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New Patron for LETR New Zealand

New Zealand to represent at the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles

Merchandise now available

New Zealand now has its own branch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), the largest grassroots fundraising movement for Special Olympics internationally.

Globally more than 90,000 police professionals and supporters across 35 countries participate in the LETR, which includes a series of relay and fundraising events held ahead of Special Olympics sports competitions (similar in style to the Olympic Torch Relay). More than US$42 million was raised in 2011 internationally.

Until now the Law Enforcement Torch Run has been run from within Special Olympics New Zealand.  As a standalone charity the Law Enforcement Torch Run New Zealand Charitable Trust will organise a series of events throughout the country to raise awareness of people with intellectual disabilities, and to fundraise for Special Olympics New Zealand.

The Trust will be chaired by Palmerston North Rural Area Commander Inspector Mark Harrison, working alongside Trustees Detective Sergeant Sarn Paroli, Special Olympics New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Young, and Special Olympics athlete Andrew Boyce.  

Mark has been involved with Special Olympics New Zealand for many years and was New Zealand’s first representative in the international Law Enforcement Torch Run for the World Summer Games in Athens, Greece in 2011.

New Patron for LETR New Zealand

In 2014 Police Commissioner Mike Bush came on board as Patron for the Law Enforcement Torch Run New Zealand Charitable Trust (LETR).

Commissioner Mike Bush is the organisation’s first patron.

“It’s very pleasing to have Commissioner Bush on board as patron – we were fully supported by the two previous Commissioners but to have to formalised through a patron relationship is fantastic,” says Inspector Mark Harrison, Chair of the LETR New Zealand Charitable Trust.

“LETR epitomises what policing is about – being an active part of the community and supporting thriving community initiatives like Special Olympics. Commissioner Bush has already indicated that he is happy to help out at events when his schedule allows, which may even include getting his running shoes on!” 

LETR at the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Blenheim-based Special Olympics Marlborough runner and graduate Global Messenger, Dale Smit (20), has been selected as the New Zealand athlete for the Final Leg of the Torch Run for the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015.

“This is only the second time we have nominated a New Zealand athlete to take part in the Torch Run at a world event,” says Kathy Gibson, Special Olympics New Zealand Chief Executive Officer.

“We were thrilled Dale was selected as he is an outstanding long distance athlete that will fly our New Zealand flag very high. He is extremely dedicated to his training programme both in Special Olympics and in mainstream athletics.

Read the full press release.

LETR Merchandise now available

The Law Enforcement Torch Run Charitable Trust is now selling branded hats and drink bottles to raise funds for future events!

Hats are selling for $15 and drink bottles for $10.

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