Members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service along
with local special athletes took part in the 27th annual Law
Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Runners,
walkers and cyclists travelled via several routes in
Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge raising awareness
and funds for Special Olympics. After covering a total of
38 kilometers, the event concluded with the arrival of the
“Flame of Hope” torch at Police Headquarters.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service is a proud supporter
of Special Olympics Ontario, raising almost $300,000
through Torch Run events over the last two and a half
decades.The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest
fundraiser for Special Olympics worldwide and we are
very grateful to the community and our partner agencies for their support in this fundraising event. By working together, we can help to enrich the lives of athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities to participate in sport and showcase their talents.
EARN A BIKE
There were 62 children from Waterloo Region (ages 8-12) recognized for their contribution to community service at a special ceremony on June 19th.The children, selected by Waterloo Regional Police Community Resource officers and local community organizations, received a new Raleigh mountain bike and helmet for their involvement in the Tim Horton’s ‘Earn-a-Bike’ program.
During May and June Police members and community leaders provided supervision as the children dedicated themselves to completing thirty hours of community service at local parks and school yards, and assisting with community programs in Waterloo Region.
The Earn-a-Bike partnership program creates the additional opportunity for children and youth to develop important life skills while benefitting from the mentorship of and positive interaction with our members and partners. Our youth are the community’s most valuable resource and long lasting crime prevention begins with them.
SIRENS FOR LIFE
Every July Canadian Blood Services runs a competition between Fire Services, Emergency Medical Services and Police to see who will donate the most units of blood. The 2013 event was launched at Police Headquarters where 33 units were collected to save/improve 99 lives.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service is a proud partner of the Sirens for Life program throughout the summer months - a time when supplies are low and when there is a critical demand on emergency blood supplies and donations.
RIDE OF YOUR LIFE
The Ride Of Your Life Tour, made up of Team 3C (Cops Conquering Cancer) rode 580 kms in challenging conditions and rough terrain along the way to Ottawa. Over the four day trek and months of training, Team 3C was given a huge welcome on Parliament Hill by friends, family and members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Their journey supports the Grand River Cancer Centre and raises awareness for the Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial in Ottawa. Team 3C has far exceeded the $100,000 mark over their six years of fundraising, which goes toward the local cancer treatment centre.
Cops for Cancer is an initiative that was started in 1994 by Sgt. Gary Goulet of the Edmonton Police Service. Goulet was reaching out to a young 5 year old cancer patient named Lyle Jorgenson who had lost all of his hair as a result of chemotherapy treatments. The boy was being teased at school about his hair loss and Goulet and his platoon mates invited him to their Division where they showed their support by shaving their heads too.
A number of members from the Waterloo Regional Police Service now take part in the Cops for Cancer initiative. They raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society by collecting donations and having their heads shaved at a public event. At the Police Week Open House, crowds gathered as several officers got a new look and supported a great cause.