Jamaica’s Special Olympians are one step closer to representing the country in Abu Dhabi in 2019 thanks to a $J3.8M contribution from the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Committee. The funds, raised from LETR activities staged between 2017 and 2018, were handed over by the committee to Special Olympics Jamaica at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on October 5.
Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson thanked representatives of the LETR partner agencies –the Jamaica Defence Force, Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, the Department of Correctional Services and Jamaica Customs Agency – for their strident backing, noting that “The continued support of Jamaica’s Special Olympics team will go a long way as we strive to raise awareness through the Law Enforcement Torch Run each year.”
Chairman of Special Olympics Jamaica Mr. Allie McNab agreed with the Commissioner, and expressed that, “getting the funds was a huge help in footing the cost for the upcoming Special Olympics in 2019. We are grateful to law enforcement for their full support and we look forward to building awareness, acceptance and inclusion for persons with disabilities”.
The contribution was especially welcomed this year as for the first time; Jamaica will send three unified teams to the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. The teams will be part of a 98-athlete contingent representing the country from March 14 to 21, 2019.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force introduced the global LETR movement to Jamaica in 1986, and through partnership with other entities under the Ministry of National Security, has since then raised more than JMD$30M.