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Disability Week is celebrated from Sunday November 30th and concludes on Saturday December 6th with International Day of People with Disability celebrated on December 3rd. The United Nations sanctioned that day as the day that celebrates progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realizing an inclusive society for all.

 

Disability organizations, businesses, governments and the community come together at events across the country to mark the occasion and celebrate the achievements of people with disability.

 

 

Each year, law enforcement agencies in the Country form part of the week by taking part in the annual torch run which sees the carrying of the Special Olympics Torch across the country. It is an opportunity to raise funds to assist children with special needs as the torch run makes several stops.


This year the torch run left the Corozal Free Zone at around 7:00 this morning with members of the Corozal Police Department, Corozal Commercial Free Zone, Belize Defense Force and students taking part in the event.


Marleni Montejo – Sgt. Community Policing


“We have the BDF from here, we have the schools, high schools , sixth forms, the Cadets of course and the police officers all run for the same cause showing the community that we are together for a very good cause and we started at seven.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Did you all run inside the Corozal Free Zone?”


Marleni Montejo – Sgt. Community Policing


“Yes we did run inside the Free Zone and from there we came all the way where the Mayor did his share then heading our south.”


Mayor Hilberto Campos received the torch upon its arrival in Corozal Town. He and the runners then jogged through the principal streets of town as sign of solidarity and support for the fund raising event.


Marleni Montejo – Sgt. Community Policing


“The objective behind this is a law enforcement initiative and we do it yearly and the money we raise goes to the especial need children and of course Corozal have three Special Aids schools and the torch will end in Belmopan and whatever funds we raise from her all the way to Belmopan will be given over to the Police Special Olympics Committee where the Olympics will be held this year.”


After being on display in Corozal for a few minutes the torch was then brought down to Orange Walk Town we will have that story for you in a few.

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