Sunday, September 19, 2010

Local Law Enforcement Supports Special Olympics in Nanaimo

The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities opportunities to enrich their lives and celebrate personal achievement through positive sport experiences.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is an international movement that raises over $30 US million each year for Special Olympics in countries around the world. Law enforcement personnel raise funds by participating in Torch Runs and other innovative fundraising events.

British Columbia’s Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of the most successful and creative Torch Run programs in Canada, with law enforcement personnel raising funds and awareness through events. Since 1990, the BC LETR has raised over $2 million for Special Olympics BC.

The Nanaimo RCMP detachment support the program by putting on the 'FREE the FUZZ' roof sit this past weekend in the parking lot in front of Wal Mart at Woodgrove Centre.

The event provided a variety of fun family events including a live concert Friday night with Chevy Ray and the Fins, bouncy castle for the kids sponsored by Scott Parker of REMAX, face painting by Jobs Daughters. In addition the RCMP put on some special displays including the Emergency Response Team, police dog services, the bike squad, forensic ID and the marine section.

To raise funds for the special olympics, local force members offered the public the opportunity to 'dunk a Mountie' and Cst. Norm Smith spent an incredible 48 hours on a scissor lift starting from 5:00pm Friday until 5:00 pm Sunday. Donations were received by Norm in a can attached to a rope which he used to haul donations up to his roof top perch.

Sunday was a sports day where people could try their skills against the Nanaimo Clippers and the Raiders football team.

While the weather could have been more co-operative a good time was had by all with the community effort going to support a great cause.

A Mountie takes a Dunk for the cause.
Cst. Norm Smith takes donations during his 48 hr. roof sit.
Jobs Daughters paints the kids faces.
The ERT displays were a hit with young and old.


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