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Oct 10, 2014

Law Enforcement Officers Donate to Special Olympics

The Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have for years participated in fund-raising to assist children with intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics. Those fund-raising initiatives culminate in a torch run where agencies carry a special torch across the country, stopping at intervals to raise awareness and money for the cause. Today Community Policing NCO Sergeant Elroy Carcamo and Ruby Gutierrez from the Immigration Department handed over a significant check to the Special Olympic Committee.

 

Sgt. Elroy Carcamo, NCO, Community Policing, Eastern Division

Sgt. Elroy Carcamo

“For last year the law enforcement committee made a total of six thousand dollars which we are going to hand over today to Mr. Auil, Special Olympics Belize. And this also marks the beginning of fundraising events for this year. So we are expecting to start fundraising again until December where we will have the national games for Belize in Belmopan where the torch will be taken. I know that from Belize to Belmopan is a short route, so our team will come up with a route, maybe we take the torch to Corozal and we take the torch from Corozal to Belmopan this year and that is what we want to do.”

 

Alan Auil

Alan Auil, Board Member, Special Olympic Committee

“Special Olympics has a special partnership arraignment with law enforcement agencies not just in Belize but throughout the world. It is a partnership that we enjoy here in Belize. It involves as well customs, coastguard, the police, immigration as well as the fire department. And we are very pleased that in belie there has been really a massive effort to raise this money, an example of giving back to the community and in this case the recipient are going to be persons who live in Belize who have intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics of course is an organization who provides sporting opportunities for them. We also try and find the means to provide advocacy for those persons. We also arrange for doctors and nurses to provide screening free of cost for our athletes. And the monies that the laws enforcement torch run is going to warded all those activities to getting our athletes to the world games next year that is going to be held in Los Angeles California. It’s going to take a massive effort for us and the funds that we receive today will go a long way in helping us not just for the world games. We have a national game as you rightly mentioned in the first weekend of December. We will have it in Belmopan this year.”

 

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