The Columbus Police Department celebrated the 35th Annual Georgia Special Olympics Torch Run this morning. It’s the largest annual fundraising event for Special Olympics.
The event started at the Public Safety Building on 10th Street and ended at Lake Oliver.
More than 100 agencies take part in the 1,000 mile trek. The journey unfolds over two weeks as the “Flame of Hope” makes its way across Georgia.
Due to efforts of Columbus Police and numerous other state agencies, the Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
“Our organization loves to do it. Any time law enforcement, the police department and other agencies are able to get together, it is a sense of commitment, awareness, and just togetherness,” said Corporal Angela Florence of the Columbus Police Department.
The Torch Run is among four main fundraising events the Columbus Police conducts for the Special Olympics. The three others are the pistol match, car show, and golf tournament.
Last year, the Columbus Police Department raised $6100 for Georgia’s Special Olympics.