Everyone with an intellectual disability is welcome in Special Olympics New Zealand.

When you donate to Special Olympics New Zealand, you are gifting a child or adult with an intellectual disability the joy of competition, the thrill of achievement, the long-term benefits of physical activity, and a sense of belonging.

Through Special Olympics, athletes are empowered to be leaders in society. They’re given opportunities to learn skills that transcend the playing field. Athletes hold jobs, go to school, and are active members in their communities.

Special Olympics New Zealand has grown from four swimmers in 1983 to the over 6,000 athletes it serves today. But we have a long way to go.

Approximately 1% of the population – around 100,000 New Zealanders have an intellectual disability.

Donations Refund Policy
Special Olympics NZ will refund all donations made that are fraudulent due to unauthorised use of a credit card. There may also be times when we are unable to use funds raised for a specific purpose. If this happens, we may refund these donations.

In all circumstances, refunds of donations will be at our discretion. Before we can refund an online donation, we will find out if the donation has already been applied to a charitable purpose or whether it can be refunded back to the donor.

If you have any questions about this policy or wish to seek a refund of a charitable donation you have made, please email

Your donation can help us reach one more person.
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