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Rotary clubs raise huge sum for Special Olympics Ireland
• Matt English, chief executive of Special Olympics Ireland, and athlete Brian Keogh, from Leisureplex Bowling Club, Coolock, accept a cheque from Martin Mackey, left, branch manager Ulster Bank, Swords, Jack Cunningham, District Governor Rotary International Ireland and Rotarian Declan Tyner, right. PHOTO: SPORTSFILE

SPECIAL Olympics Ireland teamed up with Rotary International in Ireland last October for a novel fundraising drive to support its life changing work.  

The event resulted in over €45,000 being raised for Special Olympics Ireland. The cheque was handed over at a recent presentation. 

In County Dublin, the Rotary Clubs of Dublin Central, Fingal, Dublin North, Dublin Viking and Dublin raised funds.

Rotary Clubs across Ireland called on members of the public to donate any old currency Irish, British or foreign (coin and notes) they may have had during the month of October 2012.  

The Special Olympics ‘Currency Campaign’ encouraged people to gather up this old and foreign money and drop it into their local Ulster Bank, in unique Special Olympics bags. Rotary Clubs invited community groups, schools and clubs to collect the money.

A large coin collecting receptacle also visited companies such as RSA, Aon Insurance and Ulster Bank headquarters in order to encourage the business community to support the campaign.

Matt English, chief executive of Special Olympics Ireland, thanked the Rotary Clubs across Ireland for creating the imaginative fundraising campaign and also for the funds it raised for Special Olympics Ireland. 

“The generous support of the people who donated their old currency will ensure that our 11,000 athletes who are currently involved in the Special Olympics programme in Ireland can continue to reap the benefits of participation in sport in their local communities,” said Mr English. 

District Governor Jack Cunningham said: “Rotary International in Ireland is delighted to support the Special Olympics Ireland Currency Collection. 

“Our Rotary Clubs all over Ireland made a huge effort to ensure it was a great success for Special Olympics, an organisation that is truly worthy of our support.”

Mark Mackey, branch manager at Ulster Bank, Swords Pavilions, said: “Innovative ideas such as these go a long way to help fund charities and communities throughout the island of Ireland.”

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