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Toronto officers begin ‘Hogtown to Beantown’ ride for Sick Kids

Sgt. Pat Meehan and Sgt. Steve Hicks prepare for the Toronto police bike ride to Boston at Topcliff Public School on May 6, 2013. CITYNEWS.

Four Toronto police officers are riding their bikes to Boston in an effort to raise money for Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

The ‘Hogtown to Beantown’ ride kicked off at 9 a.m. Monday and will stop in Newtown, Conn. along the way. Both American cities now have special significance for police.

“Little did we know, in September, that Boston – selected because it’s one of the best children’s hospitals in the world – that we would be going to a place that had suffered so much,” Sgt. Steve Hicks told CityNews.

“Along the way, we’re visiting Sandy Hook and it’s all coming together more than we could ever imagine.”

As part of their ride, Toronto police will present plaques to officers in both Newtown and Boston.

Six adults and 20 first-grade students were killed in a Dec. 14 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, while three people died and dozens more were injured in the marathon bombings.

Police hope to raise $50,000 for Sick Kids. The money will be used for the Ophthalmology Redevelopment Project and creative arts therapy, including therapeutic clowns.  Police have raised $10,000 so far.

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