MyDonate helps athlete achieve Olympic dream
Leslie Morgan has a dream. He wants to compete in the Olympics. But this isn’t just a pipe-dream. Leslie, a young adult with autism, has been selected to compete and represent Yorkshire and Team GB in the 2015 World Special Olympics Game.
In July Leslie will be heading to Los Angeles where more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will be competing across 25 Olympics-type sports. Leslie’s specialism is athletics, which he has been involved in since he was six years old. He will be joined by 115 other athletes who make up Team GB.
The Special Olympics showcase the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities. By breaking down barriers that exclude people with disabilities from society, the games challenge public attitudes.
An army of volunteers, runners and fundraisers are getting together, through the support of charity Autism Plus, to help raise the £7,000 needed to make Leslie’s dream come true. They’ll be organising a quiz night, competing in a sponsored silence-a-thon and gathering a team to take on the Yorkshire Half Marathon.
Adding value to lives
Autism Plus supports adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions. The charity was founded 25 years ago by a group of parents of adult children, all diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition.
They are very passionate and proud of the way Autism Plus has grown and supported people to achieve so many of their aspirations. Services include community outreach, residential support and help with career training and employment.
MyDonate is convenient
Melanie Russell, a fundraiser for the charity, explains why they picked MyDonate for this special mission: “We chose MyDonate because it’s free, convenient and an easy way to fundraise for charities. You receive the whole of your donation.”