Paralympics Ireland are raising funds to send their athletes to Rio and need your help

A Crowdfunding campaign has been launched

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Ireland's Paralympians are preparing for the Games this fall in Rio, but many are without the vital support they need.

As part of their 'More Than Sport’ campaign, Paralympics Ireland has today launched a new crowdfunding campaign in a bid to raise funds ahead of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games which will kick off in exactly six weeks’ time.

The campaign, launched earlier this year, aims to raise €25,000 in funds in order to help support their athletes.

"Ireland’s Paralympic athletes are more than elite athletes with a disability," said Patrick Haslett, commercial director at Paralympics Ireland. "They are extraordinary sportspeople and ambassadors who deserve the nation’s support.

"While state funding provided €1.28 million for Paralympics Ireland this year, the cost of leading Team Ireland to Rio 2016 is enormous. We’re asking the Irish public to help us on our way to raising an additional €500,000 overall in 2016 so that we can fully support Irish Paralympic athletes on their quest for success.

"Proceeds from this crowdfunding campaign and earlier fundraising events will go towards final team preparations including athlete coaching and travel costs and sports-science/medical support and competitive kit. All support will help our athletes deliver their absolute best in competition."

Ireland will have 46 athletes across 10 sports competing at the Games and will be based in Uberlandia. The Opening Ceremony for the Games kicks off on Wednesday, September 7th.

You can pledge your support for the athletes and access the crowdfunding campaign and corresponding rewards by clicking here.