Torch Run de­liv­ers mes­sage of in­clu­sion

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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