HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — People in Happy Valley-Goose Bay gathered for the Law Enforcement Torch Walk on June 8, supporting the Howling Huskies Special Olympics.
This is an annual event, organised by the RCMP in association with other law enforcement organizations such as Correctional Services and Fish & Wildlife Enforcement.
The walk included members of the local divisions of the respective organizations, Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper, family members and of course the Howling Huskies Special Olympics athletes.
Howling Huskies club coordinator Susan Lamond told The Labradorian the Law Enforcement Torch Walk is a national event. It’s their biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics.
“The money that the ‘uniforms’ raise comes directly to the Howling Huskies which helps fund our provincial events,” she said. “We normally raise around $2,000 to $3,000 from this event. We have 21 athletes registered with our group ranging in age from eight to 67. Travel out of Goose Bay to attend the different events can be quite expensive.”
Lamond gave praise to the support they get from the local community.
“All you need to say is Special Olympics and the businesses are there to help out,” she said.
The event organisers were husband and wife team Travis and Nicole Clannon. Nicole is a local RCMP officer and Travis works as an enforcement officer for Fisheries & Wildlife.
“The RCMP partners up with the Fisheries & Wildlife Department, its been going on for years,” Nicole said. “We all get together and we work with Special Olympics to promote the partnerships between the organisations.
“With this we get everyone together to go for a little walk and finish up with a BBQ. It’s a nice way to get the RCMP and other community groups/members together to support the Special Olympics.”
Travis told The Labradorian that last year they set the bar by raising around $3,000, which went directly back to the Howling Huskies to benefit them.
“This year there is a lot of competition to meet or exceed the fundraising from last year,” he said. “We have partnerships from RCMP, the Correctional Services Officers, the Fish & Wildlife Enforcement and we are confident we have exceeded last year and we look forward to the planning stages for next year.”
Nicole said they raise funds throughout the year and people can make a donation to support their fundraising in a couple of ways.
Special event t-shirts have been sold for $25 each, and people have been making donations through the pledge sheets. There’s also a donation box at the RCMP. Nicole noted that every Friday is ‘Casual Friday’ at the RCMP detachment and any officers who choose not to wear their uniform are asked to make a donation to the Special Olympics.