Two weeks before the official start date of the National Summer Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) made its way down the country from Whangarei to Invercargill before journeying to Dunedin where it was met by the Mayor of Dunedin on Tuesday 26 November, 2013.
The LETR is an international movement that seeks to support and promote Special Olympics around the world. Introduced to New Zealand in 2009, the LETR is a programme run by law enforcement personnel aimed at raising awareness across the community about the great work done by Special Olympics in assisting people with an intellectual disability through sport.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run was a fantastic introduction to the Games. The event involved hundreds of members of the community (and Police dogs) sporting LETR-branded t-shirts and spreading the word about Special Olympics New Zealand in centres around New Zealand.
The routes were approximately 2-3 kilometres in length and covered major pedestrian routes and main streets through towns providing maximum exposure for the Torch and its cause.
For more information about the LETR and to encourage friends, family and community members to donate, please see our main Law Enforcement Torch Run page.