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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. The amount raised on Saturday is stunning, simply stunning.

     

    It was a humbling experience to be involved with Wee Oscars Green Bucket Army, joyfull too.

     

    AngelGabriel, I hope Son of Gabriel manages to get a few more podiums now.

     

    Bjmac, That was a very long couple of hours;-)

  2. Hamiltotim keep up the good work it wont be long now and our wee hero will be across the pond on the road to recovery

     

     

     

    Hail Hail

  3. SOAL,

     

     

    you should know that it is the Rex for me…….they dont do pizza at burger vans!

     

    I suppose you’ll be looking for me to pay for yours……give your chronic problem of short arms and deep pockets.

     

     

    Guffaw, Guffaw

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HAIL! HAIL!

     

    Token

  4. hamiltontim

     

     

    18:05 on24 September, 2012

     

     

    Charles K

     

     

    *UPDATE*

     

     

    £38,295.69raised by weeoscar4life so far.

     

     

    I doff my cap to all involved

  5. SmashingMilkBottles on

    VMhan

     

     

    My observation of the bucket collection is that the people with the least gave the most

     

    and those with the most gave the least

  6. setting free the bears

     

    18:02 on

     

    24 September, 2012

     

     

    Our two younger comrades were in awe of your sheer animal magnetism on Saturday, im sure that’s the explanation for your bucket being heavier that it was at the Kano collection0))

  7. On days like today I can feel very homesick for Glasgow , the warmth and generosity of its citizens, the brilliant humour that travels the world, and the Celtic Community at the heart of Glasgow’s East End.

     

    You, who are there, have my utmost respect.

     

    HH.

  8. The Spirit of Arthur Lee

     

    18:10 on

     

    24 September, 2012

     

    Vogue

     

     

    14 in BB

     

    ———————————–

     

    Hav u got to leave a tip?

  9. Vogue punter – phew, that’s one hell of a session or a couple of drinks in sweden

     

     

    Dear RFC*(fubar)

     

     

    I try to say goodbye and I choke

     

    Try to walk away and I stumble

     

    Though I try to hide it, it’s clear

     

    My world does not crumble when you are not here

     

    Goodbye and I choke

     

    I try to walk away and I stumble

     

    Though I try to hide it, it’s clear

     

     

    GOOD RIDDANCE !

  10. SmashingMilkBottles

     

     

    My observation was that everyone tried there best ,gave what they could and all those involved are extremely grateful.Perceptions can be deceiving .

     

    Hail Hail

  11. lionroars67

     

     

    I feel we both demonstrated the virtues of a tatoo-free body when it came to attracting the money from female contributors :-)

     

     

    I remember the wee lassie who was so shy that her dad had to scrape her off his leg before she would put money in the bucket. Either that or my appearance had frightened her so much :-)

     

     

    A pleasure to spend time in your company and with the other young fellas there. Mind you, I pity the weekend suffered by the lad whose girlfriend had handed in a full bucket already and was well on her way to filling the 2nd whilst we were still on our first.

     

     

    You’ll never beat the weemin for fund raising.

  12. dena

     

     

    Saturday was only possible because of the 200 who gave up their time and the thousands who put their hands in their pockets.

  13. smashingmilkbottles

     

     

    18:11 on

     

    24 September, 2012

     

    …………….

     

    True enough, one guy spoke to and had a whinge about the NHS being the best in the world and should be providing, he also cast doubts on where the money was going, I didnae know whether to punch him or rob him. In fairness though he stuck some coins in the bucket and went away muttering under his breath :>)

  14. The Honest Cover-up on

    Fantastic effort by the Celtic Family yet again. When I hear about £32k being raised for Wee Oscar in a bucket collection I think about him pouring all that money into one of those Coinstar machines in the supermarket. Tremendous!

     

    To think our media are more interested in writing nonsense articles about “offensive zombie banners” than reporting great stories like this shows them up for the parasites that they are. Well done Internet Bampots!

  15. Doc is Neil Lennon 18.18

     

     

    The feeling is mutual.

     

    Got to be one of my favourite times at paradise,and all before a ball was

     

    kicked.The kindness & generosity was amazing.

     

    As for the young yin,he will get no praise from me till he reads an article first, he

     

    did though appreciate your info.

  16. Off to a RCIA meeting but before I do I just have record my congratulations to those who organised and those lorryload of Bucketeers. I was privileged and honoured to have dawned a Wee Oscar T-Shirts and to have filled held a bucket and shouted the wee brave Bhoy’s name…

     

     

    I will unfortunately be unable to make the Quiz Night but will be at the Race Night…

     

     

    Well done Bhoys and Ghirls and to those outside the Celtic Family including the Rangers Supporters, Hearts Supporter and to Dundee FC.

     

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

     

    Hail Hail!

  17. hamiltontim

     

    my post was in response to smashingmilkbottles post of 18:11

     

    I was one of the 200 and didnt see what he claims to have. It wasnt derogatory towards the volunteers really (read back)

     

     

    hail hail

  18. Amazing effort by all concerned, well done.

     

    I was bought a hat years ago that said “Proud to be a Tim” – as relevant today as ever.

  19. Well done to all those involved on Sat at Paradise- incredible haul of funds for the wee man.

     

     

    Keep the Light Shining.

     

     

    By the by…that ‘All Green’ strip posted by the good graces of Bourne was superb…a modern version would be great…loved the Minty Green wan during the 85/86 season, even if Judas did wear it…thon Yogi was a beast of a man in his prime…must have been a nightmare to play against, he looked like a great foil for Wallace, Lennox and Chalmers…in the earlier picture of bhoys at Lennoxtown with Rogne, Big V and Hooperman…Gary has a real barrel chest and that is something that seems to make you unbelievably strong: sometimes I’ve done weights with serious powerlifters and they all say that guys with natural barrel chests have brutal power that is virtually impossible to manufacture through weight training. Hooper is very strong. Look at how easily he brushes away guys much taller than him. The one on one shoulder charge with the Helsingborg defender comes to mind, when he dislocated the guys shoulder, with sheer brute core strength- one of the guys that does powerlifting says its something to do with superior lung capacity that adds an explosive power to the base strength; but I don’t know how true that is and to be honest I don’t know the science behind it. The downside to such a physique is the tendency for the propensity to rapidly accumulate weight during inactive spells, which is something, just like Commons ( also deceptively strong), that has affected Hooper in the past.

  20. It was great to take part on Saturday and meet a few CQNers in person. A truly fantastic amount raised. Well done to all!!

  21. celticrollercoaster loves Wee Oscar's Green Bucket Army on

    Not bad for 2 hours work:-)

     

    HH

     

    CRC

     

    PS didn’t i tell u I love the Green Bucket Army? Now you know why.

  22. Don’t no why I listen to phone ins but I do.

     

    I haven’t heard anyone on the panel say the huns are guilty.

     

    It’s as clear as the nose on your face.

     

    They cheated.

     

    If celtic or any other team abussed the system in the manner rangers did they would be hung out to dry.

     

    Where was that sfa when we nearly went to the wall.

     

    Mind it well,why I have no sympathy for them.hh

  23. “@STVRaman: I’ve decided to come off twitter whilst a serious threat I received is investigated by police.”

  24. dena

     

     

    Lol I know buddy I was only highlighting the MASSIVE part that the 200 hundred volunteers and the thousands who donated played in reaching the total.

     

     

    You’ll need to excuse me I’m still in shock :-))))

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