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Former Ireland flanker David Wallace has called on the public to sign up for the Special Olympics fundraiser.

David Wallace and Christine Delaney get some running practice in.
David Wallace and Christine Delaney get some running practice in.
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FORMER IRELAND FLANKER David Wallace is calling on the Irish public to sign up and run for Special Olympics Ireland in the Great Limerick Run.

Wallace, who also played 197 times for Munster, will in attendance at the Great Limerick Run this May and is encouraging people of all fitness levels to get involved. The Special Olympics Ireland Games take place in Limerick this June.

The sporting charity is seeking to raise “much-needed” funds to go towards the running of an event that will feature more than 1,500 athletes and 3,000 volunteers. SOI will need to generate a substantial amount of the estimated €1.9m cost of the games through fundraising.

Wallace will be joined at this year’s run by Newstalk presenter Chris Donoghue, Special Olympics’ chairperson Mary Davis and Irish model Kamal Ibrahim, who won Mr World in 2010. The upcoming events have added to ‘the real buzz’ around Limerick at present, says Wallace.

Wallace, who is a member of the SOI board of directors, commented, “I would really appeal to people to show their support to the 1,500 athletes travelling here in June from all over Ireland by signing up for the Great Limerick Run in May and taking a fundraising pack. Every single euro raised will go towards helping to make the Games a success.”

Last year, some 11,000 people took part in the Great Limerick Run. There are a number of options for people at various fitness levels, including marathon, half marathon, six-mile, kids’ fun run and marathon team relay.


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