(HawaiiNewsNow) - Local law enforcement officials will take the high road, making themselves at home atop 14-foot scaffolding for three consecutive days, as they rise to the challenge of raising funds for Special Olympics Hawai'i's 11th annual Cop on Top fundraiser. From September 14-16, 2012 on Maui and September 28 -30, on O'ahu, Hawai'i Island and Kaua'i, officers will eat, sleep and raise funds for Special Olympics athletes across the state. This year Cop on Top will be held at Walmart stores statewide and all Sam's Club stores, Aikahi Shopping Center, Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center and Koko Marina Shopping Center on O'ahu.
"Walmart is fully committed to giving back to the communities where we work and are honored to be able to support our local Special Olympics athletes and these amazing officers in their endeavor to raise funds and awareness for the important work Special Olympics does here in Hawai'i," said Brian Halsey, Hawai'i marketing manager for Walmart.
Officers will climb the 14-foot scaffolding starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, September 28 and will remain there until 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. In the 11-year history of Cop on Top, law enforcement officials have been able to raise more than $1,620,000 to help fund Special Olympics Hawai'i's programs.
"Participating in Cop on Top is a big sacrifice for our officers - giving up their free time with their families, friends and loved ones to stay atop scaffolding, exposed to the elements, raising funds and awareness for our local Special Olympics athletes," said Nancy Bottelo, president and CEO of Special Olympics Hawai'i. "Every day our athletes face obstacles head-on and these officers are showing their solidarity, bravely facing the challenge of staying up top for three consecutive days! We hope the community will show their support and aloha for these brave and generous individuals and come out to support Cop on Top."
"From the moment we climb atop the scaffolding, to the time we descend, Cop on Top is always an incredible experience," said Honolulu Police Department Sergeant, Ninette Vonier. "I've participated in Cop on Top since the event began 11 years ago and have had the opportunity to meet the most generous and inspiring individuals -- from the athletes and families who come out and show their support, to shoppers who open their wallets and hearts, and the incredible generosity of companies like Walmart who open their doors to us ."
Special Olympics Hawai'i provides year-round sports training opportunities to more than 2,700 athletes from across the state at no cost to athletes or their families. The average cost to provide one athlete with sports training and competition is approximately $1,044 a year.
For more information on Special Olympics Hawai'i, please contact 808-943-8808 or click HERE!