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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  1. Satuday was an


    “I was there day”


    Just caught sight of my wee Oscar T-shirt and the memories came flooding back.


    My fav was a wean about 4 or 5 who could hardly wait to reach the bucket to put his wee bag of coins in.


    As i opened it and let him pour them in his face and those of his parents were a picture of joy.


    A mention to those too who could not be there but made sure there donations were,


    we are a special family.






    September 24, 2012 · by billmcmurdo · in Uncategorized


    I don’t believe it’s wrong to hate.



    It’s not evil to hate evil.



    It’s not corrupt to hate corruption.



    It’s not wrong to hate wrong behaviour.



    Nor is it wrong to hate institutions that promote or practise evil.



    Nor is wrong to hate hatred or hate the haters nor is it wrong to hate yourself if you yourself are a hater unless your a hater of the haters…wooft!



    And on and on it goes…auld Bill’s been at the pound shop glue again!












  4. Brilliant!



    A truly fantastic sum raised.!



    Once again the Celtic family shows its true colours!










  6. dena



    We’re at cross purposes. I was only trying to point that it wasn’t just the organisers who deserve praise for Saturday’s achievements, but everyone involved. It really was a memorable occasion.



    Hope that clears it up? :-)

  7. prestonpans bhoys on

    When bjmac phoned me I was thinking along the lines of £20k but £31k st is stunning, well done the Celtic community.

  8. angelgabriel



    18:26 on


    24 September, 2012



    It certainly was a day that will live in the memory and the heart forever.



    If Son of Gabriel reads the article first and wins the podium I’ll take my hat off to him, he’d be one of a very few.

  9. Hamiltontim








  10. Another day to be proud to be a Celtic supporter.Blown away but not surprised – not even


    a teeny tiny bit.Every single person who volunteered and put their hard earned cash into a bucket should be feeling very proud.It was great to see all the bucketeers!. Wee Oscar is another step closer to his treatment and that is truly awesome.

  11. Lennybhoy


    Starting my third year next Mon evening in St.Pat’s.


    Small world, as they say!




  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    Looks like my new 6 foot fence panel will be tested tonight in darkest East Lothian. Good panel or a brand new kite :-(





  14. setting free the bears


    18:19 on


    24 September, 2012



    That wee lassie returned after donating to smile at you, your obvious charms had took their effect:-)



    The young lady who by her ease at filling the bucket not only embarrassed her boyfriend was fantastic, if only we had 200 like her maybe wee Oscar would have achieved his target



    Thanks for making the time spent on Saturday very enjoyable, those supporters from the buses were superb, forget the drivers:-)

  15. HT



    Spoke to g64 today,still can’t understand him ,peed from Vogue night out down


    Glens club ,I wasn’t there ,due to being at my boys 30th at Blytheswood hotel…


    ………………I know ,no way am I that old. He’s adopted .hh

  16. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Tremendous work by all involved to raise such a sum in so short a period.



    I am sure that the ripples from your magnificent efforts go beyond the money you collected directly – many of the Celtic diaspora who could not be there on the day will also have made their contributions online inspired by your initiative and commitment.



    Hail Hail

  17. The Huns are going rabid on RM:



    Loyalist1690Graham ( Another sniffer of mind-bending glue):



    The worm has finally turned, and it’s been a long time a comin’, as the song goes.



    I also think that Green- what a man, a true Blues Brother after wearing the legendary Orange strip- didn’t discuss knitting patterns with Chuck Blazer in NY, either. Hopefully they were organizing a pincer attack on Liewell and his fenian cabal.



    Regan is now the s*** at the centre of this stinking storm corruption, with Liewell as the big eye.



    Yes, corruption, because there is no other way it can possibly be described. Corruption here, corruption there…corruption everywhere we look. It makes me feel like I have food poisoning- are they putting stuff in our food?



    I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t want a public enquiry into the SFA/SPL/CFC/SNP/IRA corruption because they made us riot in Manchester…I bet this is when it all started! When Walter came back to the club they started smearing us with this that and the other because they can’t take defeat…I bet they infiltrated the crowd watching the screens that day. After all its what they do: infiltrate. Our best jobs, our women, and our seats of power have all been infiltrated by THEM.



    For only a corrupt institution, would dare to try and hold a pretend investigation, come up with pretend findings, and load a corrupt panel, with a pretend individual, who already has previous on another corrupt panel, against the same innocent party, where they corruptively imposed a pretend unlawful sentence, that was overturned in the Court of Session, which was real.



    Then, it transpires, that there is tangible, real, hard evidence, that these two corrupt bodies, who have charged said innocent party, have already predetermined the outcome they want, and fixed their punishments for the pretendy tribunal.



    What makes it even worse, is that this panel has no jurisdiction over the defendant, and still carries on regardless like a steamroller over a good mans bed of roses. its not right and something has to be done about it right a way. This is no time for dilly-dallying or finger twiddling.



    It reminds me of the stories of McCarthyism in America, when we were at the height of the Cold War- we Rangers fans are the Unionists punished for our loyalty to the crown, to Britain and her dominion and the Queen herself. They are convicted us even before a trial and witchhunted for our loyalist identity.



    We, the Rangers family are the victims in this story, in our own country, being tried without proper process. If we don’t stand up for ourselves now,then we will never regain our rights ever again. Who knows they might take our marching away from us. They might stop us wearing our fathers sash. They might tear down our churches. They might crush our flutes. They might ban Royal Blue from being worn like they did with the Highlanders with their tartan. They might stop us singing GSTQ just like they did with the Billy Boys. I, for one, will NEVER accept that day!



    So, while General Skippy-Smith, hunts for ‘Blues under the Bed’, we must continue to broadcast to the world our innocence, our sweet sweet innocence and let them know our story of dire persecution from all and sundry in the corrupt landscape of Scottish football and in particular the Liewell controlled puppets at the SFA/SPL.



    Gentlemen, “Goodnight, and Good Luck”.




    Scary stuff! This mob are going radio!

  18. I know I should not have but just listened into those pricks on Clyde SS and beelin. It is like a Rangers/Sevco/Whatever love in! RSoles.

  19. Saturday was one of my proudest moments as a Celtic Supporter, cup wins are great league titles are magnificent, I’ve been fortunate to see a few, Saturday was different, Saturday was a community coming together, it was a joy to be part of it, an absolute joy, it’s right that we mention those out with the Celtic family who not only participated on the day, but also those particularly from Dundee FC who donated their cash, I salute and thank you all, the organisers of the bucket collection are known to us all and they won’t thank anyone for naming them but your organisation of the event was outstanding, a very special day for a very special wee bhoy undertaken by very special people. As Internet Bampots go, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

  20. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Traynor was on Shortbread peddling the myth that EBTs were “loans”. Also said the players did not benefit tax-wise as they had the tax and NI taken off.



    Sent in a text asking why tax and NI would be taken off loans. Funnily enough it wasn’t read out…..

  21. Wonky Radar



    I never knew the KKK existed in Scotland.



    You could take that (ahem) statement change a few words and it could be easily transferable to a speech written by the Grand Dragon (or whatever they call themselves) of Alabama.



    Rabid doesn’t cover it.

  22. The Honest Cover-up on

    After hearing McLeish and Rangers fans bleating on about how we “can’t strip memories” and how as far as they are concerned the titles will always be theirs, I can’t help wondering why they are so bothered.


    If they will always claim the titles even if they are stripped then why are they making such a fuss?


    Strip of them of the titles in which they cheated, they can pretend that they are still valid, those in touch with reality can acknowledge the fact that they are invalid, everyone’s happy. Simples!

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