Wimmera Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise disability awareness
Wimmera communities will host a Law Enforcement Torch Run next week to raise awareness of Special Olympics Victoria and the opportunities it provides for people living with intellectual disabilities.
The torch run also highlights Victoria Police involvement and support for people living with a disability.
Victorian Law Enforcement Torch Run, LETR, president Senior Sergeant Michael Olsen said his organisation was pleased to present a roadshow in regional locations.
“In partnership with Law Enforcement Torch Run Victoria, Special Olympics Victoria will run a series of events in regional Victorian towns,” he said.
“These include sports ‘come-and-try’ clinics and a torch run, where local community members will have the opportunity to run with the ‘flame of hope’.”
The torch run will visit Ararat, Horsham, Dimboola, Warracknabeal, Mildura and Echuca from April 26 to 29.
Snr Sgt Olsen said LETR had invited students from special and mainstream schools, along with those being helped by disability support services such as Cooinda and Woodbine, to be involved in activities throughout the Wimmera.
“The LETR and Special Olympics Victoria hope the torch run will become a yearly event across regional Victoria to highlight the needs of those living with intellectual disability and to promote a message of inclusion, opportunity and respect,” he said.
“We will also engage with local government authorities, sporting clubs, specialist schools and community organisations, with a view to establishing a foundation for ongoing support of people with an intellectual disability in the areas.”
Hindmarsh Mayor Debra Nelson said Dimboola was lucky to be included in the route for this year’s Special Olympics torch run.
“We as a community can show our support by lining the main street and cheering on the law enforcement team and local shire representatives in the run,” she said.
The run will start at Dimboola Police Station at 9am and make its way to the town’s library.
“I would love to see as many community members support this special event and talk to each other about how we as a community can support, include and encourage people of all abilities in our shire,” Cr Nelson said.
She warned residents that traffic conditions would be affected from 8.30am to 9.30am to ensure safety for the torch run.
Wimmera Law Enforcement Torch Run locations: Ararat, April 26, 10am to 1pm; Horsham, April 26, 2pm to 6pm; Dimboola, April 27, 9am to 9.30am; Warracknabeal, April 27, 10.15am to 1.15pm.
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Posted on Apr 19 2017