Running for a good cause
Bay Roberts RCMP torch run raises money for Special Olympics
Athletes with the Tri Con Gentle Giants Special Olympics Club partnered with the Trinity Conception RCMP for the Trinity Conception Bay Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) on July 6.
Various members of the community joined the two groups when the run got underway at the Beaver Plaza Mall in Bay Roberts.
Moving up the so-called “Golden Mile,” along the Conception Bay Highway, the group concluded its run at the Bay Arena, where there was a barbeque, amongst other celebrations.
Although the torch run is an international event, there are many communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador that combine with their local RCMP to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.
“Supporting the Special Olympics is an important role of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Tri-con Gentle Giants train and compete throughout the year and this is our way of showing appreciation for their dedication,” said RCMP Const. Daniel Sharpe.
The Trinity Conception Bay torch run is the largest fundraising event for the Tri Con Gentle Giants.
With a total of 40 athletes, this year alone the club raised over $17,000.
The funds go towards supporting the club’s activities throughout the year, including the provincial games taking place in St. John’s and Mount Pearl on July 18-21. The athletes will be testing their skills in swimming, athletics and bowling.
“The LETR is the club’s major fundraiser. Athletes have an opportunity to raise money to support athletic programming that meets both their physical and social needs,” said Gina Bishop, Gentle Giants club co-ordinator. “I would like to extend a warm thank you to the athletes, organizing volunteers and members of the community who have pledged their support to our organization this year! We couldn’t do it without you!”
Torch run shirts are also being sold at various locations in the province, including Motor Vehicle Registration in Harbour Grace. Sales of these shirts will only add to the fundraising already done by athletes.
In a unique bid to draw customers, Max Warren dressed as Santa and displayed a sign outside the recreation centre.