Posted on Friday 20 April 2012 by Ulster Business

Allstate SOU Collection Day 2

John Dunne, QA Analyst and Bro McFerran, MD Allstate join Special Olympics Ulster athletes Aodhan McNiece and Sean Irvine from All Stars Special Olympics Club in South Belfast to launch the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day

There is just one week left to register your company to take part in the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day, which will take place on April 27.

One of the local businesses which has pledged its support is Allstate, whose staff in Belfast and Strabane will be out in force at collection points to raise vital funds to support the sports charity’s work in the Ulster region.

As the fundraising drive is part of the wider Special Olympics Ireland Annual Collection Day, they will join hundreds of other volunteers north and south in a bid to raise one million pounds across the island of Ireland.

Bro McFerran, managing director, Allstate said: “Allstate is proud to fan the flame for Special Olympics Ulster’s Annual Collection Day by engaging our staff at each of our office locations in Northern Ireland to collect on April 27th. The charity provides excellent opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities across Northern Ireland to experience life-changing sports activities. We are thrilled to support this initiative and hope we can play our part in helping to make a real difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.”

The aim of the Collection Day is to raise funds to support the programme of sports training and competition opportunities offered by Special Olympics, so that every person with an intellectual disability has the opportunity to reap the rewards of participating in sport.

Shaun Cassidy, regional director, Special Olympics Ulster added: “Special Olympics Ulster currently supports over 2,043 athletes in Ulster, with year-round activities in 97 clubs across the region. Our Annual Collection Day on Friday 27th April is the biggest day in our fundraising calendar, which is why the support of Allstate is so important. It is thanks to the on-going support from our corporate partners and volunteers across Northern Ireland that we can raise vital funds that will allow us to continue to develop the Special Olympics programme across Ulster.”

Companies and individuals interested in getting involved or volunteering for the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day on Friday 27th April 2012 can visit www.specialolympics.ie/collectionday or phone 028 9023 9023 for more information.

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