Sometimes it seems there is a constant struggle underway for the heart and soul of Celtic. It is incredible that for 125 years a community has managed to retain the conviction to help the less fortunate which drove forward those who formed the club.
Scarcely a day goes by without me receiving a message from someone offering to help those in need. This week it was tables for the Wayside Club Gala Dinner (Saturday 27 April, check it out here), someone send in a box set of the Byrds, to raise money ‘for the homeless’, and a reader parted with a precious top signed by the Seville team, which I’ve to collect in Glasgow.
Much of this goes on below radar but when a call to arms is needed it goes out in impressive clarity; the Wee Oscar campaign slipped into an infrastructure established when Kano took ill a few years back (hope you are doing well, Kano and we hear from you soon). Believe me, some of the work, and many of the discrete donations, would blow you away.
None of this is random. At some point each and every person who has stepped forward did so, knowingly or not, because of the way the Celtic Movement infected them.
A number of Celtic fans, and one former treble winning captain, are helping the Celtic Charity this year with the objective of encouraging each Celtic fan to raise £125. It feels like the right thing to do and if you’ve not brought yourself up to speed with the project yet, do it this weekend (more information here).
There will be formal events throughout the year but if you want to do a sponsored run/walk/cycle/jig, this is your invitation. You are reading this stuff because of your link all the way back to that hall in the Calton; get involved and earn your place in that 125-year-old story.
The next major event is a mass huddle at the top of Ben Nevis, check it out here.
Enjoy your Easter holiday – but not before you get involved………