Wednesday 26 July 2017

Video: Watch inspiring, heartwarming footage of Ireland's Special Olympics heroes

Pictured with Anna Geary are Connacht Special Olympic athletes Aine Naughton, left, and Ann Brennan at Kilternan Ski Slope & Loughlinstown Activity Centre in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile
Pictured with Anna Geary are Connacht Special Olympic athletes Aine Naughton, left, and Ann Brennan at Kilternan Ski Slope & Loughlinstown Activity Centre in Dublin. Photo: Sportsfile

"Through sport athletes exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life."

Just one of the many powerful messages the Special Olympics portrayed in an inspiring video to promote their athletes today as they embark on a mission to raise much-needed funds.

Camogie legend Anna Geary has urged the public to get behind Special Olympics on what is the sport charity’s nationwide Collection Day (FRI).

Geary, a highly decorated GAA star, is backing Special Olympics Ireland’s big Collection Day, which is proudly supported by longtime sponsor eir. eir employees will be helping with collections around the country, while players from the WGPA will also be out in force around the country today supporting the fundraising efforts.

 Every cent counts for Special Olympics today as the charity seeks to raise €650,000 in just 24 hours. The money will be used to support the programme of sports and training that Special Olympics offers to 9,100 athletes in 360 clubs around the country. 3,000 volunteers will be collecting in 250 locations all over Ireland and shaking buckets over the course of the today (FRI).

3,000 volunteers are out in force across Ireland today
3,000 volunteers are out in force across Ireland today

Special Olympics long-time corporate sponsor eir, is supporting the charity as the premier sponsor of the Collection Day once again this year.

Carolan Lennon, Wholesale Managing Director open eir said: “Collection Day is the main fundraising initiative for Special Olympics Ireland. This day will bring in vital funds for the charity, ensuring they can continue to offer their sports and training services in cities, towns and villages all across Ireland. eir employees, from Belfast to Cork, will be on the streets in their local communities raising much needed funds for Special Olympics Ireland.

“That money will ensure that Special Olympics Ireland continues to meet their central objective. That every person in Ireland, with an intellectual disability, has the opportunity to participate in sport, to develop new skills, make new friends, and become the best they can be,” she added.

The WGPA isn’t the only sports organisation to show its support for Special Olympics this Collection Day. The Gaelic Players Association and the Irish Athletic Boxing Assocation have also added their support to the fundraising efforts. Aer Lingus, a longtime supporter of Special Olympics, will also run collections on 185 flights today in support of Collection Day. 

At the announcement to mark the new partnership between the GPA and Special Olympics Ireland to promote National Collection Day on April 22nd, are Sheera Delaney, from Sutton, Co. Dublin, with Kerry footballer Peter Crowley. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
At the announcement to mark the new partnership between the GPA and Special Olympics Ireland to promote National Collection Day on April 22nd, are Sheera Delaney, from Sutton, Co. Dublin, with Kerry footballer Peter Crowley. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Matt English, CEO with Special Olympics Ireland, added: “Special Olympics is truly fortunate to have such fantastically loyal and dedicated supporters, from volunteers out shaking buckets to businesses from the corporate world such as eir and Aer Lingus to whom we are very grateful for their on-going support. It is also heartening for everyone at Special Olympics to have the Women’s Gaelic Players Association, the Gaelic Players Assocation and the Irish Athletic Boxing Association support us this Collection Day.

"I am hoping that the general public comes out to support us in whatever way they can this Collection Day. Every single euro really does make a difference to our athletes."

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