The Flame of Hope Comes to Abu Dhabi
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    The purpose of the Torch Run is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement, with the Flame becoming a powerful unifying symbol. No matter where it goes, it draws people together to celebrate our differences and our shared humanity.

    This event first started at the site of the Pnyx in Athens, Greece. The Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” is lit by the rays of the sun and relayed to the UAE and through all the Emirates by Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers, conveying a message of hope for a more unified world.

    As retired Chief Richard LaMunyon once said, “What started in 1981…as a flicker of hope for Special Olympics has now become a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympics athletes worldwide.” The Torch is changing the future for people with intellectual disabilities and lighting the way for acceptance and inclusion.