‘Flame of Hope’, the symbol of the Special Olympics, is to be carried through the streets of Adelaide today and Naracoorte tomorrow to support the National Special Olympic Games.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a world-wide charitable movement with more than 85,000 police officers in 120 run programs across 55 countries involved who aim to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics is a not for profit organisation that provides year round Olympic type sporting events for children and adults with an intellectual disability.
To celebrate the National Special Olympic Games held in Victoria later this month and to recognise the Special Olympic athletes representing South Australia, the ‘Flame of Hope’ will be run through the streets of Adelaide and Naracoorte culminating in a lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron at the end of each run. The ‘Flame of Hope’ will eventually complete its journey at the opening ceremony of the National Special Olympic Games by lighting the Games Cauldron signifying the start of the Games.
This year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run event is set to have more than 70 police officers ranging from cadets to commissioned officers, as guardians of the ‘Flame of Hope’, running with more than 40 Special Olympic athletes.
“Nationally there are over 650,000 people registered as having an intellectual disability. These people face extraordinary challenges every day in completing some basic tasks we take for granted. The Law Enforcement Torch Run provides an opportunity for Police to connect with these valued members of our community, to raise awareness of the important role of the Special Olympics movement and ultimately, giving these courageous people their time to shine. These LETR ‘Flame of Hope’ events will be a fun and loud spectacle with big broad smiles on the Special Olympic Athletes and police faces. It would be great to see people cheering them on.” said Chief Inspector Scott Allison.
Today, Wednesday 15 October, the ‘Flame of Hope’ will be run from Adelaide Oval at 11.30am along King William Road, Angas Street and Wakefield Street to the finish at Victoria Square just after midday.
On Thursday 16 October, the ‘Flame of Hope’ will start at TafeSA on Pethick Street, Naracoorte at 1.30pm and wind its way along the streets, ending at the Memorial Park Fountain, just after 2pm.