Run Funds Inspiring Athletes

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 10:57 a.m. June 9, 2017

Service members and community partners rallied once again in support of Special Olympics athletes taking to the streets for the 20th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 8.

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Torch Run participants take the lead from Special Olympics athletes down Yonge St.

Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle thanked Service members for their excellent fundraising and enduring commitment to  Special Olympics Ontario.

“I am proud of the Service members who have put so much time, energy, passion and commitment to making today such a great success,” said Pringle. “The spirit of cooperation and partnership is a central theme to this event and there is so much to be said about the power of partnerships. When we combine our efforts and our energies together, we can make a powerful and significant contribution to this hugely worthwhile cause.”

The Board donated $5,000.

Toronto Police Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics 2017

Deputy Chief Mike Federico acknowledged the Special Olympics athletes who participated in the run and walk.

“You are an inspiration and example of community service and in your own way, you help keep our community safe by being part of a cause that helps so many more than just our local constituents,” he said. “By taking part and raising funds for the torch run and Special Olympics, you are not only benefitting yourselves as individuals who enjoy the event, but you are actually generating a real sense of generosity and community compassion.”

The Torch Run is the major fundraiser for Special Olympics Ontario, a registered charitable organization that provides fitness, recreation and competitive programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The Senior Officers Association donated $500, the Toronto Police Association made a $5,000 donation and the Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association contributed $6,000. Also making donations were the Credit Union who presented a cheque for $500 and CIBC and the Bank of Montreal who donated $2,500 and $10,000 respectively.

A group of people in matching t-shirts raising their hands in unison
Timothy Finlay warms up participants before they set on their run

Nearly 300 people took part in the run.

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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Deputy Chief Mike Federico lights the Torch Run flames heading out for the walk and run
Four men holding a large cheque
Special Olympics Ontario Director Chris Lewis and President & CEO Glenn MacDonell with Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle and Deputy Chief Mike Federico celebrating a $5,000 donation
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