NEW GLASGOW – Local supporters of the Special Olympics are elated with the 25th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch walk and run for Special Olympics that was celebrated Thursday by members of local police services.
“We have always had a great relationship with the LETR and their help and assistance in raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics on the 25th Anniversary of their involvement with Special Olympics is a true testament to their support,” said Cathy Mason on behalf of Special Olympics Northern Regions.
Various police forces around the province organized runs in partnership with similar events across Canada. The original event was launched in Toronto in 1987.
The local run followed presentations to Special Olympics Northern Regions as well as two other designated charities, during the Dragon Boat Society’s reception and awards gathering on Oct. 17 in New Glasgow.
The Special Olympics share of the $160,000 total raised during this year’s Race on the River Festival was $44,000.
“We are so thankful to the many paddlers who earned pledges to raise this money and extremely thankful to the Race On the River organizing committee, as well as the many volunteers who made this event the success that it was,” Mason said. “These funds will help three regions be able to cover registration costs for the athletes to attend the games, transport for our athletes to attend the games and uniforms and equipment as well. We are able to provide more sport programs for more athletes due to the funds received from this event.”
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.
Operating year-round in all Canadian provinces and territories except Nunavut, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes and build communities. There are more than 35,000 children and adults with an intellectual disability registered in Special Olympics programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 17,100 volunteers, including more than 13,500 trained coaches.