Special Olympics Ireland have appealed to the public for their help in supporting their upcoming collection day next month.
Collections will be held throughout Ireland on April 20, and a total of 3,000 volunteers are requiredto help the charity raise €600,000 in vital funding.
The organisation is vital to those with special needs who are competing in sport, of whom there are more than 8,500 around Ireland.
The money raised on annual Collection Day will help the charity maintain and further develop crucial programmes that support these competitors.
Legendary GAA commentator and long-time supporter of the charity Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh has lent his voice to the campaign. In the coming weeks he will be heard across the airwaves calling for people to take to the streets and shake a bucket on April 20.
“The people of Ireland are amongst one of the most generous in the world, so whether it’s giving your time to volunteer on the day or giving your spare change into the on-street collection buckets on the 20th April, it all makes a huge difference in the future of some of Ireland’s most inspiring athletes," he said.
Volunteers, business and community groups are working hard to organise events like coffee mornings and sponsored walks in preparation for the upcoming collection day. Supermarkets, shops and streets will be full of Special Olympics volunteers and representatives, singing, shaking and smiling from 7:00am during one of the largest organised nationwide fundraising events of 2018.
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