Torch Run Newsletter                                             November 2016

Tim Hortons Announced as Special Olympics Canada Platinum Sponsor

Special Olympics Canada is pleased to announce Tim Hortons as its newest Platinum National Partner, proudly joining 25 other partners of the Special Olympics Movement in Canada.

"We're thrilled that Tim Hortons has signed as a Platinum National Partner with Special Olympics Canada," says Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada. "It is an honour to have such an iconic Canadian brand supporting the movement. Tim Hortons' support will help provide greater resources for Special Olympics in communities across the country so more athletes and families can benefit from the transformative power of sport. I am delighted to officially welcome Tim Hortons to the Special Olympics Family."

Tim Hortons' support will directly benefit Special Olympics Canada's child and youth programs, Active Start and FUNdamentals; in addition, Tim Hortons will serve as an official sponsor of Special Olympics Team Canada as the team begins their journey to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in March. Tim Hortons will also provide support to Special Olympics twelve Provincial and Territorial Chapters across the country and for the 2018 National Summer Games taking place in Nova Scotia.

"Tim Hortons is a proud sponsor of sports for children and youth in all communities that we serve," says David Clanachan, President and COO, Tim Hortons Canada. "We believe that the goal of sports is to have fun, encourage physical activity and build teamwork. We are excited to support Special Olympic athletes and families, and we celebrate the tremendous work that Special Olympics Canada does every day to help spread inclusivity, compassion and understanding through sport."

As one of North America's largest quick service restaurants, Tim Hortons will help bring more awareness to Special Olympics in Canada. Through the Tims TV network and other assets, Canadians will learn about the inspiring abilities of those with an intellectual disability and how to get involved in Special Olympics' world-class community and competitive programs across the country.
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Torch Run Ontario Shines on International Stage

The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run (OLETR) had 20 members represent the program at the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on September 15-17, 2016.

Diamond Award 

The OLETR was presented with the Diamond Award for raising in excess of $1,000,000 in 2015.  The OLETR announced revenues of $1.9 million and this represents the 8th year in a row the program has exceeded the $1 million mark and won the Diamond Award.
Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who contributed to this prestigious milestone!

Guardians of the Flame Miners Lamp Escort -Cst. Adam Young, Windsor Police Service

Each year at Conference, a select few delegates are chosen to participate in the highly acclaimed Guardians of the Flame Miners Lamp Honour Guard which is featured in each of the six general sessions throughout the week.  Constable Adam Young from the Windsor Police Service was selected to represent Ontario to carry the Miners Lamp into the Opening Ceremonies.

Congratulations on a job well done, Cst. Young!
 Truck Convoy Raises $84,000

2016 marked the first year the World's Largest Truck Convoy hosted multiple events in Ontario and it was a SUCCESS!  In total, 102 Trucks raised $84,000 for Special Olympics.  THANK YOU all Drivers, Sponsors and Volunteers for this incredible result.
Thank you to Event Coordinators Don Dunphy and Tammy Blackwell for their tireless dedication and commitment to the Convoy.  No event of this magnitude can happen without an army of committee members and volunteers and we thank you ALL!  In addition, we thank all of our Law Enforcement Officers who helped escort this year's Convoy!

1st Annual GTA Convoy - 29 Trucks, $17,000 Raised

1st Toronto-Area Convoy for Special Olympics Draws 29 trucks

It was a rainy, gloomy, humid, miserable Saturday in Brampton, but that wasn't enough to chase away the radiant smiles and bright spirits of the Special Olympians gathered at the Powerade Centre and the truckers who were there to support them.

Lead truck driver Sauch Khannd of Excel Transportation

The event was the first-ever World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics to be held in the Greater Toronto Area, run concurrently with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics sponsored by Peel Regional Police. The event, traditionally held only in Paris, Ont., will also be run in its usual location next weekend.

"Drivers wanted to have a closer place to come as opposed to going to Paris," said convoy organizer Don Dunphy. "Peel Police said 'We'll host it and bring it to the GTA'."

Read the entire article HERE

1 2th Annual Paris Convoy - 73 Trucks, $67,000 Raised

A Sincerely Special Convoy

It's convoy season in Ontario - and one of the longest standing convoys in southern Ontario rolled down Hwy. 401 this weekend for a good cause.
The 12th annual World's Largest Convoy in support of Special Olympics Ontario kicked off in Paris, Ontario on September 17 and lived up to its reputation as being one of the more heartwarming trucking events of the year.

The convoy is unique from others in that drivers who raise money for Special Olympics Ontario to participate in the convoy, get paired up with a Special Olympics athlete who rides in the truck with them for the 120 km trek from Paris to London, Ontario and back. And from the time the athletes walk through the doors of the Paris Fairgrounds to meet their driver partners, it's all smiles - from the drivers, volunteers and the athletes themselves.

"The truck drivers are so sincere," said Kaitlyn Lindensmith, a district develpoer for Special Olympics Ontario. "As soon as they walk in here they're beaming and they're so excited to be partnered up with an athlete. They come here and they tell us about how they remember the athlete they had ride with them years ago in the convoy."

