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.

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