Ireland's Olympics boxers have come out in support of Special Olympics Ireland ahead of the charity's annual Collection Day on Friday April 22nd, where volunteers will take to towns and villages around Donegal to help raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland.

The boxers - who rank as some of Ireland's most promising medal hopes at this summer's Rio Olympics - welcomed athletes from Team Ireland to the Irish Athletic Boxing Association's (IABA) High Performance Boxing Unit in Dublin. Special Olympics Ireland and Irish Olympic Boxers are calling on the people of Wicklow to show their support on the day by volunteering at one of Wicklow's collection points - Wicklow Town, Blessington and Baltinglass.
Irish boxing heroes - Ulster native Paddy Barnes, London 2012 boxing captain Darren O'Neill, World Light-Heavyweight silver Medallist Joe Ward, Adam Nolan and David Oliver Joyce were thrilled to meet with Special Olympic World athlete medallists - footballer Mark Duffy (31) from Tallaght, Dublin.
Special Olympics are committed to developing their services so that every Irish person with an intellectual disability has the option of joining a club in their local community. With 9,100 registered athletes participating in 15 sports in 360 clubs around Ireland, every cent counts for Special Olympics. Thanks to the popularity of the Special Olympics programme, there aren't many towns in Wicklow that do not boast a club in their locality - and the county currently has 278 athletes training in 8 clubs.
Liz Callery, Regional Director Special Olympics Eastern Region said "This is our biggest annual fundraising event of the year. If you can commit to the full day or even just an hour on Friday April 22nd, please come out and support Special Olympics Ireland at a collection point near you. Every donation we receive on April 22nd will help to us to continue our mission of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability." Throughout the day, Special Olympics Ireland and the volunteers will keep everyone up to date with their collection by tweeting and posting on social media. Follow their progress at www.facebook.com/specialolympicsireland and Twitter (@SOIreland) For further information about Special Olympics Ireland's collection day please visit www.specialolympics.ie/collectionday and to volunteer for the full day or even just an hour please contact Karen Treacy at Special Olympics Eastern region on 087 913 8299 or email karen.treacy@specialolympics.ie.