The 17th annual Truck Convoy and the local annual Law Enforcement Torch Run are coming together at the Paris fairgrounds on Saturday in support of Special Olympics.
Members of law enforcement will escort a convoy of trucks along Ontario highways to raise awareness and support for Special Olympics athletes.
The day will start with a torch run at the fairgrounds that will include members of Brantford police and Brant OPP, who will carry the Flame of Hope symbolizing “courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities.”
“Our local torch run wasn’t able to take place last year due to COVID and we are happy to be back out, seeing familiar faces, fuelling our passion for giving back to Special Olympics,” said Brantford police Det. Const. Christine McCallum.
The Ontario Truck Convoy is part of an international event that has grown since the first convoy with the Orange County, Fla., sheriff’s department in 2001.
“Over the past 17 years, we have seen friendships form from athletes to truckers to members of law enforcement,” said Tammy Blackwell, event co-ordinator.
The Ontario Truck Convoy began in Paris in 2005.
This year’s in-person event at the Paris fairgrounds is limited to 35 trucks and drivers. The trucks start to arrive at 7 a.m. Torch run members start to arrive at 9 a.m. The truck convoy leaves at 11 a.m.
The Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the opening ceremonies of local competitions and into the Special Olympics provincial, national, regional and world games.
The torch run champions acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting with their own communities. Since its inception, the torch run has raised more than $35 million.