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Law enforcers donate $3.8M to Special Olympians

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 9:29 AM

Jamaica’s Special Olympians are one step closer to representing the country in Abu Dhabi in 2019, thanks to a $3.8 million contribution from the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR).

The funds, raised from LETR activities staged between 2017 and 2018, were handed over by the Special Olympics Committee to Special Olympics Jamaica at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on Monday.

Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson thanked representatives of the LETR partner agencies for their strident backing, noting that “the continued support of Jamaica’s Special Olympics team will go a long way as we strive to raise awareness through the Law Enforcement Torch Run each year”.

The agencies include: Jamaica Defence Force, Jamaica Fire Brigade,  Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, the Department of Correctional Services and Jamaica Customs Agency.

Chairman of Special Olympics Jamaica Allie McNab, in expressing gratitude to the law enforcement group, said: “getting the funds was a huge help in footing the cost for the upcoming Special Olympics in 2019. We are grateful to law enforcement for their full support and we look forward to building awareness, acceptance and inclusion for persons with disabilities”.

The contribution comes as Jamaica, for the first time, will be sending three unified teams to the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. The teams will be part of a 98-athlete contingent representing the country from March 14 to 21, 2019.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force introduced the global LETR movement to Jamaica in 1986, and through partnership with other entities under the Ministry of National Security, has since then raised more than $30 million.

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