Datapac sponsors Special Olympics Ireland for €400K

1 Sep 2010

ICT solutions provider Datapac has renewed its sponsorship of Special Olympics Ireland with a €400,000 five-year commitment.

This deal follows the success of the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick, where Datapac donated a €150,000 managed print solution.

The company will provide the all-Ireland logistics and warehousing requirements of Special Olympics Ireland’s year-long sports, training and competition programme.

Special Olympics Ireland was founded in 1978 and has more than 430 clubs, which is growing throughout Ireland. It trains more than 11,000 athletes and has 22,000 volunteers working for them.

It provides Olympic-type sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It hosts events nationwide in 13 Olympic sports categories.

Datapac will handle the all the logistics, both project managing and financing the operation until 2015.

Datapac will also work closely with Special Olympics Ireland staff members and the volunteer network to co-ordinate the warehousing and delivery of all Special Olympic Ireland’s inventory.

Datapac’s participation in Special Olympics Ireland

Recently, Datapac supported the 2006 Special Olympics Ireland Games in Belfast and the 2010 Special Olympic Ireland Games in Limerick, where it operated a seven-day week logistics centre over a five-week period and distributed more than 345,000 items.

“We rely on the goodwill and generosities of Irish businesses to help us positively change the lives of people with disabilities in this country,” said Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland.

“We’re thrilled that Datapac continues to be part of the Special Olympics Ireland family. For almost a decade, it has shown a commitment and passion for our organisation that is rarely seen in corporate sponsorship.”

“It’s with great pride that we announce our ongoing relationship with Special Olympics Ireland to 2015,” said Patrick Kickham, director of Datapac.

“Over the past nine years, I’ve witnessed the life-changing impact of the Special Olympics on the lives of the athletes and their families. 

“At Datapac, we’re grateful for the opportunity to use our facilities, financial resources and expertise to contribute in whatever way we can to such an essential and worthy organisation,” said Kickham.