Special Olympics Ireland cancels Annual Collection Day
The Special Olympics Annual Collection Day takes place each April and is our flagship event, raising a third of the organisation’s annual fundraised income in one day. Normally each April, towns and cities across the island of Ireland are flooded with Special Olympics volunteers but this year we are left with no choice but to cancel the fundraising day due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Whilst this was a tough decision for the charity from a financial aspect, it was an easy one when we thought about the health and well-being of our volunteers.” said Matt English, CEO, Special Olympics Ireland. “We want to sincerely thank the volunteers, companies, community groups and schools who had already committed to supporting this important fundraising day. Safeguarding the health of our athletes, families, volunteers, supporters and staff continues to be our priority and we wish them well during these challenging times.”
Special Olympics Ireland supports nearly 8,000 children and adults with an intellectual disability across the island of Ireland. Whilst the network of community based Special Olympics Clubs are currently closed, we are working hard to find creative ways to reach out to athletes to ensure they remain physically, mentally and emotionally fit during these challenging times.
Special Olympics Ireland is supporting athletes, families and volunteers through the provision of inspiring digital content targeted at health and safety messaging and physical fitness to help keep people safe during these difficult times. Many volunteers and clubs are also adapting and starting to provide online exercise classes and opportunities for athletes and volunteers to connect virtually.
Special Olympics would like to extend its praise and thanks to all the front-line NHS and HSE staff aswell as primary care workers for their bravery and dedication in continuing to provide essential services at this time.