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March 15, 2017

2017 COPS & CREPES

On March 11th and 12th, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta served up coffee and smiles in 14 Cora Breakfast and Lunch restaurants throughout Alberta raising over $47,000 for Special Olympics Alberta. More than half the funds raised were the result of generous donations from Cora patrons.

Cora Breakfast and Lunch restaurants were taken over by officers along with local Special Olympics athletes who happily served up hungry customers to raise funds and awareness. Over 120 law enforcement members partnered with 65 athletes province-wide to clear tables, greet customers and share inspiriting stories about Special Olympics.


March 14, 2017

2017 POLAR PLUNGE MEDICINE HAT

On March 11th Medicine Hat held its first ever Polar Plunge for Special Olympics! We had over 100 individuals register to brave the cold, raising over $18,000! We were honoured to have MP Glen Motz, Speaker Robert Wanner and Mayor Clugston join us to help kick off our first ever Plunge.

Thank you to all our sponsors: William Huff AdvertisingCity of Medicine Hat and SpaTacular Spas.


March 13, 2017

COPS, POPS & PIZZA CAMROSE

On March 10th Camrose held it’s first ever Cops, Pops & Pizza in support of Special Olympics.  Members of Camrose Police Service, Camrose Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services partnered with Special Olympics athletes to serve customers at Boston Pizza Camrose.  A huge thank you to all our Finest and Boston Pizza for helping to raise over $4,000 for Special Olympics!  A huge SHOUTOUT to all the servers that donated their tips!!


February 28, 2017

2017 POLAR PLUNGE CALGARY

On February 25th , Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics presented the Polar Plunge Calgary. 170 plungers braved the frigid waters of Arbour Lake while hundreds of spectators cheered them to plunge into icy glory. This year Calgary raised over $55,000 for Special Olympics Alberta including donations and sponsorships for the event.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: William Huff Advertising and Arbour Lake. Headline Plungers this year included: Calgary Stampeder Alex Singleton, Former Olympic Gymnast Kylie Stone, Calgary Police Service Deputy Chiefs Parhar, Cook, Ritchie and Robitaillie, Tsuu T’ina Police Chief Blake, and Calgary-Hawkwood MLA Michael Connolly.


February 8, 2017

2017 POLAR PLUNGE LETHBRIDGE

Way to go Polar Plunge Lethbridge! We had over 100 plungers show off their diving skills and rad costumes while raising over $23,000! Check out some cool coverage with Global Lethbridge http://globalnews.ca/…/dozens-take-a-dip-in-henderson-lake…/.

Thank you to all our sponsors: Sysco, Lay’s, Westech Sanitation Systems, McDonalds, Arctic Spas and Subaru of Lethbridge.


January 28, 2017

2017 POLAR PLUNGE EDMONTON

On January 22nd , Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics presented the Polar Plunge Edmonton. 245 plungers braved the frigid waters of Lake Summerside while hundreds of spectators cheered them to plunge into icy glory. This year Polar Plunge Edmonton raised over $77,000 for Special Olympics Alberta which includes donations and sponsorships for the event.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: William Huff Advertising, Bavaria BMW, Northwest Scuba, Lake Summerside, Brookfield Residential Edmonton, Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House, Fat Franks.

This exciting day had incredible plungers: Rick Mercer, Jamie Salé, CTV Edmonton‘s Rob Williams, 840 CFCW Sean Burke, CBC Edmonton‘s Mark Connolly, MLA Tany Yao, Alberta Sheriffs‘s Chief Lee Newton, Edmonton Police Service‘s Deputy Chief Brian Simpson, Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta Asst. Commissioner Marlin Degrand. Check out this year’s Plunge on the Rick Mercer Report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMwX6blnYFw&feature=youtu.be.


September 20, 2016

WORLD’S LARGEST TRUCK CONVOY – CALGARY 2016

Last weekend saw law enforcement join forces with the trucking industry to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics.  Over 60 trucks participated in a convoy that included Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement.  Over $10,000 was raised to assist in athletic programs throughout Alberta.  Thanks to all the Sponsors, law enforcement members and truck drivers that participated in this fun day!


