VIDEO - David Wallace calls for Special Olympics support

Aine Fitzgera


Aine Fitzgera

RUGBY legend David Wallace is calling on Limerick people to run for Special Olympics Ireland in the upcoming Great Limerick Run to help raise funds for the summer Games and ensure it is an event “that everybody can be very proud of”.

David who played for Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, said the return of the Special Olympics Ireland Games to Limerick this June was a “fantastic boost” for the city.

But, he added that in order to cover the estimated €1.9m total cost of the Games, the sports charity needs to generate substantial money through fundraising.

“From a Special Olympics perspective it is very important because the Games will cost around €2m to run,” David explained.

“Obviously, they have to ensure that up to 1,500 athletes and 3,000 volunteers can come along and have a great time and make it a success for Special Olympics, the athletes and everyone involved, and also for Limerick.”

Well established as a highlight on the national sporting and social calendar, this year’s Great Limerick Run takes place on Sunday, May 4 through the streets of Limerick.

“Whether it’s through volunteering for the Games or running for Special Olympics in the Barrington’s Great Limerick Run, there are lots of ways that people can get involved and show their support,” David continued.

“Obviously the more people who do come out and raise money for the Olympics will obviously improve the whole event and make it something that everybody can be very proud of in the summer”.

Are you taking part in or considering running the Great Limerick Run? David Wallace is calling on you to join Team Special Olympics and run along with us by taking a sponsorship pack to support our upcoming #SOILimerickGames in June.

For more see the Great Limerick Run website or Special Olympics online.