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Wee Oscar 4 Life bucket appeal nets over £31k

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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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  1. Lennon n Mc....Mjallby on

    Johnson-

     

     

    “Blame the Celtic directors,its their fault,they never grassed us up to the SFA when we telt them we were usin’ ebt’s and they only did that cos they were jus lettin’ wur title haul buld up cos they thought we’d get caught wan day.”

  2. Alex Thomson

     

     

    It’s come to something when a Scottish law lord has to convene a press conference to reassert his own independence.

     

     

    What kind of country is it where this should ever be contemplated?

     

     

    What kind of legal system?

     

     

    What kind of city where this passes almost with so little comment?

     

     

    The answers, of course, are Glasgow, Glasgow football law, and Glasgow media – where else could such things occur?

     

     

    Last week former supreme court judge Lord Nimmo Smith actually felt the need to call a press conference to assert the case for his own independence. It is taken as read in the UK that the judiciary is independent, it is the bedrock, the fundamental of our legal process across these islands.

     

     

    Not in Glasgow football land.

     

     

    Charged with ruling whether or not Rangers failed to declare player payments across the first decade or so, of this century, the judge said:

     

     

    “It is well understood that a judge, or anyone performing a quasi-judicial function, must be free not only of actual bias, but also of apparent bias.

     

     

    “Our commission has given careful consideration to this question and has concluded that the fair-minded observer would not conclude there would be any possibility that the chairman was biased.”

     

     

    What?

     

     

    Since when did a very senior judge and two QCs feel the necessity to come before the media in Scotland and tell people this?

     

     

    Of course, it excited much comment about how the judge was putting Rangers owner Charles Green back in his box.. .or that he was minded to treat the new Rangers as liable for the possible failings of the old company under Sir David Murray.

     

     

    But relatively few people seemed to realise how astonishing it is – and worrying – that such a senior legal figure feels the need to buttress his own and his colleagues’ independence of mind.

     

     

    The episode tells us much about how toxic things have become in the investigatory world surrounding Rangers, that any of this should be felt necessary at all.

     

     

    Meanwhile all of this happens as news leaked out last week of the Scottish Premier League offering Rangers a deal to lose some trophies, even in advance of Lord Nimmo Smith’s independent commission doing its work. By dint of this deal, it could all be somehow made to go away, no?

     

     

    Well, no.

     

     

    Many a Rangers fan called it a witch-hunt, stitch-up and worse. And I sympathise because it absolutely implies – or states outright – a guilty verdict without any such verdict being sought through due process and the diligence of the Nimmo Smith commission.

     

     

    In that sense the Ibrox faithful are utterly entitled to feel aggrieved, Scottish Football League voices and many others, equally right in saying this goes against the fundamental of justice that you are innocent until proven otherwise.

     

     

    Then again, such is the almost genuis quality of this, that Celtic and other fans are also worth listening to when they say it’s yet another attempt to cut Rangers a favourable deal and ignore the rule-book. Once again the SPL team have managed to unite the irreconcilable, for different reasons.

     

     

    That can’t be helped, says the SPL. Nothing on the record but they say it was Rangers who wanted a solution.

     

     

    The SPL basically told Rangers there’s a take-it-or-leave-it deal where you admit your guilt and lose some trophies – or you leave it and end up with Lord Nimmo Smith.

     

     

    Of course, Rangers might be innocent and the gamble works. Or they might end up getting whacked with a major double-whammy: guilty as charged by Nimmo Smith with the added “contempt” of refusing to co-operate with the judge, which is Rangers current position.

     

     

    We know there’s “a stack of evidence” and we know “there’s a case to answer”. Would you bet the farm on this as Rangers owner Charles Green seems hell-bent on doing?

     

     

    Equally, many are saying again – what is it with the Scottish Premier League?

     

     

    Why, at every opportunity, does this body seek to ignore the due process of investigation and try for a deal which ends up alienating all sides?

