DRPS members, volunteers and civilians recently joined together to carry the “Flame of Hope” through North Durham for the 24th annual Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Beginning in Beaverton, the Flame of Hope travelled through North Durham before finishing in Port Perry. The Torch Run is held in support of Canada’s Special Olympic athletes on their journey to the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens.
“Once again, our communities in North Division have shown great support for Special Olympics Ontario,” said S/Sgt. Jim Griepsma, a DRPS Torch Run organizer. “Thanks to all the people and communities who donated to the cause as we raised more than $3,500.”
Maggie Davison, owner of the Port Perry CARQUEST at 139 Queen Street, provided a barbeque for runners at the finish line with food provided by Sobey’s, No Frills and the Trading Post. Other business also donated time and money to the cause, including Captain George’s Fish and Chips who participated in the Torches for Toonies campaign and Terry Vos of Vos Independent Groceries who presented a donation of more than $2,200 following the run’s conclusion.
Come out and show your support on June 23 when Chief Mike Ewles and Deputy Chief Scott Burns run in the South Durham Torch Run. A brief ceremony will be held at noon at Durham Regional Headquarters in Whitby to commence the run, and thank our many supporters.
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DRPS members and supporters in the North Run (JPG file, 260.8K bytes)
Runners take a break at the finish line (JPG file, 450.6K bytes)