Special Olympics South Africa is reaching out to corporates and sponsors to come on board to support the national team on the road to Abu Dhabi.
The organisation has launched the #BackOurTeam campaign.
The team of 70 athletes will be looking for further financial support from South Africans to help them reach their goal of representing the country on a global stage.
CEO of Special Olympics SA Ancilla Smith says each athlete will need R 35 000 to make sure they are kitted out with everything that they need.
She says National Lotteries Commission has come on board to cover flights, while rapper AKA, as well as local companies, have assisted some athletes.
Right now it is just a case of finding the money to make sure that we can purchase everything we need to allow these athletes to represent their countries with pride amongst 190 other nations.— Ancilla Smith , CEO - Special Olympics South Africa
We are literally reaching out to corporate and sponsors. We have broken down the costs of the entire delegation into an individual cost per athlete, which we have worked out to R 35 000 per athlete.— Ancilla Smith , CEO - Special Olympics South Africa
I think for every single one of our athletes this is a completely life changing experience and certainly it changes everybody's perceptions of the abilities of people with an intellectual disability.— Ancilla Smith , CEO - Special Olympics South Africa
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