Officers from twelve police departments carry the Flame of Hope to the Quebec City 2008 Special Olympics National Winter Games

    MONTREAL, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Today at 11:30 a.m., police officers
partners in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) from all over the country
began the Quebec City 2008 Torch Relay which will lead them to the Special
Olympics National Winter Games in Quebec City.
    After a first torch relay in the streets of Montreal, about forty police
officers from all Canadian provinces and territories boarded the Train of Hope
carrying the Olympic Torch and began their journey to Quebec City where they
will be met by nearly 900 participants - coaches, volunteers and athletes
living with an intellectual disability - for the opening ceremonies launching
the Games tomorrow February 26.
    The convoy was escorted by patrol cars from twelve Quebec police
departments including the Montreal Police Department (SPVM), the Sûreté du
Québec (SQ) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Along the way, the
chartered train will stop in St-Lambert, Saint-Hyacinthe and Drummondville
where keepers of the flame will carry the torch in three additional relays.
    Mr. Daniel Granger, chair of the Board of Special Olympics Quebec, was
there to send the officers on their way. "The support of the Law Enforcement
Torch Run is essential to the mission of our organization which is to enrich
the lives of people with an intellectual disability through sport. Their
unfailing support allows special athletes to surpass themselves and make their
dreams come true. Thanks to their involvement, more and more people with an
intellectual disability see their dreams come true, become more
self-sufficient and enter the work force."
    "The CN Police officers are proud to take part in the Torch Relay, added
Mr. Serge Meloche, chief of the CN Police. Throughout the year, CN Police
officers work closely with local, provincial and federal police departments to
support the development of special athletes through various activities. And
today, police officers from all over the country have joined forces to carry
the Flame of Hope, a symbol of the passion and determination of the athletes
taking part in the National Winter Games."
    Before the participants boarded the train, Mr. Yvan Delorme, director of
the Montreal Police Department, emphasized the symbolic meaning of this
activity. "During the coming week, the country's best special athletes will go
beyond their limits and we will witness the result of all their efforts. The
Montreal Police Department officers are pleased to carry the torch all the way
to the Games in order to nourish their hope for victory."
    "We are prompted by a will to surpass ourselves and meet the expectations
of the citizens and that of our partners and colleagues. It is therefore
fundamental for our police officers and civilian staff to serve, help and be
useful and available for Special Olympics", said Mr. Régis Falardeau,
assistant executive director of the Sûreté du Québec.
    Line Carbonneau, RCMP commanding officer for the Quebec division, spoke
of the determination of all the police departments across the country to unite
and make this Torch Relay an activity filled with promise.
    Flying the colours of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the train will
arrive at the Quebec City station at approximately 6 p.m. this evening.
Tomorrow, the keepers of the flame will continue on their journey and cross
the river between Levis and Quebec in a canoe. The torch will then be carried
throughout the national capital, past City Hall and the Parliament Building,
before reaching the athletes on the Plains of Abraham for the opening
ceremonies which will begin at 7 p.m.

    About the Law Enforcement Torch Run

    All over the world, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is the most important
annual fund-raising activity benefiting Special Olympics. It also promotes the
Special Olympics movement and raises the public's awareness of the cause of
people living with an intellectual disability. The Law Enforcement Torch Run
international movement is present in 35 countries. More than 85,000 policemen
and policewomen are involved in this international activity and proudly hold
the honorary title of keepers of the Special Olympics flame.

    About the Quebec City 2008 Special Olympics National Winter Games

    From February 26 to March 1, 2008, Quebec City will be hosting its first
Special Olympics National Games as part of the city's 400th anniversary
celebrations. Held under the honorary presidency of Mr. Roch L. Dubé,
president and CEO of Bell Nordiq, this event will bring together more than
900 athletes, coaches and mission staff from Canada's 10 provinces and
2 territories as well as over 600 volunteers.

    About Special Olympics Quebec

    The mission of Special Olympics Quebec is to enrich the lives of people
with an intellectual disability through sport. Active in more than
150 countries, the Special Olympics movement has more than one million special
athletes registered worldwide and over 31,000 in Canada, with 3,800 taking
part in the programmes offered throughout Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Justine Gauvin-Marchessault, Special Olympics
Quebec, (514) 843-8778, extension 227, Cell phone: (514) 592-9765,

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