Free the Fuzz fundraiser for Special Olympics set for this weekend

Officers from the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Alberta Sheriffs, Lethbridge Correctional Centre and Lethbridge Animal Control will be at both Lethbridge Wal-Mart locations this weekend to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

From noon Friday, August 14 until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 15 officers will be “jailed” for 30 hours during the annual Free the Fuzz fundraiser. Last year’s event raised more than $14,000 for Special Olympics and this year’s goal is to meet or exceed that amount.

Barbecues will be held at both locations and volunteers, including police personnel and Special Olympians, will also be on the ground selling T-shirts and collecting donations.

Free the Fuzz fundraisers occur annually throughout the province and are one of several fundraising events under the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run, an international organization that raises money to benefit Special Olympics.

Residents who are unable to attend the event, but would like to make a donation to support Special Olympics can make cheques payable to: Free the Fuzz, C/O Special Olympics Alberta, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3K6.

**Media are invited to attend either Walmart location on Friday, August 14 at 11:45 a.m. to conduct interviews. Cst. Les Vonkeman will be at the northside store and Cst. Braylon Hyggen at the southside store**