Read the entire article HERE
Correctional Services Update

The most recent class of Correctional Services graduates at the Ontario Correctional Services College (OCSC) have officially set a new Torch Run record for most funds raised with over $6,600!  Thank you to all involved for raising much needed funds and awareness for Special Olympics Ontario.

The class raised funds in many different fundraisers including: 5km Torch Run, T-Shirt Sales, NFL Pool and ICIT Hero Bears. We thank OCSC for continually pushing the LETR and Special Olympics events at all intakes and for being true  Guardians of the Flame !  
Great Lakes Police Motorcycle Training Seminar (GLPMTS) Raises $30,000 

Kingston Police hosted the GLPMTS over four days in August of this year. The event aimed to enhance the motorcycle riding skills of the law enforcement officers participating, while also allowing the public to see those skills demonstrated.

This year's event took place in the parking lot of the Cataraqui Centre and, like many of the other events Kingston Police have hosted this year as part of their 175th anniversary celebrations, all funds were raised to support a charity of choice. Kingston Police announced that charity as Special Olympics Ontario.

Kingston Police Chief Gilles Larochelle expressed gratitude to all of the volunteers and the sponsors that made the GLPMTS such a success. Funds were raised through donations, generous sponsors and a raffle, which Larochelle pointed out as a major aspect of the fundraising.

"I'll take the opportunity to thank Motorsports Plus Kingston for the motorcycle that they donated. With that motorcycle, we were able to raise some substantial funds again for the Special Olympics," Larochelle said, noting that the event would not have been possible without the community volunteers that stepped up to help organize, specifically those with the Kingston Police Community Volunteers.

Const. Rick Hough, project lead and co-chair of this year's GLPMTS echoed Larochelle's sentiments, also noting his colleagues for their outstanding support.

"I would also like to thank the members of my unit, the core unit and in specific the traffic unit," Hough said.

"Without the help of the officers that we work with on a daily basis, we would not have been able to hold this event, and that's part of everything that we do. It's a team approach, and that team also includes engaging with our community to host events like this to help support organizations like the Special Olympics Ontario."

With that, Kingston Police revealed the giant cheque of $30,000 for Special Olympics Ontario, all of which was raised through the GLPMTS.
Honeymoon Suite Concert Raises Money for LETR and Special Olympics

Rock band Honeymoon Suite hosted a concert on September 24th in Peterborough with funds benefiting local charities including the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

We thank Michael Richardson (Cobourg Police), Tammy Staples (Port Hope Police), Andrew Burdett (Peterborough Police) and Ted Farr (Central East Corrections) for organizing this amazing event for the LETR for Special Olympics!
It's Polar Plunge Season - Are you BRRR-ave Enough to Plunge?

Over $850,000 Raised since 2013 in Polar Plunges!

Please visit to see a list of over 15 Plunges in Ontario this Winter.  Registration and Plunge Info will be updated soon.

Interested in hosting a Polar Plunge in your community this Winter?  Please contact the Torch Run Manager 

Special Olympics School Championship Qualifiers

Barrie Police Host Special Olympics Event

About 50 Special Olympics athletes from four Barrie high schools battled it out Friday in the School Championship Track and Field Qualifier.   
The athletes were greeted with high fives from student and teacher volunteers, several Barrie Police Officers including Chief of Police Kimberly Greenwood, Deputy Chief Bruce Carlson, Blue the force mascot and Paul Rozario, District Marshall from the Knights of Columbus.

"We are proud sponsors of the Special Olympics," said Rozario.  "It's an honour to be here with them.  They are all champions."
"I see some phenomenal looking athletes here," said Chief Greenwood before she joined the athletes in their warm-up runs and stretches.

The event was held at St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School on Yonge Street.
It's the first Special Olympics track and field event in Barrie and the second qualifying event this year.   The schools represented were St. Joe's, St. Peter's, Bear Creek and Nouvelle-Alliance.
Students from St. Peter's presented Chief Greenwood with a donation of more than $1,700 for Special Olympics that students raised through dress-down days and popcorn sales.

64 School Championship Qualifiers will take place from October - May across the Province and almost ALL events will be supported/attended by local LETR Officers. View the whole schedule 
Exciting new sports APP to benefit Special Olympics


In a few weeks, an exciting new sports app will be released and will benefit Special Olympics Ontario.  The more downloads and plays means more money for SOO!
The Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics Ontario is assisting with the release of an exciting new smartphone app that will be available in a couple of weeks for sports fans. It's a game you can play in real-time with the game you're watching on TV or in person. It's free to download and free to play. 

We are looking  for people to preregister for the app and be one of the first to test and play when it's launched. Could I get you to be one of these people? Below is a link to preregister. Special Olympics Ontario benefits from every download and the playing of the game and if the GAME is a hit, you'll be enjoying and helping support Special Olympics at the same time.  
Please pre-register today and forward this message and link to friends and family so they don't miss out on this opportunity. 
Please use the custom link below to pre-register:
Note: Special Olympics Ontario's unique code is:  SOOntario
Provincial Torch Run Workshop
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July 13, 2017
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