinators.Student Gillian Wallis acted as stage manager for the event. As a former volunteer at Camp Goodtimes, which the fundraiser supports, Wallis said it meant a lot to her to support the Canadian Cancer Society through her work.
She also gained insight in the role of a stage manager.
"It took some getting used to knowing where everyone is at all times," she said.
Instructor Sue Eckersley said a tradition was born. The RCMP can count on the students support in the future.