Today is a special day for Special Olympics Ireland and we can all as individuals play our part.

The National Collection Day kicked off with 4,000 volunteers in 600 locations up and down Ireland looking to break a target of €500,000.

Our athletes recently returned home from Abu Dhabi after a successful campaign at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games but their work doesn’t stop there. For thousands of athletes, the training is continuing, in clubs right across Ireland, as they work towards regional, national and international competition.

Special Olympics Ireland brings hope, joy and physical activity to over 8,000 people with an intellectual disability and their families.

They take part in sports training programmes and competitions provided by Special Olympics Ireland in clubs throughout the country every day. The money raised on annual Collection Day will help the charity maintain and further develop these crucial programmes.

“Following the immense success of Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, 2019 is a particularly special year as Special Olympics Ireland,” said Michelle Toner, Head of Corporate Responsibility at eir.

“This charity has improved life for tens of thousands of athletes and their families throughout the decades.”

“We in eir will be out in force, from Belfast through to Cork, doing what we can to help raise money for Special Olympics Ireland. If you can’t volunteer, you can still help by donating when you see a volunteer in one of 600 locations on Collection Day.”

Volunteers, business and community groups are working hard to organise events like coffee mornings and sponsored walks for Collection Day. Supermarkets, shops and streets will be full of Special Olympics volunteers and representatives, singing, shaking and smiling from 7 am this morning, in what will be one of the largest organised nationwide fundraising events of 2019.

You can donate in person to one of Special Olympics Ireland’s thousands of volunteers today, online at or by Texting Athlete to 50300 to donate €4 to Special Olympics Ireland.

Please do so. It can make the most enormous difference in people’s lives.

Watch today’s Daily Video for why that is.

In the coming weeks, Sport for Business will be forming a Special Interest Group from within our Membership looking at ‘The Ability in Disability’. If you would like to be a part of that group contact us today quoting Ability in Disability and let’s talk.