FPM Chartered Accountants kick start Special Olympics annual collection day

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Down star Danny Hughes joins Feargal McCormack of FPM and Special Olympics athletes Gary Hanratty, Veronica Donnelly, Joyce Haughian from City Strikers Bowling Club, Jonathan Evans from Crossmaglen; Katrina Magee from Burren and Rebecca Devlin from Hilltown (all members of Dippers and Divers Swimming Club, Newry) ahead of the Special Olympics Ulster’s Annual Collection Day on Friday 27th April.

A leading local business is one of a number of local companies across Northern Ireland pledging its support to the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day, which will take place this Friday, 27th April 2012. Staff from FPM Chartered Accountants, based in Newry, will be out in force at collection points across the city to raise vital funds to support the sports charity 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. 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. Speaking to Newry Times about this year’s Annual Collection Day, Feargal McCormack, managing partner, FPM Chartered Accountants said, “FPM Chartered Accountants are proud to fan the flame for Special Olympics Ulster’s Annual Collection Day. The charity provides excellent opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities across Northern Ireland to experience life-changing sports activities. As a long-running patron of the charity, I know first-hand the excellent work carried out by Special Olympics Ulster in Newry and across the Ulster region.” Feargal added, “Our staff are very much looking forward to volunteering to collect 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, sports clubs and individuals in the area to join us in supporting the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day,” 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 FPM Chartered Accountants is so important. It is thanks to the on-going support from our corporate partners and volunteers across Northern Ireland that we can raise vital funds that will allow us to continue to develop the Special Olympics programme across Ulster.” Companies and individuals interested in getting involved or volunteering for the Special Olympics Ulster Annual Collection Day on Friday 27th April 2012 can visit www.specialolympics.ie/collectionday or phone 028 9023 9023 for more information.
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