Torch Run delivers message of inclusion
By WENDY STEPHENS
THE Victoria Police Law Enforcement Torch Run came through Beechworth last Wednesday.
The run was to promote the importance of inclusion and acceptance of people with an intellectual disability, and to raise awareness of Special Olympic sporting opportunities for those people in Regional Victoria.
Indigo Shire mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor and Oscar Blundell from St Joseph’s Primary School, led a cauldron lighting ceremony in the Town Hall gardens.
Detective Inspector Matt Volk said the Law Enforcement Torch Run was a fantastic event which was important for raising awareness and helping people with an intellectual disability to feel supported and as a valued part of the community.
Special Olympics Victoria and Victoria Police members were joined by police from Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia to tour communities across regional Victoria.
The tour began at Victoria’s Parliament House and focused on major rural cities and smaller regional towns along the route from Melbourne to Wodonga between September 17 and 21.
At Beechworth the Torch Run commenced at 2pm from the Anglican Church and headed to the Town Hall gardens.