Wee Oscar 4 Life bucket appeal nets over £31k


The fact that the Wee Oscar 4 Life campaign inspired hundreds from the Celtic community to raise money for the treatment of Oscar Knox will surprise no one, but the stunning amount of money raised by the bucket collection outside Celtic Park on Saturday, £31,918.05, is breathtaking.

I know those who decided something had to be done to help Oscar have no interest in our congratulations or respect, but they have it nonetheless. Well done to all who helped on Saturday and to those behind the campaign. You are a credit to our community. Again.

The team released the following statement:

At last Saturday’s Celtic game against Dundee at Celtic Park over 200 volunteers collected money on behalf of the ‘Wee Oscar 4 Life’ campaign as part of the Oscar Knox Appeal.  Wee Oscar’s Green Bucket Army raised an astonishing £31,918.05 in just two hours between 13.00 pm and 3.00pm before the Scottish Premier League game.

This campaign was launched by supporters of Celtic Football Club (the Celtic family) to raise money for Oscar Knox, a four year old boy who has recently been diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma- a rare form of cancer which mainly affects children. All funds raised on the day through the bucket collection will go directly towards helping to fund immunotherapy treatment abroad for Wee Oscar to help him beat cancer for good.

On the day, the campaign team and family were also joined by four supporters of Rangers and one supporter of Hearts. Oscar’s dad Stephen flew over from Northern Ireland and he also brought along some of Oscar’s family. Also taking part were the partners of Celtic players, Lisa Hague (Partner of Kris Commons), Alana Roe (Girlfriend of Charlie Mulgrew) and Debbie Lawlor (Girlfriend of Tony Stokes). Lisa Hague has just been appointed Patron of the Wee Oscar 4 Life campaign and commented on the day: “It was fantastic to take part and get involved on Saturday. I was overwhelmed to be asked and amazed at the support offered by the fans. I jumped at the chance to be Patron, even though I am 7 months pregnant, because this charity really stood out to me, not only because of wee Oscar but the level of support from Celtic fans. I’m determined to do as much as I can to get wee Oscar the treatment that he so desperately needs”.

Oscar’s family are from Belfast and Stephen Knox commented: “We are totally blown away with what happened on Saturday, I flew over myself with a couple of friends and I am so pleased that I witnessed the generosity of the fans first hand. In particular I want to thank the entire Wee Oscar 4 Life team who led this campaign and made it happen. I would also like to thank each of the 200 strong bucket volunteers who are playing a huge part in helping to save our little boy’s life.”

Oscar is fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer which affects 1 in every 100,000 children. He is currently responding very well to treatment but unfortunately neuroblastoma has a very high relapse rate and so to give him the best chance of survival he needs immunotherapy. This helps to stimulate the immune system, so that if the neuroblastoma was to return, his own body can recognise and attack it. The treatment is not currently available to Oscar in the UK and so the family needs to take him abroad to get it. The treatment is likely to cost up to £250,000. Sadly Oscar was also born with Jacobsen Syndrome, an extremely rare chromosome disorder. There are little over 250 confirmed cases in the world, and as far as we are aware, Oscar is the only child in the world ever to have Jacobsen Syndrome and then be diagnosed with neuroblastoma. The odds of this are about TEN BILLION TO ONE.

Future planned events include:

Wee Oscar 4 Life Celtic Quiz Night
This will be held on Saturday 29th September in The Phoenix Bar (X Eastenders Bar) Gallowgate Glasgow from 19.00 pm onwards. Tickets cost £5 (over 18’s only). Teams will comprise of 4 or 5 players but the organisers are happy to take individual bookings and for these people to be placed in a team.

To book tickets for this event, please email weeoscar4life@gmail.com quoting ‘Quiz’ in the subject field.

Wee Oscar 4 Life Race and Auction Evening
This event will be held on the Saturday 17th November in the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park from 19.00 onwards. Tickets cost £5 (over 18’s only). To book tickets for this event please email weeoscar4life@gmail.com quoting ‘Race’ in the subject field.

