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  • Special Olympics Jamaica has received more than $3.5 million in pledges to support the preparation of athletes for international competition.
  • The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the premier fundraising and public awareness event in support of Special Olympics Jamaica.
  • In 1986, Jamaica became the first nation outside of the United States to adopt the Torch Run and to date has contributed an estimated $30 million toward preparing and sending athletes to international games.

Special Olympics Jamaica has received more than $3.5 million in pledges to support the preparation of athletes for international competition.

The pledges were made during the official launch of the Law Enforcement 5K Torch Run at the Office of the Commissioner of Police in St. Andrew on Tuesday (April 19).

Of the funds pledged, $2.5 million came from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF). Others signalling their support were:  Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jamaica Fire Brigade, Department of Corrections, Jamaica Customs Agency, and several private entities and individuals.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, hailed the commitment of support from the various entities and individuals.

She noted the excellent performance of the athletes at the last year’s World Summer Games, where the team amassed 10 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals.

Minister Grange lauded the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for its continued support to the Special Olympics movement through the annual 5K Torch Run.

“I’m delighted to see the level of commitment demonstrated by our law enforcers each year. Their commitment is unquestionable and Special Olympics’ success over the years is a direct result of their hard work and dedication in helping our athletes to reach their goals,” she said.

Minister Grange used the opportunity to encourage more state agencies and private corporations to help to raise awareness and provide financial support for Special Olympics Jamaica.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the premier fundraising and public awareness event in support of Special Olympics Jamaica.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 14 beginning and culminating at the Police Officers’ Club, 34 Hope Road, St. Andrew.

Registration fee is $1,000 per adult and $500 per child. Application forms are available online at www.jcf.gov.jm and www.ondirun.com.jm

The JCF is seeking to raise $5 million to offset expenses for the Special athletes to attend the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria.

Special Olympics Jamaica caters to athletes, who are intellectually challenged by giving them an opportunity to participate in several sporting disciplines.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run seeks to inspire people to open their minds and accept and include persons with intellectual disabilities, and to celebrate differences.

In 1986, Jamaica became the first nation outside of the United States to adopt the Torch Run and to date has contributed an estimated $30 million toward preparing and sending athletes to international games.