June 20, 2016

FREE OUR FINEST – CALGARY 2016

Members of Law Enforcement wrapped up another successful Free Our Finest event on June 19th at Cabela’s Calgary , raising over $6,000 for Special Olympics programs in Alberta. Thank you to everyone that organized, participated in and supported this event! A huge shout out to all our FINEST!


June 20, 2016

PROVINCIAL RIDE – 2016

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run 500km Bike Ride for Special Olympics Alberta saw law enforcement officers cycling from Lethbridge, Grande Prairie and Calgary to Edmonton to help raise awareness and funds for people with intellectual disabilities.

Lethbridge Correctional Service, Alberta Sheriffs, Lethbridge Police Service, Animal Services, Blood Tribe Police and Taber Police Service pedaled 500km from Lethbridge. They stopped at Free Our Finest in Calgary on June 17 to meet the Grande Prairie law enforcement members then continued their journey to Free Our Finest in Edmonton South June 18.

Thank you to all the riders that raised over $30,000 for Special Olympics Alberta programs.  A big thank you to those that supported this event as well as the many sponsors.

 


June 20, 2016

FREE OUR FINEST – EDMONTON 2016

Members of Law Enforcement wrapped up another successful Free Our Finest event on June 19th at both Edmonton Cabela locations, raising $10,000 for Special Olympics programs in Alberta. Thank you to everyone that organized, participated in and supported this event!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

COPS & CREPES 2016

THANK YOU!

A huge shoutout to all the Cora’s restaurants in Edmonton, Calgary, Airdrie, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Okotoks, Red Deer and Sherwood Park that hosted Cops & Crepes 2016! Thanks to all their hard work, as well the participation of many Officers and Special Olympics Alberta athletes, over $50,000 was raised to help support programs throughout Alberta.  We look forward to working with all of you again next year.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Camrose first responders ready to raise funds, awareness for Special Olympics in 30 hour event

Special Olympics in Camrose is excited to be partnering again with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) to celebrate its third annual, Free Our Finest the weekend!

First responders from Camrose Police Services, Camrose Fire Department, Camrose County Protective Services, Camrose RCMP and AHS EMS Camrose will be sitting, eating, sleeping and even dancing on scaffolding set up at Camrose Walmart from 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, until 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Athletes and additional officers will be circling the parking lot with buckets to collect donations.

Use of the scaffolding has been generously donated by Scafom Canada Inc. and Kings Scaffolding in Edmonton.

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August 14, 2015

Lethbridge ‘Free the Fuzz’ raises funds for Special Olympics

LETHBRIDGE- The annual “Free the Fuzz” fundraiser kicked off Friday, and local law enforcement need your help.

The tables have been turned: members of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Alberta Sheriffs and the Lethbridge Correctional Centre are behind bars.

Officers have been “jailed” for 30 hours at both Walmart locations in the city.

 

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Friday, June 24, 2015

Public encouraged to Free the Fuzz

Airdrie RCMP officer Kristine Brousseau and correctional peace officer Melisa Eye scaled scaffolding in front of the Airdrie Walmart on July 24 for the fourth annual Free the Fuzz fundraiser.

The three story structure will be the officers’ home for the next three days as the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run and Walmart Canada’s Supercentre in Airdrie partner up to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.

“[The fundraiser] is pretty cool, except not literally right now” said Brousseau, who has been a part of Free the Fuzz for each of the four years it has been in Airdrie.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Free the Fuzz to help the Special Olympics

It’s time to Free the Fuzz to help raise money for the Special Olympics.

Five local law enforcement officers are making their home on the rooftop of Cabela’s south-side store for 53 hours to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Law enforcement officers and Special Olympic athletes began accepting donations 11 a.m. Friday to help Free the Fuzz from the roof at 6150 Currents Drive NW. The goal is to raise $30,000.

