This past 13th September 2006 our Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics was held. The event started at 3pm at the Eliott Hotel with the traditional lighting of the ´Flame of Hope´by Reception Manager Mr Gerald Aonso and Gibraltar Services Police Chief Police Officer Mr John Durante Patron of the Torch Run.
The first runner to carry the ´Flame of Hope´was Mr Douglas Attard Liaison Officer for HM Prison. Approx. 60 members of the following Departments took part in the event.
City Fire Brigade, Gibraltar Services Police, Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Port Authority H.M. Customs H. M. Prison, Security & Immigration Ltd, Royal Gibraltar Police and the RAF Dog Section.
Two Special Olympics athlete parents and 3 Gibtelecom members also participated in the event.
The Torch was run through Irish Town, Main Street and the beaches a total of £ 1,688.09 was collected during the three hour run that ended at the Victoria Stadium when Mr Guillermo Mascarenhas Liaison Officer for the Defense Fire Service handed over the Torch to the Special Olympics Athlete.
We would like through the medium of your paper to thank our sponsors for their continued support:
Anglo Hispano Co. LtdBarclays BankDorothy PerkinsIbex InsuranceLewis Stagnetto LtdLouis PharmacyMarks & SpencerMutual Trust ManagementIsola & IsolaProfessional Travel InsuranceThe Eliott HotelCharles G Trico(Printers)LtdSaccone and Speed (Gibraltar) LtdStraits OverseasTarik Shipping AgentsValmar PharmacyJava OilRock Domestic AppliancesLa SenzaCarmen MediaCepsa GibGlobet.Com MRWPriceWaterHouseCoopers Ltd
We would like to thank the Patrons, the Heads of the participating Departments, the Liaison Officers for all their assistance and the runners who took part in this year´s event, the Officers who formed the Guard of Honour at the stadium, and the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Band for providing the Parade for the athletes.
Lastly but not least to special thanks must be awarded to the people of Gibraltar for donating money on the day of the Torch Run.
The Committee wishes to congratulated the Athletes of Special Olympics Gibraltar for their determination, courage and enthusiasm that is an inspiration to all of us taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Event.