You may be tired of hearing about Special Olympics but lucky for the 4,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their families – I’m not tired of looking for help. The reason is straightforward. Way too often children and adults with intellectual disabilities are overlooked, marginalized and isolated in our communities.
Special Olympics goes a long way to rectifying that by providing an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, developmental programs and health screenings. Just as importantly, for many of our athletes Special Olympics provides the only connection to the community at large. It’s where they make friends. As one of our athletes said, "before I joined Special Olympics I didn't know there were other people like me."
I think it's safe to say that for the vast majority of our athletes our programs end their isolation, build their self-esteem and have a profound impact on the quality of their lives and their families.
This is where you come in.
Once again I am participating in The Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament. (Why do I feel I should apologize in advance to all golfers?)
It’s one of only two public fundraisers in the year and hence is essential in enabling Special O to provide programs for kids as young as two. Obviously not everyone can participate in the golf tournament but we can all help by supporting bidding in our online auction.
It runs for only a week and closes on Thursday, June 28th. You can bid right through the evening when the auction closes. Not really different than if you were there, except you won’t have to hear me whine about my golf or see me in Laderhosen.
Here’s some sample auction items …
100 oz silver bar, 2 tickets to the 2018 Grey Cup in Edmonton, Monster DNA Carbon Headphones, 4 tickets to Bard on the Beach, 3 bottles of Terroir Wine, Chateau Whistler stay and golf – and so many more.
Warning: Ozzie’s got his eye on the Power Wheels 6 volt Corvette – and you will definitely be bidding against me on lots of other items – why? Because Special O athletes and their families deserve our support.
Click here to go to the auction site – and please start bidding.
Many thanks, Mike
Thanks for reading this – and I hope you can find the time to help out. Just bid anytime – day or night right through the auction on June 28th (ending about 7:45 PDT)