The Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics began yesterday in Punta Gorda. The torch is taken around the country by police and other law enforcement officers in an effort to garner special attention to children with disabilities. Here once again is our Toledo correspondent, Paul Mahung.
Paul Mahung, Toledo Correspondent, Love FM News: “Special Olympics Belize’s Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Punta Gorda and to other communities in Belize. Sunday morning’s departure of the torch run began at 6:30 am at PG Central Park and exited the municipality along with the lighted Flame of Hope through the main street linking to Punta Gorda/San Antonio Road and the southern highway. The coordinator of the law enforcement torch run Corporal Aaron Ferguson spoke to Love News just before departing Punta Gorda.
Cpl Aaron Ferguson, Law Enforcement Torch Run Coordinator: “This initiative started back in 2012 and since the the law enforcement agencies have been taking the Flame of Hope around the country raising awareness and bringing money to persons with intellectual disabilities. This year, Sunday December 1 the Flame of Hope will be departing Punta Gorda town then onto into intermediate southern formation then into Placencia. On Monday December 2nd the Flame of Hope leaves Dangriga and onto Belmopan whereby the Flame of Hope then moves to San Ignacio then onto Benque Viejo town then back to Belize City. Thereafter the Flame of Hope will be making it’s way to San Pedro thereafter Corozal then into Orange Walk and onto Belize City again where the Flame of Hope will be taken onto the Marion Jones Sporting Complex whereby we will be commemorating the national games for Special Olympics Belize. We ask of the community to kindly come out in support of the initiative because this initiative will go a long was as it relates to helping and supporting persons with intellectual disabilities. Come on out and we definitely want you to chant along the runners and we want for you to definitely drop funds, that goes a long way as it relates to assisting those persons that will be participating in the national games for training and other expenses incurred during the national games 2019. So again we ask of each and every person to come out as we reach your jurisdiction come out in support, cheer on the runner and also come and you can support by running and mainly the contributions. The law enforcement torch run’s mission statement it to bring awareness to persons with intellectual disabilities.”
In connection with the event a special welcome ceremony for participants of Special Olympics Belize’s Law Enforcement Torch Run was held Saturday night at the PG Central Park with motivational remarks by members of the torch run coordinating committee.