Glasgow to Belfast Cycle Ride
Wee Oscar 4 Life organisers are planning a cycle from Glasgow to Belfast for St Patrick’s weekend in March 2013 and will be looking for cyclist to take part in this event. Interested parties should email weeoscar4life@gmail.com quoting ‘Cycle’ in the subject field and the organisers will get back to you with more details.

For more information please contact the Wee Oscar 4 Life campaign team by emailing WeeOscar4Life@gmail.com.

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    A few months back,my broadband went down.



    A couple of weeks ago,I was offline because my computer got hacked to buggery.



    Now-my telephone connection is screwed.



    I really must stop driving over black cats…..

  2. Good morning CQN from a very windy Clydebank



    What an achievement from all in involved with collecting


    And giving to the Wee Oscar appeal makes you proud to


    Be part of the Celtic family



    God bless wee Oscar and his family



    Keep the Faith



    Hail Hail

  3. Just read back from last night.


    Notthebus’s post from 20.18 is worth reading. Here is the link again.




    The part I am most staggered by is the use of the term “Irish shamrock motif” which certainly does suggest some kind of sinister emblem with a shady origin.


    It’s almost equating Irishness with some kind of illegality. Surely not…………

  4. rmg1888



    20:46 on 24 September, 2012





    Would like to join on the ride from Leeds?



    Paul, can you please supply me an email address?



    Welcome aboard my friend. I’ll post another contact address later today when I get to work.

  5. Good morning friends from a rather dark, blustery, damp and generally foreboding East Kilbride.



    Another big game tonight and looking forward to a new view from seats immediately above the tunnel.




  6. Morning all!



    Another day, another game.



    Best of luck to the Bhoys tonight – hope Tony and Dylan are on from the start – and Paddy might even get a game!



    To all those going – enjoy, and dont forget to give auld Turnbull a warm welcome!




  7. Evening All, from a balmy Las Vagas only 28c at 11.05 this evening. Now if I was home in glesga I would be 30 years married this morning. As it is I’m 55 mins away from that milestone.


    Enjoy tonight’s game hope for a handsome victory. My sincere admiration to all for a fantastic, utterly superb, mind blowing achievement on Sat for wee Oscar. I look forward to contributing when I get home on Friday.


    Helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon booked for tomorrow, sure beats helicopter Sunday. Somehow I don’t think we will be seeing them again soon HaHaHaHaHaHaHa. God bless all at CQN Paddybhoy

  8. Sixteen roads to Golgotha on

    Guten Morgen.



    Incredible sum of money raised for wee Oscar.



    Took a guess at the total that would be raised,thought a minimum of £5k and a maximum of around £10k.



    Wasn’t even close.



    It was foolish of me to underestimate the Celtic support…one must NEVER underestimate the Celtic support!!








    19/08/1950 Section H W 2-1 McPhail 2 (33, 88) HT 1-1 35,000


    02/09/1950 Section A D 2-2 Collins (22), Peacock (30) HT 2-0 16,000



    08/08/1959 Section A L 1-2 Mackle (60) HT 0-2 17,000


    22/08/1959 Section H W 1-0 OG (36) 24,000 > this was Charlie Gallagher’s Celtic debut



    15/09/1965 QF1 A W 8-1 McBride 3 (18, 67, 88), Lennox (19), Johnstone (44), Hughes 3 (58 pen, 78, 81) HT 3-1 15,000


    22/09/1965 QF2 H W 4-0 Murdoch (47), Auld 2 (48, 51), Chalmers (83) 9,000



    16/08/1969 Section H W 5-0 Wallace 2 (9, 63), Hood (15), McNeill (16), Hughes (80) 37,000


    27/08/1969 Section A W 5-2 Chalmers 2, Hood 2, Brogan 17,000



    27/08/1991 H W 3-1 Miller (33), Creaney (72), Fulton (75) HT 1-1 21,083



    27/11/1994 FINAL IBROX L 2-2 (AET & 5-6 on pens) Walker (32), Nicholas (84) HT 1-1, 2-2 after 90 minutes, Charlie Nicholas’ last goal for Celtic 45,384



    31/08/1995 H W 2-1 (AET) Van Hooijdonk (52), Donnelly (120) HT 0-0 27,546



    05/09/2000 H W 4-0 Sutton (41), Johnson 2 (44 pen, 55), Thompson (68) 30,753 – Alan Thompson scored on his Celtic debut






    P 7 W 7 D 0 L 0 F 21 A 3






    P 12 W 9 D 1 L 2 F 39 A 12

  10. Morning,



    Spat my cornflakes out when I read this. Auld Chuck is something else.



