Brogan, Rogan contacted me over the weekend on behalf of an initiative he, Celticrollercoaster and others have taken to assist some of our community during these terrible times. This note below appeared in the comments’ section, which many of you will have read. We are nothing, if not a community of people, bound by values. If you share those values, please give consideration to this. From Brogan, Rogan, Trevino, Hogan:
First and foremost I hope this finds you, your family and friends all safe and well in these difficult days and circumstances.
These are unreal times and unchartered waters for all of us, with many of us forced to stay at home in quarantine. This means we are away from our friends and loved ones and that we have lost the normal everyday interactions with friends family and work colleagues that we treat as part of every day life.
Such enforced quarantine and such a dramatic change in lifestyle is uncomfortable and unwanted at the very best.
Some of us are very lucky in that we can remain at home with our spouses/partners and children (or at least some of them) while others are unfortunately facing this crisis as best they can on their own and without support . No matter what your individual circumstances the situation is difficult.
For many that difficulty is made a million times harder because of basic money worries.
Despite the Government announcing all sorts of grand plans and schemes, the harsh reality is that many people are struggling as a result of simply not being able to work.
Some are employed by small businesses which just cannot afford to carry them while waiting for the Government’s furlough provisions to kick in and apply.
Others are self employed who know they will not be receiving any kind of income or support until June at the earliest.
Still more may be forced to wait in line for subsistence level benefit payments which may, or may not, be granted, while others have simply lost their jobs because a business has folded or because a contract has been cancelled or postponed. Their entire future is uncertain.
These situations cause concern, worry, anxiety and ill health for men, women and children – not forgetting parents.
And of course there is the ongoing Covid19 related health worries and concerns which affect all of us and our families.
It is against that background that myself and others have decided to reach out to you tonight in this somewhat unusual way.
Over the past few days, myself and others have become conscious of some within our community who are struggling – really struggling.
They are struggling on mental and physical health grounds, on a financial basis, and are becoming increasingly desperate as they do not know where to turn for support, advice or help in the immediate, short or long term.
They are in a position where they never thought they would be and in circumstances which they, and we, could never have imagined.
Some of those concerned may be known to you personally, others will be faceless but familiar names on a blog page, while yet more may be complete and utter strangers but known to someone you know.
Over the years, Celtic Quick News and those who have participated in the blog, have helped oh so many people in times of need.
From bringing Martin home, to raising money for Veronica, Oscar and others or walking with Shay and so much more, the CQN community, and to be honest the followers of other blogs, have always done their bit to help where help was needed.
Now, we want to help some of the helpers so to speak.
We want to do what we can to take away some of the worry and angst that is afflicting those who, in past times, were amongst the best at helping others in times of need.
Unlike previous campaigns, we can’t and wouldn’t provide any names or any details. We will never be able to say who was helped and how – that would not be our place.
What we can say is that no one involved in this process or campaign will benefit to the tune of a single penny and no one will receive assistance or help without a few of us knowing precisely what is taking place and being fully involved in the process.
Further, we don’t want this to be any kind of simple request for funds and help. We want the wider CQN/Celtic community to at least have the chance to get something back and to see some benefit as a result of our efforts.
To that end we are going to raffle/auction a number of items some of which will hold personal or real value and which may be treasured by fellow fans and serious memorabilia collectors alike.
For example I am donating an unworn Celtic strip personally signed and dated by Henrik Larsson in 2004 complete with sales tags as if it came straight out the shop yesterday.
Hopefully it will raise a few quid.
So, if you have anything we can raffle or auction please get in touch.
Once the raffles and auctions are online please participate and buy tickets but only if you can afford to at this time.
If you have anything to donate which you think would help please get in touch.
If you want to simply make a cash donation then please do through the walk with Shay account the details of which are to be found below.
If you know of someone who is struggling and who you think we could help in some way then please let us know.
This is a plea to help some people who are struggling through no fault of their own, who you may have met and shared a pint with and who have been very good to others in the past.
Those same people would never think of looking for help for themselves.
On the other hand, some of us cannot sit idly by and do nothing while others struggle.
We hope you feel the same way.
Those of you who participate in last man standing will know how that money is looked after and accounted for.
The same people will be in charge of these funds and a full accounting for funds will be available but with the beneficiaries remaining anonymous for obvious reasons.
Please look out for the details of raffles/auctions and donation details in the coming days – they will appear via facebook and online hopefully through a number of sources.
Thanks for reading this long message.
Take care, stay safe, God bless and HAIL HAIL.
BRTH/CRC AND OTHERS.
Walk with Shay
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