Belfast to “Light Up for Inclusion” for Special Olympics

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Iconic landmarks around the world will turn red in a global display of unity on July 20th

 Special Olympics announced that major landmarks, stadiums and iconic buildings around the world, including Belfast City Hall and The Dome at Victoria Square Shopping Centre, will turn RED in a global display of unity on July 20 as part of the Special Olympics International 50th Anniversary Celebration. This significant anniversary also coincides with the 40th Anniversary of Special Olympics Ireland.

The act represents the dawn of the Inclusion Revolution—Special Olympics’ mission to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities worldwide and create inclusive communities.

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Special Olympics International Chairman, Timothy Shriver and son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics movement, said:

“We are grateful for the tremendous support to help celebrate and raise awareness for people with intellectual disabilities regardless of where they live in the world.

“Light Up for Inclusion symbolizes the continuation and evolution of Special Olympics’ mission.”

In addition to Belfast City Hall and The Dome at Victoria Square, more than 70 landmarks worldwide will participate in the Light Up for Inclusion initiative, creating a global display of tolerance, respect and celebration of difference.

Major global landmarks participating in Light Up for Inclusion include: Niagra Falls in the USA and Canada, Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi and The Water Cube in Beijing. Landmarks that are lighting up in Ireland include, but are not limited to:

  1. Belfast City Hall
  2. The Dome Victoria Square, Belfast
  3. Cork City Hall
  4. Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross
  5. The Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo town
  6. eir Headquarters, 1HSQ, Dublin
  7. Civic Offices, Dublin
  8. Convention Centre, Dublin
  9. Mansion House, Dublin
  10. Carmichael House, Dublin

Browse the full list of Light Up for Inclusion landmarks around the world here.

Mary Davis, Special Olympics International CEO, said:

“Fifty years ago, in Chicago, Special Olympics began its mission to break down barriers and create a more inclusive world at the first ever International Summer Games.

“As we charge into the next 50 years with a renewed purpose of ending discrimination, we are encouraging people across the globe to join us and help create a fully inclusive world.”

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