16 October 2014
This Sunday 19 October 2014, law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Australia athletes will carry the Flame of Hope from the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne and through the city streets to meet cheering supporters at Federation Square. Keep an eye on Facebook and the Games website for details.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an initiative of Special Olympics and law enforcement officers which aims to raise funds for our sports programs and increase awareness of what we do.
In Australia, our inaugural Law Enforcement Torch Run took place prior to the 2002 National Games with police officers from Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales carring the Flame of Hope on a journey from Hobart to Sydney.
Since then police officers have delighted hundreds of communities with Torch Run celebrations including an epic adventure which saw the torch travel through 43 towns in just 29 days before arriving in Adelaide for the 2010 National Games. Called Run with the Law, the event was sponsored by News Corp Australia who are partnering with us again for these National Games in 2014. Click here to browse images.
We’re very excited to announce National Games ambassador, Carrie Bickmore, will be our official MC for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
If you are in Melbourne on 19 October 2014 head down to Federation Square to see the Torch Run and hopefully you can also join us at the National Games Opening Ceremony the next day.
Hawthorn Football player, Isaac Smith, with Special Olympics athletes Skye Cameron, Sarah Chaplin and Tim Chaplin and SEDA students Josie Gonzalez, Laura Breen and Jessie Hare.