With the endorsement of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the first Law Enforcement Torch Run in Canada was held in 1987 and generated $100,000 in funds with the participation of Law Enforcement personnel from Southern Ontario. Nationally, the run has become an annual event in ten provinces and the Northwest Territories. In Ontario alone, in excess of $35 million has been raised, establishing it as one of the most profitable Torch Run relationships in the world.
The success and support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run over the years has been phenomenal. Since the Torch Run began its partnership with Special Olympics Ontario, the number of registered athletes has grown from under 4,000 to greater than 25,000 athletes today.
As a result, SOO can essentially look into the future with security and recognize that it is possible to continue to expand its services to the increasing number of athletes.
To hold successful Law Enforcement Torch Run Events in every community in Ontario.
For the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run Events to become the fundraising arm of Special Olympics Ontario, thus allowing staff and volunteers to focus primarily on the athletes.
1) To raise funds for Special Olympics Ontario
2) To increase public awareness of Special Olympics Ontario
3) To involve Law Enforcement personnel in a community base, province wide program
4) To set up community partnerships with sponsors, Special Olympics volunteers and local supporters, with a shared vision – helping athletes.