On Saturday, May 25th, the Cora's Restaurant in Leduc is going to be the safest place in town to have breakfast. Police will be swarming all through the restaurant but it won't be because of any illegal activities, it will all be for a very good cause. Guns will be traded in for coffee pots and handcuffs exchanged for fruit cups as those who usually serve and protect switch just to serving.
For the last 3 years the RCMP have taken over the Cora Restaurants in Edmonton for a day to raise funds for the Alberta Special Olympics. This year, the Leduc Cora is getting into the act with the support of the Leduc RCMP detachment. And with this summer's Special Olympics taking place in Devon there is extra incentive to raise funds to help out our local athletes.
With a few things still to be confirmed there could be a uniformed honour guard at the front door welcoming every customer, as well as a cruiser parked outside and possibly a mascot roaming around and having some fun with the kids.
Along with bringing you your food and beverages of choice, officers will also be collecting donations for the Special Olympics, and for those people who choose to support the cause there will be a little surprise given out for each donation received. T-shirts will also be available for purchase with the funds going directly to the Alberta Special Olympics, and there will also be a ballot box at the front of the restaurant where each customer can enter their name and one lucky person will win a special breakfast for two delivered to their home or workplace by uniformed officers!
Along with the officers there will also be some representatives and athletes from the Special Olympics doing their part to help out with some customer service for the day.
The Alberta Special Olympics is near and dear to a lot of people in Leduc as we have a very active group of participants who practice their chosen sports all year around and also proudly represent their organization by walking in most of the parades in Leduc as well.
Athletes will be coming from all over Alberta to Devon from June 21 – 23 to compete in the sports of Athletics, Bocce, Golf, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, and Softball. The Games are very competitive and they bring out the best in each participant as the athletes that place in the top of their events in Devon will earn a spot on Team Alberta and be competing at the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver in 2014.
The Spring Games that took place in Red Deer this April attracted over 550 athletes and more than 300 volunteers. The Devon Summer Games is expected to be an even larger event which is why fundraisers such as Cora's Cops & Crepes are so important for the organization.
So on May 25th, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, grab some friends and head to Cora's for breakfast, brunch or lunch and make a donation to serve others while you are being served.