PHOTO GALLERY: Brockville Torch Run

Recorder and Times
June 8, 2017

As she prepared to set out on Brockville’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Thursday morning, Stacey Campbell was nearly reduced to tears by pictures.

The Ontario Provincial Police constable, one of two zone coordinators for the torch run in the OPP’s East Region, was approached by one of the longtime Special Olympians the event benefits, a young woman who gave her pictures of the two of them together at various events over the years.

“This is why I do it,” Campbell said.

This year’s torch runs marked the 30th anniversary of the event, which has also seen three decades of friendships as provincial and municipal police forces across Ontario have adopted Special Olympics as their top fundraising cause.

“The runs typically are about the awareness that the athletes receive from the communities in which they live and participate,” said Campbell.

Some 30 people, including Special Olympians, police officers and students from St. Mary Catholic High School, took part in Thursday’s Brockville run, following a route from the Metro store on King Street West to the Home Hardware on Stewart Boulevard.  Brockville police chief Scott Fraser led a police escort, while participants collected donations along the route.

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