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May 26, 2015

Barbequed burgers on the menu today

The only thing better than a barbecue on a warm, sunny day is a barbecue on a warm sunny day that raises money for Special Olympics athletes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, and Special Olympics Alberta, is putting on their annual charity barbecue and cooking up some hamburgers today. The event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until they run out of food, is normally held at the courthouse, but this year it will be at the Casa Rotary Square on 3 Avenue downtown.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Cycle for a Cause spins through Calgary’s Market Mall for Special Olympics Alberta

They were pushing pedals for a powerful cause.

Law enforcement members, social support staff and athletes alike gathered at Market Mall on Saturday for the 2015 Cycle for a Cause event in hopes of raising $10,000 for Special Olympics Alberta.

At roughly 9 a.m. on Saturday, cyclists were already working up a sweat.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Officers to bus, serve coffee at Cora in the Edmonton area in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

Law enforcement personnel and Special Olympics athletes will be swapping their regular duties to bus tables and refill coffee this weekend in an effort to collect donations for athletes.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics (LETR) is teaming up with 13 Cora restaurants throughout the province to raise much-needed funds to support Special Olympic athletes in Alberta.

On March 21 and 22, police officers, sheriffs, RCMP, military police, fish and wildlife, and corrections officers throughout the Edmonton area will join together at three Cora restaurants to serve customers. All proceeds from the event go directly to support athletes in Alberta.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Edmonton Journal

Swimmers take winter plunge in Edmonton

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Edmonton Sun

Frigid Edmonton temperatures don’t stop Polar Plunge from raising money for the Special Olympics

Despite frigid temperatures, cops and civilians made a splash at Lake Summerside on Sunday to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The Edmonton Police Service Polar Plunge went ahead with about 73 people going for a quick dip, despite an extreme temperature warning issued by Environment Canada and the mercury only reaching a high of -24C,

Const. Amanda Trenchard with EPS says she’s done the plunge for the past four years, and Sunday’s was the coldest.

Read more http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/01/04/frigid-edmonton-temperatures-dont-stop-polar-plunge-from-raising-money-for-the-special-olympics


 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Edmonton Examiner

Alberta law enforcement officers attend annual Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics programs

Alberta’s law enforcement officers are pledging to plunge into freezing cold waters for a heartwarming cause.

The Polar Plunge is an annual fundraising event, raising money for Special Olympics Alberta by pledging that participants will jump headlong into one of the province’s frigid lakes if they raise enough cash. Now in its third year, the plunge has raised over $20,000 since its activation in the province.

The pledge is a part of the Alberta chapter of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), an international organization that raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics movement.

Read more http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2014/12/31/alberta-law-enforcement-officers-attend-annual-polar-plunge-to-raise-money-for-special-olympics-programs


 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Go By Truck News

Special Olympics Convoys Sat.

More than a dozen North American cities will host the World’s Largest Truck Convoy this Saturday, September 20. The annual event brings together the truck driving and law enforcement communities to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The hugely popular convoy was created by Norm Schneiderhan, a corporal with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Schneiderhan was inspired by his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. He brought that experience together with his family’s experience in the trucking industry to create the convoy.

Local convoys take place at various locations and dates across the continent, but 13 separate cities will hold their events this Saturday. Many of the events include picnics, music and other attractions. Additional information is available on the Special Olympics website.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Land Line Magazine

Special Olympics convoy happening across North America on Sept. 20

All across North America, various states and provinces will be hosting the Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics on Sept. 20. From Arizona to North Carolina and as far north as Alberta, Canada, people can participate, watch the convoy, and enjoy other activities.

In conjunction with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the one-day event combines celebrating the industry with raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Truckers will meet at the staging location and move the convoy to a predetermined location. Other events vary from location to location.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Edmonton Sun

Free the Fuzz wraps up

What started as a torch run 33 years ago has grown into an event with much more in support of the Special Olympics.

Free the Fuzz, where five officers spend 54 hours camped on a rooftop, has become part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), said Edmonton Police Const. Amanda Trenchard.

“We see these athletes, we see their struggles in life, yet they overcome them,” Trenchard said. “They do so much and they’re such valuable members of our community and society. They’re our heroes.”

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune

World’s largest convoy planned for September

The 85 trucks of C.W. McCall’s iconic 1975 hit Convoy will pale in comparison to what is planned for the Grande Prairie area this September as a local fundraiser looks to break a record for the world’s largest convoy.

