The organisation has almost 8,872 registered athletes
Over 3,000 volunteers are out on the streets today to help support Special Olympics Ireland.
Collectors will be in over 600 locations as part of its annual collection day.
It is the biggest fundraising day of the year, and aims to raise over €620,000.
People can also give €4 by texting 'Athlete' to 50300.
Join me on @PatKennyNT @NewstalkFM for the Special Olympics Annual Collection Day. Remember to put money in the @SOIreland bucket or Text Athlete to 50300 to donate €4 #CollectionDay pic.twitter.com/jnjrvbTGEW— Henry McKean (@HenryMcKean) April 20, 2018
Athlete Fiona Byrne has been talking with Newstalk's Henry McKean:
Collections are taking place right around the country:
Volunteer Collector Tiarnan Ahearne pictured with his delighted first donor of the day at Sweeney's @CentraIRL in Ratoath. Thanks to all the students from @ratoathcollege for helping us out in #Ratoath today for our #CollectionDay #playyourpart pic.twitter.com/WiAcxwktie— SOLeinster (@SOLeinster) April 20, 2018
Special Olympics Ireland has almost 8,872 registered athletes participating in 14 sports in 352 affiliated groups throughout the island of Ireland.
These athletes are supported by their families and a team of 25,000 volunteers who give of their time to help out at sporting and fundraising events.