A total of 21 Special Olympians will be attending next month’s Summer Games in Vancouver compliments of the Toronto Police Service.
With generous donations amounting to $4,625 from the 52 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) annual barbecue, the Rotary Club of Toronto, and a private donation from a CPLC member in the Division, the $21,000 needed by Special Olympics Ontario to send the athletes to the Games was achieved.
The Games take place from July 8-12.
“We are absolutely overjoyed from a committee standpoint,” said Detective Michael Puterbaugh. “Every cent does count and the response from our Service members – active and retired – along with community members and our partners has been overwhelming. This donation has put us over the top and we are so happy that 21 Special Olympians will have the opportunity to be part of a major Games.”
Superintendent Dave McCormack, the 52 Division unit commander, said he’s not surprised by his officers’ generosity.
“Each year, we make a donation to a charity from the funds we raise from this community barbecue,” he said. “When we learned that money was needed to send some Special Olympians to British Columbia, we felt it was a great opportunity for us to be part of that effort. We are very thrilled to say we contributed because of the efforts of our officers, CPLC members, our sponsors and community partners.”
McCormack co-chairs the Division’s CPLC with communications manager Tim Kocur.
“Our goal is to assist this police Division to build relationships,” said Kocur. “We use the barbecue to bring the community together and also raise funds for a worthy cause. This year, some wonderful Special Olympians are the beneficiaries. It’s a great feeling.”
Greater Yorkville Residents Association president Gee Chung joined 52 Division members Inspector Glenn Holt, Staff Sergeant Kevin Suddes, Sergeant Richard Bobbis, Constable Mark Woo and Gloria Isaac-Gaba of Community Response Support at the presentation outside the station June 19.