Special Olympics Ireland and Gala Retail want people to get freezin’ for a reason!

Special Olympics Ireland and Gala Retail want people to get freezin’ for a reason!

Long-term sponsor of Special Olympics Ireland, Gala Retail, has announced its support of this year’s Polar Plunge, assisting in the promotion of the event and funding branded merchandise for registered participants to help make this year’s event bigger and better than ever.

The event will help to raise much needed funds for Special Olympics athletes to help them get back to the clubs and sport they love.

Gala Retail joined international soccer player and Special Olympics ambassador Stephanie Roche to help launch the Polar Plunge supported by Gala Retail which will take place at Sandycove Pier on December 4 at 11am, as well as taking place virtually from December 10 to 12, allowing participants to take on the challenge at their own local pool, beach or lake.

Speaking at the launch , CEO of Gala Retail, Gary Desmond, said: “As a platinum sponsor of Special Olympics Ireland, Gala Retail is thrilled to extend our partnership to support the Polar Plunge this year.

“Having focused so much on isolating over the past 18 months, we hope to see a community of plungers taking part in the event at Sandycove or taking part virtually at their own local beach, pier, pool or lake; nominating others on social media, raising funds for Special Olympics Ireland and making this the biggest Polar Plunge ever!”

Those who think they are brave enough to take on the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. A donation of €25 will gain you access to the ‘coolest’ event of the year, as well as an exclusive Polar Plunge T-shirt.

People can also take part virtually in the Polar Plunge, by signing up online, sharing their plunges and nominating friends to take part on social media. All proceeds will go towards helping Special Olympics athletes get back on the pitch, pool or court as they strive to get back to training and their friends in their clubs.



Caption: In attendance during the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Sandycove Pier in Dublin is International Striker and Peamont United footballer Stephanie Roche, second from left, alongside ‘Bear Chillis’ and CEO of Gala Retail Gary Desmond and Special Olympics athletes, from left, Lorcan Tully, Eoin Tully and Edel Armstrong. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile