The City of Bunbury will get into the Olympic spirit this month when the flame of hope hits town to support local Special Olympics Australia athletes.
In what is sure to evoke memories of the flame visit for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Bunbury Forum Shopping Centre has partnered with Special Olympics Australia and Law Enforcement to present the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics fun day on Sunday, August 21.
The torch run will see over 50 police officers from across Western Australia join athletes from the Special Olympics South West club to carry the flame of hope from the Bunbury Police station along Blair Street and Sandridge Road to the Bunbury Forum Shopping Centre.
WA Police Superintendent John Leembruggen said his officers are excited to travel to the South West to join in the festivities.
“As guardians of the flame, we have had a longstanding partnership with Special Olympics programs around the world for more than 40 years,” he said.
A ceremony, including lighting of the cauldron will take place to officially commence the family fun day activities.
Special Olympics South West chair Allison Burnett said the event will help to create a more inclusive and accessible community along with much needed funds that will allow the group to continue to provide low or no cost sporting opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
Following the cauldron ceremony at 10am, Bunbury Forum will host a full day of family fun featuring over 20 sports-related activities suitable for all ages and abilities.
Bunbury Forum marketing manager Meike Daeffner said the shopping centre are incredibly excited to host the day in support of our local athletes.
“All eye will turn to Bunbury for this one off event which will raise awareness of Special Olympics and the amazing work the organisation does within our local community,” she said.
“Bunbury Forum has been proudly supporting local community groups for almost thirty years and this event will be one of many held over the next year to further support South West community organisations.”
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