     

     

    The absurd failed attempt to parachute Rangers into some bonkers two-tier newfangled achieved the historic miracle of uniting Rangers fans with Celtic and all others in disgust (yes I know, everyone had various reasons that time too…), and it also brought the SPL into deep disrepute and rightly so.

     

     

    Now, a few short weeks later, they are at it again. Setting Lord Nimmo Smith to work in November on the one hand, whilst clearly attempting a plea bargain on the quiet.

     

     

    Not for the first time, fans of all colours question whether such a body is fit to do the job it is charged with.

     

     

    Nimmo Smith and the QCs is not the name of an up and coming band, it is the outfit charged with finally ending the long and messy investigation into whether or not Rangers FC cheated for over a decade on player payments. The lord and his band should be allowed to do their work swiftly and effectively in peace, and the SPL must implement their verdict with equal, unflinching efficiency, innocent or guilty.

     

     

    Anybody wanting short-cut deals, five-way negotiations and two-tier parachutes should be offered medication by Hampden Park then shown the door in future.

     

     

    The rulebook’s there – simply apply it without fear or favour.

  3. According to the BBC, ‘Former chairman Alastair Johnston says Rangers punishment must fit crime’

     

     

    I heartily agree!

     

     

    So it’s a head shot to finish the zombies off then. Trebles all round!

  4. 11.50 Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning!

     

     

    Tony Watt has been given a massive pay rise. 6 times his original salary i believe. Coupled with champions league bonus and first team football he is one happy bunny at the moment. Don’t think he will be asking for a move.

  5. Tuesday’s EBT fact:

     

     

    Alex Rae has a shiny bald napper. He also played 34 games for Rangers (IL), scoring once. He took £569,000 in the form of an EBT loan.

     

     

    The BBC has seen a side letter assuring him that the loan didn’t have to be repaid.

  6. BlantyreKev

     

     

    Who wrote that for ye? Far too funny for you to come up with on yer own.

     

     

    Very funny indeed.

     

     

    yoda.csc

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

    FourLeafClover

     

     

    What I said was tongue in cheek, however, as we are now paying him a fat salary and big bonuses, is it too much to ask that he earns it?

  8. From the FF Fanzine:

     

     

    Whilst on his whistle stop tour of four cities – Toronto, New York, Orlando and Houston – in four days to speak to North American supporters’ groups and discuss commercial and sporting partnerships – including a potential link-up with some cowboys in Dallas, Charles Green visited the Magnificent MYstic Mucus in Harlem, New York City. Mr Mucus is a celebrated clairvoyant in the city who is renowned for his predictions and his “psychic readings”- the Magnificent MYstic Mucus spits special “psychic phlegm” into an old handkerchief and then “reads” the meaning of the patterns in the snotters.

     

    “Its like reading a palm or a crystal ball…except its respiratory tract secretions grogged onto a hanky” insisted Mr Mucus. He then places a piece of paper to his client who then reads his prediction. The Magnificent Mister Mucus would not be drawn on what Mr Greens snot inspired prognostication actually was.

     

    Later on a close member of Greens coterie, describing himself only as “Bommer”, revealed to us that Mr Mucus had written the following words: “Either I have the cold or I see a lot of Green…You have entered a maze with all the exits bricked up.”

     

    Mr Green was not available for comment.

  9. ” What is it with the Scottish Premier League ?

     

    Why ,at every opportunity , does this body seek to ignore the due process of investigation and try for a deal ?”

     

     

    Alex Thomson .

     

     

    Alex ——-

     

     

    The answer is that the SPL feel the need to facilitate and accommodate Sevco . The answer is that the SPL feel a real need to obfuscate the degree to which they accommodated and facilitated the vile entity that was Glasgow Rangers FC . Their actions are an attempt to save their own ass and the asses of their corrupt cheating pals

  10. ASonofDan

     

    I appreciate your posting of the Alex Thomson Blog but , in this instance, I feel that the more hits Alex gets, the better so going in via the link is more useful..

     

     

    JJ

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