The 23rd annual Law Enforcement Torch Run continued as sworn and civilian members of DRPS as well as OPP and RCMP members took part in the event on June 17. Participants carried the “Flame of Hope” throughout the Durham Region in support of the Special Olympics.
Officers and Olympians began their runs from Pickering and Newcastle and met finally at Brock and Dundas in downtown Whitby to continue their race together to the old 18 Division (Whitby). Boston Pizza, a great supporter of the Torch Run, provided food for the athletes after they completed their journey.
“It’s great to be out here supporting one of our main charities, the Special Olympics,” said Staff Sergeant Dean Bertrim. “It’s all about seeing the faces of the Olympians and helping raise money for their cause.”
The runners stopped for a couple of short ceremonies along the way. Frank’s No Frills in Whitby donated a cheque for $1186 and Councilor Shirley Scott from the Town of Whitby presented a donation from the Mayor’s Community Development Fund.
Each year, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raises approximately $1,000,000, all of which is donated help make the Special Olympics a successful event.
For more information on the Torch Run, please contact Staff Sergeant Karen Moloney at (905) 261-4000 or Staff Sergeant Dean Bertrim at (905) 261-4109 or visit the Law Enforcement Torch Run website.
Torch and Officer (JPG file, 42.5K bytes)
Whitby Councillor presents Olympian with cheque (JPG file, 182.7K bytes)
Participants continuing their run (JPG file, 171.0K bytes)