Special Olympics Ireland’s annual collection day, sponsored by eircom, took place last Friday (26th April). 4,000 volunteers took to the streets of villages, towns and cities all over Ireland at over 200 collection points on the day. Special Olympics Ireland thanks the people of County Cork who supported Collection Day and the volunteers who collected in Clonakility, Cork City, Macroom, Mallow, Fermoy, Skibbereen, Kinsale, Bandon, Youghal, Cobh, Dunmanway, Charleville , Mitchelstown, Bantry and the Fermoy Toll Road.
By 7.30am on Friday, Special Olympics and Collection Day were trending on Twitter as collectors and donators across the country joined the conversation on social media about Collection Day. Newspapers and radio stations all over Ireland supported the day and their readers and listeners also came out in force to donate. Companies organised collector teams and coffee morning fundraisers and many of our Special Olympics clubs joined collection teams on various streets and other strategic locations.
Don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to donate to an on-street collector last Friday; you can still donate 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.
Speaking about the day, Matt English, CEO Special Olympics Ireland said “On behalf of Special Olympics Ireland, I would like to sincerely thank every single one of the 4,000 volunteers who went out to collect for us last Friday. Their dedication to Special Olympics is very much appreciated. I would also like to thank everyone who donated on the day, either by donating to an on street collector, texting to donate €2, donating at our website or by hosting a coffee morning. Every cent raised will go towards supporting our on-going programme of sports training and competition for people with an intellectual disability in their local community.”
“I would also like to extend thanks to eircom, sponsors of our Collection Day, for their continued support of Special Olympics Ireland. We are blessed to enjoy such a partnership with eircom which has already spanned almost thirty years. We thank them for delivering collection day buckets and signs across the country, hosting a breakfast event in their headquarters on the day, and we thank all the eircom staff members who volunteered to collect last Friday” he added.
For further information about Special Olympics Ireland please visit www.specialolympics.ie