Thousands of volunteers collecting funds for Special Olympics Ireland

More than 3,000 volunteers have taken to streets all over the country for Special Olympics Ireland.

The charity is hoping to raise more than €600,000 by the end of the national collection day.

All money collected goes directly into the sports programme for people with intellectual difficulties in 16 different sports.

People can also give €4 by texting 'Athlete' to 50300.

Volunteers have been talking with Newstalk's Henry McKean.

Collections are taking place right around the country.

Special Olympics Ireland has almost 8,872 registered athletes participating in 14 sports in 352 affiliated groups throughout the island of Ireland.

These athletes are supported by their families and a team of 25,000 volunteers who give of their time to help out at sporting and fundraising events.

- Digital Desk


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