We celebrated our volunteers on November 14th at the North Penn VFW. Numerous awards were handed out spotlighting the most dedicated volunteers on the east coast. Many of our volunteers put in hundreds of hour in support of our township, police department and the children of Abington. You will see some volunteer at multiple events. We can’t say enough about our volunteers because without them many of our programs would not be possible.
This year’s bike run was another huge success. Everyone enjoyed the 60 mile ride to Green Lane Park. The best part of the ride is having an escort with little or no stopping. Although some would say the Bar-B-Q lunch afterwards was the best part. We had 88 bikes make the trip this year and we didn’t lose any along the way.
As in past years the proceeds from the run will go towards the Abington Police DARE Program.
Last Relay – The Rain
This year the relay was a wash out. This is the first time in 24 years this has happened. The relay is our major fund raiser for the year and without it a lot of programs would not be possible. Keeping in mind that we had bought supplies and food to support everyone we thought this year would be a total loss. Not just zero income but a lot of expenses that would have cut into fund raising well into next year.
Somehow we underestimated the citizens of Abington. We would like to thank everyone who turned their registration fee into a donation to CAPT. We are extremely grateful for your kindness. Your generosity has made it possible to carry on programs. That means we can still buy shirts, and workbooks for the DARE students, have money for Mini grants, support Abington’s Youth Aid Panel, and support our Kids in Safety Seats program. These are a few of the ways CAPT supports Abington.
Next Relay – The Rainbow
Let’s put last year in the past and think about next year. It will be the relays 25th year and a milestone few thought we would achieve. We will be planning special events to mark our Silver Anniversary. Hope you can join us.
May 18, 19, 2019
Thanks to all those who braved the entire relay. Your dedication was duly noted. We are considering this year’s relay a success in spite of the rain. The success is in the money raised that funds programs in the Abington community. It supports the DARE program, needy families, scholarships, child safety seat installations, and supports our volunteers at the many events they attend.
Before the relay started we honored the chief for his vision in starting C.A.P.T. and other programs in the township. We also honored retired Officer Bob Allmond who was the founder of the relay. Bob saw the program advertised at a convention he attended and thought what a great idea for Abington. And the rest as they say is history.
Special thanks go out to those who visited us that day bringing food. BB&T showed up with pretzels, Rita’s with their water ice, and Moe’s with their chips and salsa.
Please go to our Facebook page (Citizens And Police Together) to see pictures that will prove it didn’t rain the entire time.
We cannot say enough about our volunteers. Many hours go into providing three meals and entertainment for over 600 people. This year we received many compliments on the DJ, Fausto Rey.
I’ve checked with channel 6 and there is no rain in the forecast for next year’s 23rd annual 24 Hour Relay Challenge. See you there.