LETR finish the year in style
As Patron of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Commissioner Col Blanch APM saw off the Torch Run for International Day of People with Disability and congratulated all those present.
In partnership with West Coast Eagles, City of Perth, United Nations Association WA, LETR officers led the Special Olympics WA (SOWA) athletes to Government House.
The Governor of Western Australia the Hon Chris Dawson APM formally welcomed the contingent, encouraging all partners to join in with inclusive activities in the gardens in celebration of our diverse community needs.
The LETR Annual Awards ceremony recognised officers and community partners who had supported LETR programs and Special Olympics athletes this year.
Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club, St John Ambulance and North Metro TAFE were among the winners. Mirrabooka District were awarded the Team Shield for their participation and fundraising for the Polar Plunge. Made up of police officers, police staff and a cadet, this was a real team effort!
Guest speaker, Senior Sergeant Ange Nicholson shared her experience of being a mentor on the Athlete Leadership Program. Her mentee Special Olympics athlete Josh Elliott delivered an inspiring speech about his personal experiences of living with autism and overcoming barriers of communication and acceptance.
A highlight of the evening was the announcement the SO WA Athletes who had been selected to represent Team Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin 2023.
LETR President Commander Alan Morton APM congratulated the four athletes and pledged $2,500 to each athlete towards their $9,000 levy.
“The funds raised by police officers this year, through workplace giving and the Polar Plunge, enable LETR to provide financial assistance to athletes with intellectual disabilities to participate in the leadership program and sporting events such as the World Games,” he said.