What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run?
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is an international run by law enforcement officers to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. Originating in Kansas, it now exists in every province, every state of the United States and in over 35 countries. Witchita, Kansas police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw an urgent need to raise funds for and increase awareness of Special Olympics. He conceived the idea for the Torch Run as a way to involve local law enforcement personnel with the community and with Special Olympics. After three years of successful runs in Kansas, Amnion presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. With the international Association of Chiefs of Police enthusiastic support and leadership, the Torch Run expanded into seven states by 1985, 43 stated by 1986 and all 50 states and several countries by 1987.
Now past its 25th year in Newfoundland & Labrador law enforcement is responsible for making a tremendous impact on Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador. Over 400 officers, civilian employees, their families & friends raise monies in their local communities. These volunteers of the Torch Run are honoured to carry the torch in their local community through fulfilling the mission of the LETR.
Agencies raise funds in a variety of ways, but the majority sell our LETR shirts and collect pledges. These funds account for the majority of our revenue, however the shirts account for most of our expenses. Other fundraising efforts center on special events like the Polar Plunge, Walks, and a variety of other events. Growth will come from new volunteers, increased commitment from our current volunteers and focus on sponsorships. Since in inception the NL LETR has raised in excess of $1,000,000 for SONL.
The Torch Run is managed by a volunteer group of committed law enforcement individuals, many of who have been members since it’s inception. The mission of the committee is simple: to raise funds to help sustain Special Olympics programming needs.
The 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run Week will be from June 3 – June 10. Many provincial runs will take place within this week; but runs may occur at any time throughout the year based on community needs. You can support the LETR by donating online here!
On Sunday November 1, 2015 The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) NL hosted their annual Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics NL. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge is the LETR’s most daring fundraising event. Individuals, alongside law enforcement volunteers experienced heartwarming and bone chilling extremes as they took the plunge into icy NL waters while raising funds for Special Olympics. Everyone was “Freezin’ for a Reason” ! In 2016, we want YOU to help us raise funds for the 600 plus Special Olympics Athletes in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The LETR is recruiting individuals to participate, help raise money and share the excitement of the Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge will take place on Sunday, November 6th at the Rotary Sunshine Park, Thorburn Road St. John’s. Participants who raise $100 or more in donations from friends, family and co-workers get the privilege to jump into the icy waters and a t-shirt. If you raise $200 you will also get a snazzy Polar Plunge toque.
Thank you for your interest and willingness to support the life-changing programs of Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Committee
A critical ingredient to our success is support from all areas of law enforcement. The Torch Run is open to all law enforcement personnel, their families’ & friends.
To further the Special Olympics’ philosophy, law enforcement will carry the Torch representing the “Flame Of Hope” and dedicate itself to the goals of continually increasing awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes.
Torch Run Objective
The objectives of the Newfoundland & Labrador Law Enforcement Torch Run are:
o To increase public awareness of Special Olympics
o To raise funds for Special Olympics
o To create a sense of commitment within the local law enforcement agencies through province wide community programs that will contribute to the quality of life in our communities