Special Olympics Ireland has launched its virtual annual fundraiser which aims to raise €200,000 this month in support of the work it does with 7,351 athletes across the country.

The annual bucket collection was a victim of the pandemic last year but transformed into the ‘Can’t Stop Now’ campaign and that is also the theme of 2021 with a number of athletes’ individual stories highlighted.

From Sophia and her parents with the Titanic Tigers Special Olympic Club to Rian in Dundrum and Emily in Newtownabbey, the work of bringing sport into the lives of children and adults with an intellectual disability goes on.

Their stories are central to how Special Olympics is getting the word out this year, backed by sports stars from the own area like Stephenie Roche who met Rian yesterday in Dublin to help get the campaign up and running.

“The way things have been in the country this past year has been very difficult for charities like Special Olympics,” she said. The help they give to athletes and clubs is very special and the ask is that we can give what we can to enable that to carry on.”

It is easy to donate through the campaign page, or why not set up a fundraiser yourself. Anyone who has seen the joy that comes from an ability to play sport that most of us would simply take for granted, as well as the time that goes into training, preparation and competition would surely feel this was a good way to start the month.



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