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  Carrying the Torch for Special Olympics

Jun 11, 2010 23:44 ET

Dozens of Special Olympians, members of DRPS, OPG members, R.C.M.P., O.P.P., and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services carried the ‘Flame of Hope’ across Durham Region in support of the Special Olympics. The 24th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run took place on June 8 (North Durham) and June 10 (South Durham).

The athletes began their runs in Pickering and Newcastle and met together at Brock and Dundas in Whitby to continue to the finish line at the Collision Reporting Centre (across from Regional Headquarters) in Whitby.

As strong supporters of Special Olympics, DRP would like to thank Car Quest, Red Lobster-Oshawa and Boston Pizzas all over the Durham Region who supplied snacks for the athletes as they ran and pizza at the finish line.

“I was very impressed with the amount of support from the community in this year's Torch Run,” said Co-ordinator Cst. Paul Hawrychuk “I would also like to thank all the DRP members who contributed to this event and made it a huge success.”

A huge congratulations goes out to Special Olympian Ryan Colpitts who went door-to-door and raised approximately $1,900 towards this great cause.

Each year, approximately $1,000,000 is raised for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. All the monies raised are used for community programs, athlete training and helping to make the event a success each year.

Below are attached files.
Ryan (JPG file, 51.7K bytes)
North Durham Run stopped at Community Living in Port Perry (JPG file, 350.5K bytes)
Participants continuing their run (JPG file, 362.4K bytes)
Members of our 2010 organizing committee , Cst. Wind, Cst. Daugharty, Supt. Chapman, Cst. Reti and Cst. Hawrychuck  (JPG file, 356.2K bytes)