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Police K-9 calendar breaks fundraising record

Calendar sales raise $60,001 for three organizations including Durham chapter of the Alzheimer Society

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

Durham Region Police Services’ K-9 calendar had a historic year in 2018.

D/Cst. Wayne King was in front of the DRPS board at their latest meeting to present a cheque of $60,001 to three local charities, the Durham Chapter of the Alzheimer Society, the Animal Guardian Society, and the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre.

“For any of us to sit here and say we expected to raise $60,001 – one $20 bill at a time – would not be true,” said King.

The money was raised through proceeds collected from the 2019 K-9 calendar campaign.

In comparison, the total from 2018’s calendar was $37,560.

The calendar was created with support from the DRPS corporate communications unit, featured photos of all nine dogs in the K-9 unit, and also included crime prevention tips.

In the five years since its inception, the K-9 calendar has brought in more than $185,000 for local charities.

“To truly put the words into experience just doesn’t do it justice,” said King.

King believes promoting the calendar allows officers in the K-9 unit to have a rare chance to take time and speak with the residents of Durham.

“They ask us questions in regards to our dogs and what we do specifically, so it really gives us a great opportunity from a very grassroots level to speak to members of our community,” King said.

“This is all for the community,” says King. “There is no other reason why we do this other than to promote our unit, to obviously raise money for valued community members and also to represent the police service the best we can.”