Magherafelt businesses pledge support for Special Olympics

A LEADING local business and a number of schools in Magherafelt have pledged their support to the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day, which will take place on Friday (April 27).

Genesis Breads, based in Magherafelt, are one of the key partners for the charity’s Annual Collection Day and will mobilise their staff, alongside pupils and teachers from local schools, St Mary’s and Rainey Endowed at collection points across Magherafelt 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 across the island of Ireland.

Commenting on this year’s Annual Collection Day, Cathy Donaldson, HR officer, Genesis Breads said: “Genesis Breads is proud to partner with St Mary’s and Rainey Endowed to take part as volunteers in the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day on April 27th.

“We hope we can play our part in helping to make a real difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. We urge other businesses and individuals in the area to join us in supporting the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day.”

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 Genesis Breads, St Mary’s and Rainey Endowed is so important.”

Companies and individuals interested in getting involved or volunteering for the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day on Friday, April 27, can visit or phone 028 9023 9023 for more information.