St. Pats Special Olympics Week bottle drive

In support of our athletes, who will be attending the Special Olympics June 1-3 in Durham, St. Patrick's Church at 96 Kenwood Avenue is having a bottle drive March 10 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

To raise awareness of the games, the City of Burlington and the Knights of Columbus had a Special Olympics flag-raising ceremony at City Hall on March 7, proclaiming March 7-13, Special Olympics Week.

The event started 9 a.m. with a piper led march followed by special olympians and Burlington Knights of Columbus colour guard from St. Philippe’s Church, 472 Locust Street along the sidewalk to City Hall. Knight Ken Fleming hosted the event and City Councilor Blair Lancaster represented Burlington. Knights also present a $1,000 cheque to the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics flag was one of six flags that started crossing the province on January 4 to raise awareness of the games called the Flag Relay campaign. The flag will remain in Burlington until March 10 when it will be transferred to Oakville during a ceremony on March 10 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive. Special Olympics athletes will also demonstrate their skills in several athletic categories.

Oakville will also recognize their special olympians by having a special flag-raising ceremony with Mayor Rob Burton at Oakville Town Hall on March 11 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments. Everyone is invited to attend.

How to support our Special Olympians

Anyone can offer financial support to the Special Olympics by visiting or by purchasing raffle tickets from the Knights during events on Special Olympics Week in Burlington.

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