Legislation enforcement members tenting out for Particular Olympics all weekend

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(LR): Karen McIntyre, SO Athlete, Jerry Tennant, SO Red Deer Chair, Brad Cotmen, Alberta Sheriffs, and Eileen Mundorf, SO Athlete. (rdnewsNOW/Josh Hall)

Through Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)

all money stays local

08/27/2022 | 11:24 a.m

The ‘Free Our Finest’ rooftop law enforcement torch relay in support of Special Olympics (SO) Alberta is taking place in front of Red Deer’s North Walmart from now through Sunday.

During this time, members of Red Deer and Drayton Valley RCMP, Alberta Conservation, Alberta Sheriffs, the local Operations Communications Center, Alberta Animal Services and Alberta Corrections, and SO volunteers will be sleeping on the store in hopes of raising $20,000 for Special collect Olympians.

Brad Cotmen of the Alberta Sheriffs says all funds raised this weekend will stay in central Alberta to pay for travel, uniforms, facilities and other expenses incurred by Special Olympics.

“I love doing that. When I was in training the sheriffs invited me to the event, I came for the day and I loved it. This is my ninth year doing this now,” says Cotmen. “It’s a fantastic thing because Special Olympics does so much more than promote sports for people with disabilities; it extends lifespan and builds confidence and self-esteem.”