Tim Hortons supporting Special Olympics athletes
Special Olympics Canada has once again partnered with Tim Hortons to create the limited-edition #ChoosetoInclude Donut, available from January 28 to 30.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds from sales of the donut will go directly to local Special Olympics community programs, supporting more than 41,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across Canada.
“Special Olympics has made a big impact in my life, physically and mentally. My confidence has gotten so much better since I joined Special Olympics. I’ve made so many new friends, and been able to do so many different competitions. Thanks to Special Olympics, now I’m able to play the sports I love,” said Special Olympics BC – Cowichan Valley athlete and Tim Hortons Team Member Julie Black.
Everyone can make a difference for athletes like Julie or Kimberley/Cranbrook athlete Kendall Salanski by heading to their local Tim Hortons and buying the limited-edition donut. Supporters can also enter a photo challenge by sharing a picture of themselves with the donut on social media using the hashtag #ChooseToInclude and tagging @SpecialOCanada and @TimHortons.
The #ChooseToInclude Donut is a chocolate cake ring donut with white fondant, sprinkles, and whipped topping. The multi-coloured design represents the theme of diversity that is being promoted through the campaign.
Now, more than ever, it is important to come together for inclusion. Every donut purchased will help Special Olympics athletes safely return to their year-round, in-person programs that offer vital friendships, connections, and healthy activity.
People with intellectual disabilities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. For Special Olympics athletes, being away from their in-person programs meant being away from their friends, their healthy activity, and a significant network of support.
Special Olympics BC’s year-round, in-person programs are now reopening in communities around the province, with strong safety protocols in place. But we’re only about a quarter of the way back to pre-pandemic operating capacity. Support from the #ChoosetoInclude Donut campaign will help Special Olympics BC athletes get back on the fields of play.