In the bid to raise money for Special Olympics Ireland, members of An Garda Síochána are teaming up with athletes and serving up thousands of donuts for the good cause.
The ‘Cops on Donuts’ initiative will see volunteers set up a custom-made stand in Waterford city tomorrow in a bid to sell 3,000 delicious donuts.
Sergeant Gavin Hegarty said gardaí are hoping to raise awareness of and funds for the Special Olympics as part of their commitment to the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
“This is the first year the event is being held in Waterford and we are delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause and raising much needed funds in the process,” he said.
Waterford native and gold medal-winning Special Olympics athlete John Deavy, who represented Team Ireland at the World Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles last summer, will also be in the city to lend a hand.
The Special Olympics fundraiser, which originated in the US, has already been a huge success in Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, and Kilkenny.
“‘Cops on Donuts’ was held in Thurles and Cork over the last few weeks and it will be held in Kilkenny again this week so it’s great to see Waterford taking part in this event like the other counties,” Sergeant Hegarty said.
The donuts cost €2 for two or €5 for a box of six and Sergeant Hegarty is confident that the local community will come out in force to support the Special Olympics fundraiser.
“The profits are in support of the athletes who attend the national and world games every four years and I’m sure the donuts will entice plenty of people,” he said.
This is just one of many fundraising events for Special Olympics Ireland, according to Sgt Hegarty who is also a committee member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Polar Plunge, which was held earlier this month, saw gardaí and GAA players “freezin’ for a reason” as they dipped into a swimming pool filled with icy cold water in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.
‘Cops on Donuts’ will take place at the Winterval Festival in John Roberts Square, Waterford, from 10am to 5pm tomorrow.