An event started by law enforcement as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics, the local convoy is set for Sept. 20.

The organizing committee is hoping to break a record by having 300 trucks in the convoy, with a fundraising goal of $125,000.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Airdrie City View

Free the Fuzz takes over Walmart roof, raises $12,700

For the third consecutive year, the Free the Fuzz fundraiser took over the Airdrie Walmart’s roof from July 25 to 27, and this year officers raised $12,700 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Alberta.

The annual fundraiser puts officers on the roof of Walmart for three days as a fundraiser.

Dianne Kuhn, fundraising coordinator for Special Olympics Airdrie, has been involved in the event for seven years with her daughter, Nicole. She and her family moved to Airdrie from Edmonton two years ago but took part in the free the Fuzz event in the provincial capitol for five years and in Airdrie’s event in 2013.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lethbridge Herald

‘Jailed’ for A just cause

Local police officers received a dose of their own medicine on Friday when members of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, and Alberta Correctional Services were locked up in the name of charity.

Volunteer “jailbirds” were behind bars and on display at both the north and southside Walmart locations in an effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

“Special Olympics is the charity of the Chiefs of Police, however, more than that it is also something that lots of members take to heart. We want to help out and we take pride in raising a ridiculous amount of money for local athletes,” explained LRPS Constable Kara Hagen.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Calgary Sun

Police, sheriff and correctional officers spending four days on top of northwest Walmart to raise money for Special Olympics

They are known for getting on top of crime in and around our city.

On Thursday, a Calgary police officer, along with a sheriff and correctional officer, got on top of a local Walmart all for a good cause.

As part of the 11th annual Free the Fuzz fundraiser — which kicked of Thursday — the three upholders of the law will sit on the roof of the Northland Dr. Walmart to raise money for the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics Alberta.

Read the entire article HERE


 

Wednesday, June 9, 2014

Trucking Life

World’s Largest Convoy Gears Up For 2014 Runs

Each year in September, truckers gather to make the World’s Largest Truck Convoy a great one. And this year, the man who raised The Great One himself, Walter Gretzky, will be there.

Big trucks, big convoys, a big anniversary and a big cause make the 2014 World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics an event you don’t want to miss.

The truck convoy, celebrating its 10th anniversary in Canada this year, brings together law enforcement officials and truck drivers from around the country to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes.

Read the entire article HERE


 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Lethbridge Herald

500-kilometre bicycle ride begins today

Law-enforcement officials are hitting the road today in support of a good cause.

Members of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, RCMP, Taber Police Service and Alberta Sheriffs, with support from a number of local Special Olympians, are taking part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) 500-kilometer bike ride for Special Olympics.

The charity cycling trek starts at 10a.m. at the Lethbridge Courthouse, and over a 24-hour period a team of 24 cyclists will bike their way to RCMP K Division headquarters in Edmonton.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fort McMurray Today

Wood Buffalo RCMP participating in Torch Run Ride for Special Olympics

For the first time in five years, the local RCMP are taking part in the Torch Run Ride for Special Olympics.

A combined eight members of the local RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs will leave Friday, cycling from Fort McMurray to the K Division Headquarters near Kingsway mall in Edmonton. Other riders will depart from all over the province in support of this cause.

The original law enforcement ride for Special Olympics took place in 2004.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Lethbridge Herald

Officers gearing up for Law Enforcement Torch Run

Lethbridge police staff sgt. Zealand Leavitt is fit and looks considerably younger than his 60 years. And while no one would blame him for pondering his retirement, at the moment he’s thinking more about the 500-kilometer trip he’s going to take on his bicycle to raise money for Special Olympics.

Leavitt, along with other local police officers, Taber police and shriffs, will ride from Lethrbidge to Edmonton for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run June 6 and 7. While most riders will do the distance in a relay – taking periodic rests on a bus – Leavitt is going to ride straight through, just like he did in 2012 when he was a much younger 58.

“It was a challenge,” Leavitt admits. “But each year I get better and better.

Read the entire article HERE