by Lt. Irvin Robinson,
Henderson Police Department
The North Carolina Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held on Tuesday June 2, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
The run will start at the Henderson Police Department located at 200 Breckenridge Street in downtown Henderson. Officers from the Henderson Police Department, Vance County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be participating in the event.
The Torch Run for Special Olympics is an international series of relays by law enforcement officers to raise money for the Special Olympics. A Torch Run is held each year in every state throughout the United States and in 25 countries around the world. Officers carry the torch to signify the achievements and the personal courage of Special Olympics athletes.
North Carolina law enforcement volunteers have participated in the Torch Run by collecting donations though the sale of Torch Run T-shirts. A donation of $13 will earn the contributor a Torch Run t-shirt. A donor of $15 will get a Torch Run hat, and a donation of $25 rates a hat and a t-shirt.
The public can support Special Olympics by purchasing a t-shirt or other Torch Run item. Contact Lt. I.W. Robinson at 252.431.6061. Robinson is the local coordinator for the event.
The two and half mile run will begin at the Henderson Police Department on Breckenridge Street continuing South on Garnett Street South to Dabney Drive turn onto Oxford Road and continue to the city limits at Sunset Gardens.
Asst. City Manager Frank Frazier. will open the special ceremony with remarks. Program speakers will be Henderson Police Chief Keith Sidwell and Sheriff Peter White. Chief Keith Sidwell & Sheriff Peter White will light the Torch. Senior Citizens Home of Henderson donated the Tee Shirts for the Torch Runners.