Eastwood Patchwork Quilters have voted Special Olympics as the nominated charity for their 2013 Quilt Exhibition. The following is an excerpt from the Special Olympics Australia website:
Special Olympics is a worldwide movement that inspires people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best through regular sport and competition.
It is not a single event and it is not just for the elite.
Instead Special Olympics volunteers provide sports opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of their skills, and they do this every week in communities right across Australia.
While some Special Olympics athletes strive to win medals, others enjoy the chance to get active, have fun, make friends and be part of a family. Whatever their motivation, we cater for them by providing meaningful sports programs delivered within a supportive environment where people with an intellectual disability are accepted and can feel proud.
People with an intellectual disability are often ridiculed, misunderstood, isolated or simply ignored. Yet, with the understanding and support of Special Olympics they discover the skills that allow them to improve their health, develop self-confidence and bring joy to themselves, their families and their community.
So by buying a ticket in our charity quilt raffle you will be helping the kids and adults from Special Olympics. Tickets can be bought from Eastwood Patchwork Quilters members and at our exhibition.