The checks were presented this week while Cargotec served as an LETR torch transfer point on one leg of the run through Kansas. Participating law enforcement officers from bordering Douglas County, Kan., arrived at the Cargotec facility bearing the symbolic Flame of Hope, passing it to participating officers from both Ottawa and Franklin County, Kan. In all, officers across the state will carry the Flame of Hope on multiple legs totalling more than 1,000 miles on its way to Wichita, where it will arrive June 1.
Cargotec's Alan Wilson, director, Multi-Assembly Unit - Ottawa, says the company's decision to support the cause was motivated by its desire to make a difference as well as a personal connection to the organization. The company's quality environmental health and safety manager, Allan Henderson, is a Special Olympics coach in Topeka, Kan., and is the parent of a special needs daughter, Bekah, who, as a global messenger for Special Olympics, actively participated in the ceremony.
"We think it's extremely important that as a long-time business in the state and the City of Ottawa, we support organizations like this," Wilson says. "Special Olympics Kansas provides great opportunities for people who need our support and help to participate in activities which can teach them life skills and provide necessary encouragement."