Letter to the Editor
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario
The OPP’s annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is a 50-year-old OPP tradition that is held to sponsor Special Olympics Ontario. The event is held to raise funds for children and adults with an intellectual disability by providing year-round sport training and competition.
In Sioux Lookout, the OPP also use the coordination of the torch run as an opportunity for the Constables who are new to town to meet some of the community. This year’s event on June 3 was coordinated by PC Deschamps and PC DeGagne.
Fresh Market Foods generously donated the food for a charity BBQ, which was fueled by propane donated by Rainbow Car Wash. Volunteers from Sacred Heart School and the Sioux Lookout OPP detachment came out on their Sunday morning to run the grill and sell Official 50-year anniversary T-Shirts, which are the same across the province.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is the movement’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. The Ontario Torch Run is part of a worldwide effort to engage law enforcement officers with their communities, promoting ideas of acceptance and inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities.
All of the funds raised through Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run events go directly into programs supporting local communities and athletes involved with Special Olympics Ontario.
Special Olympics Ontario provides sports training and competition for over 16,000 people with an intellectual disability. This year, the 2018 National Summer Game’s will be held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from July 31-Aug 4. Team Ontario will compete in 18 official sports. Funds raised through Torch Run initiatives help pay for athlete travel expenses, accommodations and meals for the games themselves, as well as supporting grants for new community programs.
Tax-Deductable Donations in support of this cause can still be made through the OPP detachment, or online at www.torchrunontario.com.