Tim Hortons a big supporter of Special Olympics

This weekend, February 2nd – 4th (2024) Tim Hortons once again hosted the annual Special Olympics doughnut weekend fundraiser.

In Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores), Special Olympians were joined by Saugeen Shores Police at Tim Hortons in Port Elgin for a ‘meet ‘n’ greet’ where customers were able to donate for a Special Olympics doughnut.

         Special Olympian Top medal Winners enjoyed the Special doughnuts – For larger view, Click on Image
           (L) Auxiliary Officer Brugess, Owen Shields, Janet Lynne Campbell, Katie & Jeremy Kranenburg and                                               Officer John Martin – for larger view Click on Image
(L) Special Olympics coach Cheryl Smethurst and Tim Hortons’ owner Dave Falconer

Proceeds from the Special doughnut sales go toward helping the costs for athletes to attend the Special Olympic National games.

“We are always delighted to help our Special Olympic Athletes achieve their goals,” says Saugeen Shores Tim Hortons’ owner, Dave Falconer.

This year, of the 250 Canada-wide athletes, two have been selected from Saugeen Shores – Justin LaBlance and Mike Bailey to represent Team Ontario.

     Seated: National athlete qualifiers – (L) Justin LaBlance ( 5 pin bowling) and Mike Bailey                                             (Nordic Skiing) – For larger view, Click on Image

Each athlete is required to fundraise $1,400 towards their training camps, transportation, meals, accommodations and uniform expenses.

“Fundraising is where the community can help create an experience of a lifetime for these two local athletes,” said Special Olympics Coordinator and Coach, Cheryl Smethurst.

Donations are still being accepted at Special Olympics Ontario.

“Any donations received over and above the fundraising goal,” added Smethurst, “stay in the community to support our Special Olympians in their sports.”