Special Olympics laces up for those who lend a hand

Thursday marked the first “Be A Fan Day” for Special Olympics Canada, an event asking Canadians to lace up with bright red shoe laces to raise awareness for the organization and its supporters, especially those in law enforcement. “Be A Fan Day” was created in collaboration with Ontario’s Special Olympics organization. The approach to publicity […]

Thursday marked the first “Be A Fan Day” for Special Olympics Canada, an event asking Canadians to lace up with bright red shoe laces to raise awareness for the organization and its supporters, especially those in law enforcement.

“Be A Fan Day” was created in collaboration with Ontario’s Special Olympics organization. The approach to publicity has been primarily grassroots. Along with a dedicated website, BeAFanCanada.com, promotional posters and flyers were created with the help of partners at Veritas Communications. But social media has been the driving force of what is essentially a word-of-mouth awareness campaign among community members and law enforcement personnel.

The Special Olympics has had a long-running partnership with members of Canadian law enforcement. Police have raised more than $40 million in support of the Special Olympics over the past 25 years through initiatives such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raised $100,000 in its inaugural 1987 event in Southern Ontario. It has since expanded to 10 provinces.

“Be A Fan Day is meant to be a day of celebration for the coaches and athletes of the Special Olympics, but also of those who support them,” said Mary-Margaret Jones, who oversees marketing and public relations for the organization. She said that police organizations “have gone so far above and beyond the call of duty for us over the years. The word is truly ‘exemplary.’”

Special Olympics Canada hopes to make the event annual.

Brands Articles

Millennial-ized market means Kraft Dinner is now KD

Low-risk name change drives brand update across 27 products

Jaguar Land Rover picks Mint

Toronto shop becomes automaker's first agency of record in 15 years

Toronto yoga junky finds her Flow for online contest

Bottled water brand wraps its social media contest after finding The Chi Junky

Working myself out of a job (Column)

In an ideal world, a good company may not need a PR firm. In reality...

Corby dedicates 50% of digital spend to programmatic

Booze brands make a big shift online with new media and platform partners

Shopify to spend more to grow ahead of holiday season

Despite Q2 loss, revenue nearly doubles from a year ago

Diageo launches Jeremiah Weed in Canada

Brand takes 'irreverent approach' to connect with millennials

Amazon expected to become top U.S. clothing retailer

Will ecommerce giant become the king of clothing in Canada?

Weak dollar not all bad news for retailers (Survey)

Canadians are rethinking their cross-border shopping trips