Shaws partnership with Special Olympics Ireland

Shaws have proudly partnered with Special Olympics Ireland in raising funds to ensure that all people with an Intellectual Disability, aged 4 years and up, have access to sports within their community. Currently almost 8,000 athletes from across the island of Ireland participate in 15 different sports through Special Olympics. Through Special Olympics sports, health, and leadership programmes athletes learn to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit. They get to learn new skills, increase confidence and most importantly they get to experience the joy of sport and make life-long friendships!

This Summer, from the 17th to the 25th of June, Berlin Germany will host the world's largest inclusive sporting event - The Special Olympics World Summer Games. 7,000 Special Olympics athletes, 9,000 family members and 20,000 volunteers from 190 nations will descend on Berlin to create an inclusive society, driven by the power of sport. We are delighted to announce that Special Olympics Ireland will send a team of 73 athletes, supported by a 34 strong coaching and management team to compete in 12 sports at this prestigious event. This is an opportunity for Irish athletes to showcase their undeniable talent, courage, and unwavering determination on a world stage. The Special Olympics movement is committed to creating a world where every person, regardless of their ability or disability, is accepted, welcomed and valued - and Shaws Department stores are committed to helping Special Olympics achieve this goal.

Our charity partnership activity began with an Easter Bake Sale, that took place in Shaws stores nationwide on April 7th & 8th, 2023. We would like to thank all of our customers that stopped by to try some of the amazing bakes created by our staff and to those who helped make Special Olympics athletes dream a reality by donating in-store or online. To celebrate the of the start of the Berlin World games, we will run a week of digital donations through our till and QR code from June 17th to 25th, 2023.   

We will be #UnbeatableTogether!