Torch Run lights up the area
May 24, 2013 by Sarah
The Law Enforcement Torch Run was hailed a great success for the Whitfield County Sherriff’s Department, as officers ran for their 27th year and were joined by members of the Dalton Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The yearly fundraiser generates money and awareness for children who have special needs in the state, and also leads up to the Georgia Special Olympics. Members of the police department have taken part in the run for the last three years.
Starting in Augusta on May 6, the ‘Flame of Hope’ was relayed across America and ended up in Atlanta at Emory University on May 17. On May 18, the Georgia Special Olympics commenced when the Olympic Cauldron was lit to (as the saying goes) “let the games begin.”
Officers from the Dalton Police Department and Whitfield County Sherriff’s Office ran nine miles with the torch, being cheered on by students and other spectators along the way. Around $500 has already been raised by the Whitfield County Sherriff’s Office for the Special Olympics, with more merchandise to be sold. Donations are still being accepted. The Torch Run has played a huge role in the supporting of the Georgia Special Olympics and exceeds its own target for fundraising each year.
To help achieve the target set for fund raising, people have to be made aware of the times and dates of the event, possibly with the skills of a local flyer printing company. The torch run was launched in 1981 in Kansas and now takes place in all U.S. states in some form.