A Moncton man is hoping to sell 10,000 red bracelets in an effort to thank the RCMP and also to raise money for the Fallen Members Fund.
Patrick Avery said the June shootings that killed three officers and injured two others left him searching for a way to help out the Codiac RCMP.
He said he looked to the Livestrong campaign that sells yellow bracelets to raise money for cancer research as an inspiration for helping the RCMP in Moncton.
The red bracelets that say — “Thank you RCMP” — are now showing up around Moncton.
“Some of these bracelets, over 1,000 or 1,500 of these bracelets have been out there circulating for a week and a half or two weeks now, so hopefully it is catching on,” Avery said.
The bracelets are selling for $5 each and Avery said the money will go to help the Fallen Members Fund.
The fund will help families of the three members who were killed: Const. Fabrice Gevaudan, Const. Dave Ross and Const. Douglas Larche.
Avery said there are requests for the bracelets from every corner of the province and across the country.
“We're going to see the financial part of it ramp up, some of these bracelets have been out there circulating for two weeks now,” he said.
“I just really encourage, small business owners, groups that have networks to get these out, if they could contact us and raise a good amount of money for these kids.”
Lynn Brine lost a member of her family during the June shootings. Her cousin’s husband, Fabrice Gevaudan, was killed, so when she heard about the bracelets, Brine said she immediately offered to help sell them.
"Seeing my cousin, she has a little girl who is 11 and knowing the others have children as well, just really made me want to help them out,” she said.
Jeff Garcia is one of the local businesses that is selling the red bracelets.
He already has two specially-made posters, thanking the RCMP, in front of his men's clothing store.
Garcia said he's can't keep enough of the bracelets in stock.
“They were sold in two days, all my clients buy them, I'm empty now,” he said.