4,000 VOLUNTEERS TO SHAKE BUCKETS
FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND TODAY!
Special Olympics Ireland’s annual Collection Day, sponsored by eircom, takes place throughout Ireland today (Friday, 26th April, 2013).
The Collection Day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. The money raised will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise its promise of offering people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area.
4,000 volunteers will take to the streets in cities, towns and villages all over Ireland today to shake their buckets and collect for Special Olympics Ireland. From Skibbereen to Sligo, Dublin to Donegal, Wexford Town to Westport, and
everywhere in between, they will collect donations in more than 200 different locations throughout the country from 7am – 7pm today.
The public can support Special Olympics on the day by donating to one of the on-street collectors or by texting the word SPECIAL to 50300 to donate €2. (100% of the €2 donation will go to Special Olympics Ireland). Donations can also be made on-line at www.specialolympics.ie.
Many companies have gathered teams of volunteers together to collect in local business parks and many more companies have organised corporate coffee mornings to raise funds.
Jim Barry, Chairman of Special Olympics Ireland’s Collection Day committee said: “We have a wonderful and committed volunteer force, who have given so generously of their time today to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland. Every single cent donated will go straight to Special Olympics so that they can continue to change the lives of people with an intellectual disability throughout Ireland”.
Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland added, “This is our biggest annual fundraising drive and I would urge everyone to give what they can to support us. The generous support of the Irish public means that our 11,000 athletes who are currently involved in the Special Olympics programme here in Ireland can continue reap the benefits of participation in sport in their local communities. With your help, we can all give our athletes a winning chance.”
Carolan Lennon, Chief Commercial Officer, eircom said “eircom is very proud to continue to sponsor the Special Olympics Ireland Collection Day. It is a truly worthy cause which provides fantastic support for the athletes. Funds raised on Collection Day help the athletes achieve their sporting dreams; so I am encouraging everyone to come out and support the day either by giving their time to collect or by donating. I and many of my eircom colleagues from around the country will be out supporting such a deserving cause again this year”.
Throughout the day, Special Olympics Ireland and the volunteers will keep everyone up to date with their collection by tweeting and posting on facebook. Follow their progress at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsIreland, and Twitter (@SOIreland #CollectionDay).
Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realise their dreams, and know they can fit in. There are currently approximately 11,000 athletes in Special Olympics Ireland who train in over 400 clubs with the help of 25,000 volunteers, throughout the country. For further information about Special Olympics Ireland please visit www.specialolympics.ie.