Help make cents for Special Olympics Ireland!

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(Monday 8th October 2012): Special Olympics Ireland has teamed up with Rotary International in Ireland for a novel fundraising drive to help fan the flame for its life changing work.

District Governor Rotary International in Ireland Jack Cunningham and Declan Tyner of Bishopstown Rotary Club are joined by Special Olympics athletes Jonathon Griffin and Alan Keady at the launch of Special Olympics Ireland’s Currency Collection Campaign in partnership with Rotary International in Ireland. For the month of October Special Olympics Ireland is calling on members of the public to donate old Irish and foreign currency to them. For further information please visit www.specialolympics.ie/coincampaign (Picture Kelvin Gillmor)

District Governor Rotary International in Ireland Jack Cunningham and Declan Tyner of Bishopstown Rotary Club are joined by Special Olympics athletes Jonathon Griffin and Alan Keady at the launch of Special Olympics Ireland’s Currency Collection Campaign in partnership with Rotary International in Ireland. For the month of October Special Olympics Ireland is calling on members of the public to donate old Irish and foreign currency to them. For further information please visit www.specialolympics.ie/coincampaign (Picture Kelvin Gillmor)

During the month of October Rotary International in Ireland is calling on their community networks (families, friends, schools, local business) to gather together currency from their holidays and travels, including Euro, Dollars, Sterling, Japanese Yen, Thai Baht or any old currencies and donate them to Special Olympics Ireland.

2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Euro currency in Europe. Many people still have some of the old coins and notes which are no longer in circulation such as Irish Punts, French Francs, Spanish Pesetas and Italian Lira. By donating any of these coins or notes to Special Olympics Ireland you will not only be ridding yourself of money that no longer has a function you will be making an invaluable difference to the lives of people with an intellectual disability throughout Ireland. For further information please visit www.specialolympics.ie/coincampaign or phone Mark on 01 869 1634.

Speaking about the initiative Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said “The Central Bank of Ireland estimates that over €300m worth of old Irish coin and notes still exist in households all over the country. Individually none of us are likely to have huge amounts of old currency but collectively, by donating what we do have will make an invaluable difference to Special Olympics Ireland”.

District Governor, Jack Cunningham said “Rotary International in Ireland is delighted to support the Special Olympics Ireland Currency Collection. During the month of October Rotary Clubs all over Ireland will be making a huge effort, to ensure that this is a great success for Special Olympics, an organisation that is truly worthy of our support”.

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