Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day 2016. – Pictured above Brian O’ Callaghan and his son Paudraig.
Friday, April 22 is Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day. This is the biggest annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland; they need 3,000 volunteers, to take to the streets in every community throughout Ireland to help them raise €650,000 in just 24 hours. Longstanding sponsor eir and Special Olympics Ireland recently met with some of the dedicated volunteers from across Ireland and asked them to share their volunteering story.
Limerick volunteer Brian O’Callaghan became involved with Special Olympics after the birth of his son, Padraig: “I’ve made lifelong friends, the Special Olympics family is very strong and the bond between all the volunteers is amazing. Disability should not mean inability and it’s up to each and every one of us to enable these athletes to reach their true potential.”
Special Olympics Ireland is first and formost a sports rganistion for people with intellectual disabilities. However it provides athletes with far more than physical benefits of sport. Special Olympics Ireland is about fun, friendships and team spirit. It is about a feeling of belonging and ultimately improving quality of life. To help continue their support to people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Ireland need people to et involved on April 22.
Special Olympics Ireland is committed to developing their services so that every Irish person with an intellectual disability has the option of joining a club and participating in sport in their local community. With 9,100 registered athletes participating in 15 sports in 360 clubs around Ireland, every cent counts for Special Olympics. Volunteer support is needed in every country, both North and South of Ireland.
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