Communities Across Northern Ireland Called on to Support Special Olympics Collection Day on Friday 5th May


Special Olympics is calling on communities across Northern Ireland to help transform lives through sport and support their biggest annual fundraiser on Friday May 5th.

Close to 1000 volunteers will take to the streets across Northern Ireland for Special Olympics Ulster’s Collection Day 2017, as the charity seeks to raise £75,000 in a single day.

The initiative is part of the wider Special Olympics Ireland Collection Day, which will see over 3000 volunteers take to the streets of towns and cities across Ireland.

On Collection Day, local supporters are asked to give they can to the on-street volunteers at 100 collection points across the Ulster region, or donate online at

Special Olympics is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability. It gives children and adults the chance to train in a chosen sport, improve their quality of life, demonstrate courage, experience joy and share long lasting friendships. The organisation also provides an invaluable network of friendship and support for the families of athletes

Commenting ahead of Collection Day, Shaun Cassidy, Regional Director, Special Olympics Ulster said:This is our biggest annual fundraising event of the year. We’re asking people come out and support Special Olympics by donating what they can to our volunteers that will be manning collection points across Northern Ireland.  Every donation we receive on May 5th will help Special Olympics in providing a year-round sports programme to athletes across the Ulster region. Full details are available on our website,”.

Special Olympics Ireland’s Collection Day is once again proudly supported by eir. On May 5th eir employees will join volunteers in towns and villages right across the country to raise vital funds for Special Olympics.

Carolan Lennon Managing Director open eir:We have proudly worked alongside Special Olympics Ireland since 1985 and we have seen first-hand the difference this organisation makes to thousands of athletes, and their families, every single day. Special Olympics Ireland positively transforms lives through sport and this is only possible because of the support of people throughout Ireland on Collection Day.

For further information about Special Olympics Ulster’s Collection Day and to donate online, visit  People can also help to spread the word on twitter by tweeting @SO_Ulster or using the hashtag, #CollectionDay.

Q Radio Breakfast hosts Cate Conway and Stephen Clements join Special Olympics athlete, Alfie Moore (7) to call upon the public to support the charity’s annual Collection Day this Friday, May 5th. Close to 1000 volunteers will be out in force across Ulster with a single aim: to raise £75,000 in just 24 hours to help transform lives through sport across Northern Ireland. Special Olympics supports almost 2000 registered athletes who participate in 13 sports in 72 clubs across Ulster and the funds raised from their biggest annual fundraising event will go towards developing the sports, competitions and health programmes available to all Special Olympics Ulster athletes. For further information about Special Olympics Ulster’s Collection Day and to donate online, visit People can also help to spread the word on twitter by tweeting @SO_Ulster or using the hashtag, #CollectionDay.
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