The Special Olympics

Many in the West End will be aware that, in October, amongst the 159 British Athletes with learning disabilities and 50 coaches, who will be travelling to China to represent the UK in the Special Olympics World Summer Games, will be Andrew Gray, aged 28, from the West End. Andrew is one of the aquatic athletes. You can go to the Special Olympics Team GB website by clicking on the headline above.

Participation in the games is ‘self funded’ and the Tayside Special Olympics group has been actively fundraising. Already, the Lord Provost and the Economic Development Department have kindly donated Dundee civic gifts to be presented to the host “families” in Shanghai, who will be providing accommodation for Andrew and the other participants.

The Tayside Special Olympics has a considerable shortfall between the projected outlay for the trip and the monies they have managed to raise to date, and I’ve been helping with a wee bit of fundraising myself, along an appeal to the other Dundee councillors, community groups and others, who are always great at helping a worthwhile cause.

It is really great to see Dundee being represented at the Special Olympics and if anyone is willing to consider making a small donation , you can do so by sending any donation to : Andrew Gray, 11 Dunmore Gardens, Ninewells, Dundee, DD2 1PP. (Cheques should be made out to “Special Olympics Tayside”). Many thanks indeed.