Brockville – The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics Ontario made its way through various local communities last week.
On Thursday the Torch Run was held in Prescott, Kemptville & Merrickville, while on Friday, it was held in Gananoque and Brockville.
In Brockville it started out from the Metro parking lot at 11:30am and wrapped up at the Home Hardware for a BBQ. It featured Special Olympics athletes, members from Brockville Police, Leeds County OPP, Brockville Jail and many others.
The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known honourably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. 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 first Law Enforcement Torch Run in Canada was held in 1987 and generated $100,000 in funds with the participation of Law Enforcement personnel from Southern Ontario. Nationally, the run has become an annual event in ten provinces and the Northwest Territories. In Ontario alone, in excess of $35 million has been raised, establishing it as one of the most profitable Torch Run relationships in the world.