Military Police to stage poker run in support of charity

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Cpl Travis Cowan, 11 MP Flight

On August 5, members of the 11 Military Police Flight will be hosting a poker run from the Air Force Association of Canada 784 Wing in Cold Lake.

The charity event will see motorcyclists, veterans, CAF members and community members travelling around the Lakeland region in support of the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC). It is coordinated with the arrival of the National Riders from the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride, which also supports the MPFBC.

For more information, please see the Facebook event page “MP Fund for Blind Children Charity Poker Run.”

Military Police members have a long history of supporting the MPFBC. It was founded in 1957 by Col James Stone, who was the Canadian Army Provost Marshall (Military Police). Col Stone’s daughter Moira was afflicted with cancer in the eye, resulting in sudden blindness and subsequently her death.

Through the experience of dealing with his daughter’s illness, Col Stone came to realize that there was limited support for children who suffered similar illnesses. Col Stone requested support from members of the Military Police branch in stablishing this charity. Through his perseverance and dedication to improving the lives of those affected, the MPFBC received a Letter of Patent on October 18, 1976 and a Trust Agreement on October 27, 1977 which officially established The Military Police Fund for Blind Children as a Charitable Corporation.

Military Police branch members gain exposure to the charity early in their QL3 course in Borden. They are often tasked with conducting volunteer fundraising as a course effort. The MPFBC is a huge opportunity for members of the Military Police branch to support children afflicted by various forms of blindness or visual impairment.

If you know someone under 21 years of age who may benefit from financial support and assistance through the Military Police Fund for Blind Children please contact the Military Police at extension 8180 for further information.