JCF Torch Run to Raise $2 Million for Special Olympians

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has launched its annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise $2 million to support the country’s Special Olympians.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Leon Rose, who represented Commissioner Lucius Thomas at the launch held recently at the Police Officers Club in Kingston, noted that already, some $600,000 have been pledged by corporate entities toward the effort.According to ACP Rose, the JCF was pleased to “solicit the support of the entire Jamaican public towards a very worthy cause.” “We genuinely believe that our efforts could cause us to make a fundamental difference to the lives of a very special group of people. Our intellectually challenged athletes have tremendous possibilities for growth and for development and I think that it is incumbent on organizations and all of us to ensure that these possibilities, these desires are channeled; so it is in that context that the JCF continues to play our role and our part in it [by assisting the team],” he stated.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of Special Olympics Jamaica, Lorna Bell praised the JCF’s fundraising effort and encouraged other entities to support the Torch Run. “I encourage you to .get involved with a group of persons working hard to make a difference in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities,” she said.
The annual Torch Run is a series of relays by law enforcement officers, to raise money to send the island’s special athletes to the Winter Olympic Games.
The event will commence in Ocho Rios, St. Ann on May 13 and will pass through all 14 parishes before ending at Elletson Road in Kingston on May 26. Participating police officers will collect donations from members of the public along the way. Since 1987, the JCF has raised some $15 million to assist the athletes.

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