Hundreds of Service members pounded the pavement to ensure that Special Olympians have a chance to compete.
The Toronto Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) looped around the downtown core, June 3, after an energetic warm-up at police headquarters.
“Today is about fun. Whenever you can utilize sports to promote inclusion, that is a good day in the city,” Chief Mark Saunders said.
The Senior Officers Organization gave $500, the Toronto Police Association and Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association each gave $5,000 and the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) donated $10,000, which was matched by the Bank of Montreal.
“The Special Olympics is a an exceptional and unique program founded on the belief that people with intellectual challenges can learn, enjoy and be empowered by participation in team sports,” TPSB member Councillor Chin Lee said. “I’m proud of all the Service members who put so much time and energy and passion into making this day an incredible success.”
Last year, Toronto was the top fundraiser with a $104,000 contribution. The Torch Run came to Canada in 1987, when Toronto Constable Lorne White organized the first event. In Ontario, $26 million has been raised since the inception of the run.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the most important fundraiser for Special Olympics, raising $50 million in 2014 worldwide.