Wine-and-dine fundraiser for 2014 Special Olympics

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Padraic Frawley, Olivia O'Sullivan and Ralph Parkes launch the fundraiser. Picture: Sean Curtin.
THE build-up for the 2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games, which takes place in Limerick, is kicking off as sporting stars attend a wine-and-dine fundraiser, at the end of the month.

THE build-up for the 2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games, which takes place in Limerick, is kicking off as sporting stars attend a wine-and-dine fundraiser, at the end of the month.

The event, An Olympic Evening, will be hosted at the Cornstore Restaurant, on September 25, featuring representatives and icons from GAA, horse racing, rugby, soccer and more.

All proceeds from the night will go towards supporting Special Olympics Munster at the 2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games.

Amongst the well-known faces that will be attending the charity event are ambassadors David Wallace, who will act as the MC, and guest speaker Keith Wood.

Regional fundraising coordinator, Siobhán Nolan said it is a great opportunity for the public to meet and greet well-known sports stars.

“It is wonderful that we can toast the games returning to Limerick with a sports themed event. This is a superb opportunity for the people of Limerick to meet with our athletes and local sports celebrities and celebrate the fantastic sporting tradition in the region,” she said.

The fundraising evening is the first in the calendar of events scheduled to take part in Limerick, in preparation for the 2014 Games.

The four-day games, which starts on June 12, 2014, will see 1,500 athletes, 500 coaches along with 5,500 volunteers from all over the country.

Cornstore Restaurant owner, Paraic Frawley said there will be “big demand” for the event.

“We are delighted at the Cornstore to host the first Special Olympics fundraiser ahead of the Ireland Games next June. This event will be a fantastic night of celebration and will herald the start of another great year for Special Olympics in Limerick. We expect big demand for tickets and already there has been great interest in supporting the event.”