Special Olympics Ireland is calling on the people of Donegal to get "Freezin’ for a Reason" by participating in their ‘coolest’ fundraising event of the year.
Donegal’s Polar Plunge will take place at Rathmullan Strand, Rathmullan from 1.30pm on December 10th.
Last year, hundreds of people including families, sports clubs, businesses and individuals turned out to take part in this unique fundraising event, bravely plunging into icy cold waters.
Special Olympics are hoping that this year’s event will be just as popular, so that much needed funds for the organisation and its athletes can be raised. The sports charity is gearing up to send 26 athletes to Austria next March, enabling them to compete in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017.
Speaking at the launch of the Polar Plunge, Special Olympics Ireland’s Ulster Regional Director, Shaun Cassidy said: “The Polar Plunge is a freezing but fun event which we hope the people of Co. Donegal and beyond will get behind. This special opportunity allows people to take part in a meaningful initiative during the season of good will. We would encourage everyone to sign up today to help raise funds for our inspirational athletes.”
Special Olympics Ireland provides sporting opportunities for over 9,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across 360 clubs all over Ireland.
Register at www.specialolympics.ie/ polarplunge.
Registration costs just €15 with plungers asked to raise an additional €35. The full €50 goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and competitions. Plungers who raise more than €50 will also receive a complimentary Polar Plunge t-shirt.
The Polar Plunge in Rathmullan is kindly supported by the Law Enforcement Torch Run
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