Celebrating its 30th year in Ontario, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was represented by athletes and DRPS members, volunteers and supporters running just under six kilometres on Thursday in Whitby.
Starting at Pringle Creek Market Foodland, the runners carried the Flame of Hope south to Dundas Street, headed east to Brock Street North finishing at Regional Headquarters for a special ceremony commemorating the event.
The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Worldwide annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the "Flame of Hope" symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Since its humble beginnings in 1987, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $35,000,000 and changed millions of attitudes.
All funds raised through Torch Run events are used towards community programs, athlete training and numerous expenses associated with holding the Special Olympics. The development of Special Olympics Ontario is directly related to the success of the Torch Run.
Thank you to the following Torch Run supporters for contributing to this remarkable program:
Durham Region Transit
Joe's No Frills, White Oaks
Pringle Creek Market Foodland, Whitby
Region of Durham
Tribute Communities Centre
Flame of Hope in Whitby (JPG file, 512.8K bytes)
Torch Run Team (JPG file, 1,930.9K bytes)
Foodland Donates $500 (JPG file, 1,874.1K bytes)
The Torch is Lit! (JPG file, 2,193.3K bytes)
Running Into Regional Headquarters (JPG file, 1,425.1K bytes)