Revved Up for Special Olympics World Games

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 3:34 p.m. September 7, 2018

Pickering resident Raimund Zyvatkauskas is the winner of a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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Sergeant Jeff Redden reads the name of the winner as selected by Special Olympian Callum Denault as Detective Sergeant Warren Wilson looks on
  • A man in TPS uniform with two other men in front of motorcycles
  • Five men with an oversized cheque

Purchased at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, his ticket was among 5,000 sold to benefit Special Olympics Ontario.

A total of $90,000 was raised from this year’s event that will go towards the Special Olympics Ontario World Invitational Youth Games in Toronto next May. 

Toronto Police Service is the official Games’ host.

The raffle was organized by Traffic Services in conjunction with the Great Lakes Police Motorcycle Training Seminar.

“Four years ago, the Kingston Police Service raffled off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on behalf of law enforcement,” said Sgt. Jeff Redden. “The majority of the tickets were, however, sold in Toronto at various bike shows, so we figured we might as well organize it.”

Prior to this year, Traffic Services sold 2,500 tickets annually.

“For this year, we decided to get a bigger bike and sell more tickets,” Redden added. “The cost of a ticket was $20 and the price of three tickets was $50.”

The 2018 Harley-Davidson 93 horsepower Street Glide is equipped with the new Milwaukee 107 engine. The price tag is $27,000.

Special Olympian Callum Denault, who started swimming before moving into basketball and track & field, drew the winning ticket.

“I am honoured to be asked to do this and it’s quite exciting to have the World Games in Toronto,” he said.

A total of 2,500 athletes from around the world will take part in the World Games from May 14-17.

The Games budget is $5 million.

Cody Jansma, the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run business development director, said the money raised through the raffle is a big boost for the Games.

“The tickets were sold out months in advance and a significant sum of money has been raised,” he said. “This is Special Olympics 50th anniversary and we chose Toronto specifically for the Games because the Torch Run emerged right here in Toronto.”

Retired Chief Jack Marks and Constable Lorne White organized the inaugural Torch Run in Canada, in 1987, that brought together runners from 36 law enforcement agencies. They covered nearly 900 kilometres before lighting the flame at Varsity Arena to kick off the International Floor Hockey tournament. 

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