LETHBRIDGE: A group of local police officers will soon run more than 100 kilometres through tough mountain terrain to raise money for the Special Olympics. Six police constables will each run a lap of up to 38 kilometres in the annual race, one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the charity.
"The law enforcement torch run is the number one fundraiser for Special Olympics," said Cst. Blaine Stodolka at a media event Thursday. "If it wasn't for this fundraiser, Special Olympians wouldn't be able to participate in a lot of sport. That's why it's so important to us." Stodolka is participating for the first time in the run, but he's been aware of the event - and its main charity - for many years. Special Olympics Alberta offers sports programs in more than 30 communities throughout the province for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and is considered a "charity of choice" for law enforcement. This year, each of the officers on the marathon team set to tackle the "Sinister Seven" race have committed to raising $500.
"It gives me such inner joy and such inner pleasure to see these athletes participating in something so worthwhile," said Stodolka of his experience attending Special Olympics events. "And it's just a sport! It's something so simple. I find that if I can do a little something so that they can feel good about themselves, and part of a community, then that's why I want to do it." To donate, you can phone Cst. Trevor Sheppard at 403-635-3553 or Cst. Blaine Stodolka at 403-892-3911. You can also go to www.specialolympics.ab and click on the "donate" button and indicate you'd like to contribute to the "Sinister Seven" run. Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 3/11/2014 4:06:18 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo courtesy of LRPS: Cst. Trevor Sheppard takes a break during last year's run