    “If Lord Nimmo Smith can do me a favour, I would like him to get everybody in Scotland to agree whether we are newco or oldco. “It changes every week to suit someone else’s agenda, so long as it doesn’t suit Rangers’ agenda.” Green.

  11. Raith Rovers will bring around 1000 fans to CP tonight.


    It may be the largest domestic away support that we see at CP this season.


    Campbell Hutton deserves a rousing reception from us for instigating the moral stance that was adopted by other chairmen and their respective clubs.



    Campbell Hutton was the first chairman to speak out and say no to Newco .



  12. He Shoots! He Scores! Right into his own net! You reading this Rapid?



    “Yet it appears the SFA have the completely contrary view on some issues. I am owed £330,000 by UEFA and the SFA have refused to hand it over because they are saying I’m not entitled to it. “It is money due to Rangers for releasing players to play for their


    countries. Maybe this is another case of Charles Green being stupid. Or is this now a case of ‘Well, it doesn’t suit us’. “It seems we can have the pain but not the gain.”

  13. Andrew67,



    well said,



    unforunately i dont think there are going to be too many hoops fans there to give him that reception



    i would think a crowd of no more than 20000 is likely

  14. saltires en sevilla on

    Good morning fellow Celts from wet and windy Renfrewshire



    It seems a few people are getting gey nervous!



    Frantic deflection is all they have left…



    ‘serious fraud!!’




  15. I hate to state the obvious but green has been playing for time



    He needed long enough to get season tickets bought and get reasonable crowds back



    Now they are turning up in numbers it doesn’t matter to green if they are deemed oldco or newco because the huns now have sm emotional connection



    If the enquiry goes his way he will be happy – if it doesn’t he can turn to the hoards and say – poor us



    He has already tied the huns to newco with all their persecution complexes

  16. 32K in two hours….



    That 32K, every single penny of it was charitable contributions, does it qualify for UK Gift Aid?

  17. Auldheid



    23:36 on 24 September, 2012



    Winning Captains



    In short. Had we kent then wit we ken noo, we widnae have done it.




    Good synopsis.



    Did Surrender No Johnstone not use any Masonic code this time?

  18. Following on from Saturdays fantastic total from the bucket collection and a worthy win in the SPL


    Celtic received a fillip yesterday with the news that Joe Ledley and Biram Kayal are fit enough to return to the first team.


    Both players may feature tonight against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Communities League Cup, while Neil Lennon is also hopeful that Georgios Samaras will recover from an elbow injury in time to face Spartak Moscow next week in the Champions League.



    Otherwise the tabloids have their usual collection of nutters representing some fitba club in the south side of Glasgow not worth reading best avoided

  19. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on







    Everyone of you who helped out or contributed to that total is a hero!



    You make me so proud!



    May God bless and help wee Oscar and his family.



    They deserve it!

  20. Morning all from a wet and weary (and dreary) North Ayrshire.



    I feel a bit of a fraud for saying this as I cannot be there myself: I hope as many Celtic supporters turn up tonight and give a real rousing reception to the Raith Rovers Chairman, Turnbull Hutton.

  21. miki67


    02:00 on


    25 September, 2012


    btw, I’m not the only person who’s encountered this sudden madness on TSFM.


    I think the guy’s having a nervous breakdown. Really. It’s kinda crazy.


    Oh well, it takes all sorts….






    From TSFM Site



    miki67 says:


    September 24, 2012 at 13:50


    5 4 i


    Rate This



    [Removed for abuse of OP]






    You do realise that TSFM is not a Celtic fans site, although circa 90% are Celtic supporters.



