The Special Olympics are coming to Thunder Bay in 2020 and a local OPP officer is working to raise both funds and awareness around the organization and event.
Community safety officer Cst. Yenta Davidson is the Law Enforcement Torch Run representative for the OPP here and her role is to enhance the profile of the Special Olympics and raise funds.
To help do so, she is hosting a “paint night” at the Copper River Inn next Thursday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m.
“It’s a lot of fun and you get a beautiful painting at the end of the night that you get to bring home,” Cst. Davidson enthused.
Paint Nite Thunder Bay is the organization running the event and will provide all the supplies needed to create a piece of art.
“An artist is coming here from Thunder Bay to provide her skills and show us how to do a specific painting, so it should be a lot of fun,” Cst. Davidson noted.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
There haven’t been many Special Olympics events held locally in some time and Cst. Davidson is eager to get the ball rolling.
“It’s just important to me that we work locally because nothing’s really been done here in years so I just felt like we needed to do something,” she remarked.
“We need to do our share to support the athletes here and help them fulfill their athletic potential if that’s what they are interested in.”
So far, Cst. Davidson has raised close to $1,000 from ticket sales for the event and is hoping to have it sell out.
All funds raised through the “paint night” will go towards program support that directly affects all Special Olympics Ontario programs.
The funds help pay for the athletes’ expenses, which includes games, travel, accommodations, meals, staff support, and training.
Tickets cost $45 each, with $15 going to support Special Olympics athletes.
They available online at www.paintnite.com
Cst. Davidson is encouraging anyone who would like to support Special Olympics and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to come out.
“It’s nice to go and be creative and do something together for a good cause,” she smiled.
“I hope to see everybody there.”