3,000 volunteers needed to help Special Olympics Ireland raise €500,000 in vital funding 

Special Olympics Ireland athletes recently returned home from Abu Dhabi after a successful campaign at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games but their work doesn’t stop there. For thousands of athletes, the training is continuing, in clubs right across Ireland, as they work towards regional, national and international competition.

Pictured (L-R): Volunteers from eir prepare to support Special Olympics Ireland on Collection Day on Friday 5 April. 

3,000 volunteers are needed, right across Ireland, to help the charity raise over €500,000 in vital funding. Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability. Close to 8,000 athletes benefit from the sports training programmes and competitions provided by Special Olympics Ireland in clubs throughout the country every day. The money raised on annual Collection Day will help the charity maintain and further develop these crucial programmes.

Brendan McNiece is a long-standing volunteer from Special Olympics Ireland who has just returned from lending his support at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi. He said: “Having seen first-hand the success of our athletes in Abu Dhabi, I am proud to once again be lending my support to Special Olympics Ireland on Collection Day and supporting our future champions.

“I would strongly encourage other people to join with me, even if just for an hour, on 5 April, as this support will be invaluable to athletes across the country.”

Michelle Toner, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, eir added: “2019 is an incredibly important year for Special Olympics Ireland. Team Ireland made us all proud by bringing home 86 medals from the World Games in Abu Dhabi. On Friday 5th April, eir employees will show their appreciation by shaking buckets in towns across Ireland and hosting fundraising bake sales and events for our charity partner. If you can’t volunteer on Friday, you can still play your part by donating when you see a volunteer in one of 600 locations on Collection Day”

Volunteers, business and community groups are working hard to organise events like coffee mornings and sponsored walks in preparation for the upcoming collection day. Supermarkets, shops and streets will be full of Special Olympics volunteers and representatives, singing, shaking and smiling from 7am this Friday, in what will be one of the largest organised nationwide fundraising events of 2019.

Special Olympics Ireland Annual Collection Day is kindly supported by eir.

Visit www.specialolympics.ie to volunteer today.

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