Over the Edge for Kids

By Gordon Middleton

Gordon Middleton


Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit
Community Safety Command

Toronto officers joined their Greater Toronto Area counterparts in rappeling down the 34-storey Westin Harbour Castle to benefit youth programs.

The Over the Edge fundraiser supports ProAction Cops and Kids, a non-profit that brings cops and kids together through skill-building and mentoring programs to create trust, respect and safer communities.

It was the first time rappelling for Deputy Chief Lauren Pogue.

“I felt great and I am so glad I was part of this,” she said. “At first, I was a little bit nervous. Then I focused on the things they taught us to do. Once you settle into that harness, you trust the process. I was able to settle in and make my way down and have a look around.”

The first of its kind cross-chapter ProAction Cops & Kids event brought together participants from chapters in Toronto, Durham, Hamilton, Halton and Peel regions.

“This is a fundraising opportunity for us, so we have been able to sell sponsorship and get people to pay to come down from the 34th floor of the hotel,” said ProAction Cops & Kids President Stephen Khouri. “I can’t think of a better opportunity for police officers and youth learning how to go down, how to rappel. It is a great trust building experience to be doing this in practice and then to go over the edge.”

Since 1991, ProAction Cops & Kids has supported nearly 2,400 police-led programs across the GTA, providing about 430,000 under-resourced youth with barrier-free access to skill building activities and life-changing opportunities.

“I have had a lot of interaction with ProAction and it is an amazing organization,” said Pogue. “We have incredible members in our organization that run these programs and dedicate a lot of their time to support young people in many activities.”

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