Dun Laoghaire Golf Club supports Special Olympics Ireland with Captain’s Charity Day fundraiser
€20,000 was raised to benefit Special Olympics Ireland programmes, clubs and athletes across Ireland through a Captain’s Charity Day at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on 30 April.
The event had a focus on inclusion, with the traditional golfing action taking place alongside a range of activities catering to all ages and abilities – such as bowling, bridge, an online auction and raffle, a putting competition, and family fun with a magician, storyteller and face-painter.
Athletes from Tivoli Hills Special Olympics Club were involved in handing out goodie bags, with Tivoli Hills founder Barbara Dillon taking the lead.
The event was presided over by Ladies’ Club Captain Sarah Courtney, who chose Special Olympics Ireland as her charity of choice, and Men’s Club Captain Barry Homan, who chose to support Temple Street which received the other €20,000 raised from the event.
The event was organised through the efforts of the Captain’s Charity Committee which included Ruth Mongey as chair, Shelagh Cunningham, Irene Brennan, Des Mulcair, Conor Patton and Sheila Vaughan.
Special Olympics Ireland CEO Matt English expressed his sincere gratitude and privilege to play golf on the day alongside Treasurer Donal Courtney, Senior Operations Director Jo McDaid, and Head of Corporate Partnerships at Special Olympics Ireland Denis Maher. Later Matt attended a cheque presentation for the funds raised, and expressed his thanks for the fantastic work put in to making the event such a success, and for the positive impact that the very significant amount of funds raised would have on the athletes, families, volunteers and clubs that make Special Olympics Ireland what it is, a thriving grass-roots sports organisation for persons with an intellectual disability and much more besides.