Torch run makes a splash

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Ath­letes, coaches and vol­un­teers from the Tri- Con Gen­tle Gi­ants Spe­cial Olympic team united with lo­cal RCMP and com­mu­nity mem­bers for the 2014 Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Spe­cial Olympics Law En­force­ment Torch Run (LETR) in Bay Roberts on July 20.

Sport­ing bright green shirts, the crowd made their way from the Beaver Plaza Mall to the Bay Arena for cel­e­bra­tions which in­cluded a bar­be­cue, ac­tiv­i­ties put on by the Town of Bay Roberts and the chance to ‘ Soak a Moun­tie’ in the dunk tank.

The first to take the plunge was Sgt. Greg Hicks, in full uni­form, fol­lowed by Bay Roberts Fire Chief Adam Nor­man.

“The RCMP Law En­force­ment Torch Run is an op­por­tu­nity for Spe­cial Olympians to cel­e­brate the in­cred­i­ble ac­com­plish­ments they have achieved in their games through­out the year,” said Const. Dan Sharpe, LETR or­ga­nizer, Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP. “Through the in­cred­i­ble sup­port and com­mit­ment of the Town of Bay Roberts, the Fire De­part­ment and lo­cal busi­nesses this an­nual event con­tin­ues to grow and is now a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort put forth by the en­tire com­mu­nity.”

The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion LETR is the largest Spe­cial Olympics club fundrais­ing event in the province as each year the Gen­tle Gi­ants sur­pass other NL clubs.

Last year alone they raised over $17,000 and this year they raised over $22,000. All pro­ceeds of the fundraiser go to­wards sup­port­ing the club’s ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year, in­clud­ing the provin­cial games which take place ev­ery July.

“Our ath­letes look for­ward to the LETR event all year for both the op­por­tu­nity to fundraise and to cel­e­brate. This event has grown so much in the past few years and the dunk tank has be­come the main at­trac­tion for the ath­letes,” said Gina Bishop, club co­or­di­na­tor, Tri- Con Gen­tle Gi­ants. “I would like to ex­tend a warm thank you to our ath­letes, or­ga­niz­ing vol­un­teers, RCMP, the Town of Bay Roberts, the town Fire De­part­ment, nu­mer­ous lo­cal busi­nesses who pro­vide gen­er­ous do­na­tions and com­mu­nity mem­bers who pledge their sup­port to our or­ga­ni­za­tion each year. None of this would be pos­si­ble with­out this col­lec­tive ef­fort.”

The Spe­cial Olympics LETR is an in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive with events held within com­mu­ni­ties through­out Canada by l aw en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

— Sub­mit­ted by Naomi Os­borne, com­mu­ni­ca­tions vol­un­teer, Trin­ity Con­cep­tion

Spe­cial Olympics LETR.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Mem­bers of the Tri Con Gen­tle Gi­ants Spe­cial Olympic team take part in the an­nual Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Spe­cial Olympic Law En­force­ment Torch Run in Bay Roberts on July 20.

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