On Your Marks, Get Set, Go….! Local Businesses Invited to Take Part in Olympic-Inspired Sports Day

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An Olympic-style sports day is taking place, for businesses, in Dorset on Friday 5 August at Ferndown Leisure Centre in aid of local charity Diverse Abilities Plus. The event is being organised by the charity in connection with the Gold Challenge, an Olympic inspired sporting initiative. Businesses in the area are being invited to take part to help raise money for the cause.

Konnie Huq - Ambassador for the Gold Challenge

This is a fantastic opportunity to get colleagues together and have some fun trying out some interesting Olympic sports and raising money to help Dorset’s Disability Charity.

An Olympic-style sports day is taking place, for businesses, in Dorset on Friday 5 August at Ferndown Leisure Centre in aid of local charity Diverse Abilities Plus. The event is being organised by the charity in connection with the Gold Challenge, an Olympic inspired sporting initiative. Businesses in the area are being invited to take part to help raise money for the cause.

The day will kick off at 9:30am and will finish at 4:00pm. It will involve teams of five taking part in five sports - one sport each, plus a team event. The sports to be completed will include archery, fencing, trampolining, shooting and goalball is to be confirmed. All of which are official Olympic or paralympic sports.

The Corporate Sports Day can be undertaken by anyone, from any company. Each team is asked to raise at least £500 – equivalent to just £100 each team member - for the charity.

Several teams have already signed up including Marketing Matters and Santander, although the charity is urging many more to join in.

Mark Powell, CEO of Diverse Abilities Plus, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get colleagues together and have some fun trying out some interesting Olympic sports and raising money to help Dorset’s Disability Charity. The event will also provide a great networking opportunity with other businesses in Dorset.”

To add a further Olympic twist to the event, Diverse Abilities Plus will be assigning participating teams with a country to represent and will be presenting prizes at the end of the day for best costume, best team spirit, most funds raised and most points scored. Food and beverages will also be provided.

To register your interest email fundraising(at)DiverseAbilitiesPlus(dot)org(dot)uk or call 01202 718266. You can find out more information regarding Diverse Abilities Plus and the Gold Challenge at http://www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk
Editors Notes
Diverse Abilities Plus is a charity that has been supporting children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities working in the County of Dorset, England for 55 years. The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged two to 19, adults and families. Services include:

  •     Langside School – independent, non maintained specialist day school for children and young people from the age of two to 19 years who have PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). It’s one of only 19 similar SEN (special education needs) schools in the UK.
  •     Smithers – provides overnight and day short breaks. Short breaks help families manage the challenges of providing full time care for their child. A visit can be during the day or a ‘sleep over’ allowing the child to make and meet friends and relax and enjoy themselves.
  •     Shapes – provides home support (domiciliary care) for children and young people aged between two and 18 with individually tailored programs.
  •     Project My Time – provides child-led holiday activities that give young people with disabilities the same leisure and fun opportunities that their peers enjoy.
  •     Barnabas – a well equipped day setting for adults. Adults can learn new skills and enjoy a wide range of experiences.
  •     Supported living – this service is for people who live in their own home but may need up to 24/7 support.
  •     Disability Wessex - offers assistance with disability benefits for people with disabilities or chronic and acute health conditions and their families or carers, as well as the parents of disabled children.
  •     Play Opportunities - supports families with disabled children to have a chance to get out and enjoy themselves with other families in similar situations.
  •     Awesome Days and Awesome Nights – A youth group, set up and run by young people of all abilities, aged between 13 - 19 years.
  •     Face 2 Face – a free and confidential network of trained volunteer befrienders, who support parents to make positive adjustments to the news that their child has a disability or additional need. Every Face2Face befriender is a parent whose own child has a disability. They know what it's like to cope with a new diagnosis and can offer support parent to parent.

The charity was founded in 1955 by Mrs Phyllis Edwards who formed a group of parent’s intent on providing better opportunities for their children with physical and learning disabilities.

Visit Diverse Abilities Plus Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/diverseabilitiesplus and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GoldChallengeDA

For more information
Contact: Zoe Hiljemark, PR Account Director / Jenny Pearce, Senior PR Account Executive
E-mail: zoe(at)marketing-matters(dot)co(dot)uk / jenny(at)marketing-matters(dot)co(dot)uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 777111 / +44 (0) 7770 924439
Address: Marketing Matters, Unit C, Acorn Business Park, Ling Road, Poole, Dorset, UK, BH12 4NZ

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