Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Inspiring fall fundraising with the BC LETR

24 November 2016

This fall has been full of fun with Law Enforcement Torch Run events supporting Special Olympics BC.

Cranbrook RCMP members and SOBC athletes joined members of their community for the Cranbrook Torch Run on September 25. Forty enthusiastic participants took part in the run/walk, which was followed by a barbecue celebrating SOBC – Kimberley/Cranbrook’s 30th anniversary.

Cranbrook RCMP Constable Lisa Schlatter played a big part in organizing the Cranbrook Torch Run and said the day was a lot of fun, including sport displays, a dunk tank, a raffle, and registration for SOBC – Kimberley/Cranbrook. Cst. Schlatter even got a chance to cool down after the run by taking a turn in the dunk tank.

On October 15, Golden RCMP and B.C. Conservation Officer Service members came together for the Golden Torch Run. Constable Colleen Lowing of the Golden RCMP said the event had a great turnout with more than 50 people running or walking the five-kilometre route.

Cst. Lowing said an “emotional and inspiring” aspect of the event was Golden RCMP Constable Robyn Diddams running with the name tag of RCMP Constable Amber Brunner, who was recently injured in the line of duty near Golden.

Pictured at right: Cst. Lowing, Constable Alex Desjardins of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, and SOBC – Golden Local Coordinator Marie-Helene Labonte at the Golden Torch Run.

Members of the Prince George RCMP, Prince George Fire Rescue, BC Corrections, and B.C. Sheriff Services teamed up with SOBC – Prince George athletes and the Prince George Cougars for the LETR Skate on November 3. The event saw participants skate with Prince George Cougars players on the ice at CN Centre or walk/jog around the arena. The LETR Skate also included a delicious barbecue set up by Prince George Fire Rescue members.

The Prince George Cougars honoured the LETR movement and SOBC at their home game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on November 2. In a particularity memorable moment, SOBC – Prince George athletes and LETR members joined the players on the ice for the national anthem. More than 30 SOBC – Prince George athletes and volunteers attended the game.

During the game, LETR members and SOBC – Prince George athletes Marinka VanHage and Barbie Conway sold raffle and chuck-a-puck tickets. The LETR members were very impressed by VanHage and Conway’s ticket-selling skills.

Pictured above right: SOBC – Prince George athletes had a great time with Prince George Cougars players at the LETR Skate.

Thank you to all the LETR members, SOBC athletes, and supporters who contributed to the success of these fall fundraising events.

Read about the 2016 Lower Mainland Torch Run and June’s inspiring LETR events on Vancouver Island.

LETR champions gathered at the College of the Rockies for the Cranbrook Torch Run.

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