    What abuse did you levy to the 3rd Hun to post on the site….notice also that most posters are happy to have a hun to play with.(cat with a mouse style)



    Best if you stick to CQN (have you tried Teh Huddleboard)




    Paddy T

  22. Attila’s diuretic Trogs and vassals, from every quarter, appear to be well wound up, on song, and ready to do their equivocal and revisionist best. It would be mean of me not to extend all credit where credit is due… they never fail to give you a good laugh.



    Fortress Deceive MacDeceipt has many friends, how devoted remains to be seen. The fourth estate are not circling the wagons, they are instead advancing, all guns blazing, and their intent is to discredit the worth of morals and ethics as traditions traitors; regardless of how soiled and putrid their tradition of choice might commonly be regarded.



    The fourth estate values vain hubris over humble equality; they are soulless.


    They are hoping against hope for a second Edinburgh Jury. They believe they are going to get it. They are trying all to influence and intimidate.



    The Scottish media are an international joke, only domestically are they dangerous. Media owners are becoming more aware of their social responsibilities, how soon before a media owner finds himself facing trial in a Scottish court for the failings and deceit of his paid employees?



    I think one or two who were in the know at Ibrox have broken ranks and turned Queens Evidence to save their own necks.

  23. MWD:



    It wouldn’t hurt to ask. That aside, you guys walked the talk. If it wasn’t for folks like you guys….

  24. German Catholics lose church rights for unpaid taxComments (489) The number of Catholics leaving the Church has sharply increased


    Germany’s Roman Catholics are to be denied the right to Holy Communion or religious burial if they stop paying a special church tax.



    A German bishops’ decree which has just come into force says anyone failing to pay the tax – an extra 8% of their income tax bill – will no longer be considered a Catholic.



    The bishops have been alarmed by the number of Catholics leaving the Church.



    They say such a step should be seen as a serious act against the community.



    All Germans who are officially registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews pay a religious tax of 8-9% on their annual income tax bill. The levy was introduced in the 19th Century in compensation for the nationalisation of religious property.



    “If your tax bill is for 10,000 euros, then 800 euros will go on top of that and your total tax combined will be 10,800 euros,” Munich tax accountant Thomas Zitzelsberger told the BBC news website.



    Catholics make up around 30% of Germany’s population but the number of congregants leaving the church swelled to 181,000 in 2010, with the increase blamed on revelations of sexual abuse by German priests.

  25. The MSM seems its the same everywhere cover ups and corruption



    Whether by corruption – and there has been a great deal of that – maladministration, or pure bad luck, Valencia is littered with vanity projects that tell their own story.



    The airport that has never seen a single plane land. The theme park built in a place where the summer heat rises above 40C (104F). The land bought at premium prices that is now worthless.



    The local press were also on the coach trip. And the next day I find out what they were working on. Headlines about me! They say the BBC’s “star economics expert” – thanks for the compliment, guys – has come to Valencia to (here is the subtext) pour scorn on their wonderful infrastructure projects. The story makes the regional daily and the national conservative daily ABC.



    And not only that. There are now angry demands in the official weekly press conference of the government: Why are the BBC here? Have you given them an interview? Will you give us an interview about what you told them in their interview?



    “It is Spain,” sighs the financial controller of Valencia.



    Yes, Spain – where the arrival of the foreign media is a juicy story for the local papers but where massive white elephant projects went unquestioned for a decade, and where the banks that funded them, boards stuffed with appointed politicians, have now gone bust. And where if you need some insulin from the health service, you had better hope you are the first in the queue.



    How to listen to From Our Own Correspondent:



    BBC Radio 4: A 30-minute programme on Saturdays, 11:30 BST.

  26. Thomtheleedstim



    I’ll be getting onto that this week.



    Have group from KDS coming from Dublin to Belfast also.



    Spent most of last weekend uploading 350 pics all through a real crappy broadband connection.



    Having a night off and going to game tonight. Me dads birthday tomorrow. Wee fellas footy on Thurs. Collegues at works leaving night out Friday. Wee mans footy Sat morning, Celtic Noonish. Quiz evening.



    That given I think it’ll be Sunday b4 I start ramping cycle up.



    Looking forward to it.




  27. My Team for tonight:




    Lustig Rogne Ambrose Izaguirre


    McGeouch, Kayal, McCourt,Ledley/Twardzik


    Watt Miku

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