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Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis lights the Flame of Hope

This year, the Special Olympics is celebrating its 50th birthday through a number of events, including a series of charity runs. The official starting signal sounded on Sunday 11 March in Lugano.

Unfortunately the sun did not come out to play, but the 70 able-bodied and disabled runners were not put off by the pouring rain. They were all smiles right up to the finish line, thoroughly enjoying the shared experience of the first Special Olympics Run. Runners included celebrities such as ex-footballer Kubilay Türkyilmaz and Michael Fora, Captain of HC Ambri-Piotta.

The run in Lugano marked the start of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Further sponsored runs will take place across the country in April and May (see table below). Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis lit the Flame of Hope, which will continue to burn in Lugano until the middle of May, as a symbol of solidarity with people who have disabilities.

Helsana is a Premium Partner of the Special Olympics.

Further information at: 50anniversary.ch/special-olympics/city-events

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