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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. One of the reasons I couldn’t sign up to any of the vitriolic berrz sites just to see what kind of crap they come out with is that no way would I ever want them to somehow get a hold of my i.p. address.

     

    But I appreciate the info from those who are brave enough to venture into the depressing lowlife gloom.

  2. Just logged on and saw the amazing amount.. Hope all of the organisers and bucketeers are very proud of their achievement.

     

     

    On a slightly separate note, are any of the Greenock or poorer surrounding towns CQNers going to the quiz night on Saturday? Just to see if its worthwhile organising transport to get us hame.

  3. I’m tired after a long day at work and now I’m making up words…moronism? Surely that’s no a real word is it?

  4. Tomtheleedstim,

     

     

    Would like to join on the ride from Leeds?

     

     

    Paul, can you please supply me an email address?

     

     

    RMG1888

  5. wonkyradar20:42 on24 September, 2012:

     

    I’m tired after a long day at work and now I’m making up words…moronism? Surely that’s no a real word is it?

     

    >>>>

     

    It is now.

     

    HH!

  6. Anyone here that tit on Clyde SS this evening purporting to be a Celtic supporter and stating that he did not want Rangers punished as he put it, did not want league titles stripped, bygones should be bygones sort of thing. Felt like vomitting. Does not speak for any Celtic supporter I know!

  7. Wonky

     

    dunno but it works for me, Moronism and visages have just been added to the CQN dictionary.

     

    Good oul HT will keep us right as he is the Blog Oracle.

  8. "THERE IS ONLY ONE TEAM IN GLASGOW" aka "@67MOULDY67" on

    Wee Oscar

     

     

    Just incredible , a very proud moment in the history of the Celtic family and internet bampots

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

    Mouldy67

  9. joe_joe_john_bobby_teddy on

    FF has went Franco Baresi……. Claiming a victory and that Regan and Doncaster won’t see the week out……..

  10. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Big Mike

     

     

    I did hear that guy. He sounded like a man about to go to the gallows!! Never a Tim.

  11. A guy calling himself Pizzaman over on RM says:

     

     

     

    That banner is pure racist so it is. They compare us to kneeanderfuls and monkeys. For me that is racism. Even if it wasn’t against us then surely its racist against monkeys…who will fight for the monkeys? Who will ask the monkey questions to Lord Nimmo? These are questions that need to be asked right now. The monkeys have done nothing wrong…

     

     

    The monkeys have taken over the zoo…

  12. Good evening all, fantastic news about the bucket collection! I was not able to help on Saturday but was one of the Bucketeers for the Kano appeal a few years back. That experience introduced me to some very special people on this site who are now my friends and who yet again amaze me with their efforts to get the Celtic family rallied to help! Well done all involved and to all who contributed! Celtic FC is a special club. CQN, is a special place for special fans! £32K = Special. God bless wee Oscar. sTICks

  13. Well done to all who collected and donated Due to work commitments I need to travel to Dundee tomorrow and will miss the Raith game- so I have a spare adult ticket- good view on the half way line. Can be collected from central Paisley up to 2pm tomorrow- anyone need it?

  14. che

     

     

    I make up words my pupils have a vocabulary that will only be useful if they get jobs on Pluto.

  15. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Absolutely heartwarming to see the generosity of the Celtic family in full swing. What an effort and what a result.

     

     

     

    Any Spanish dwelling CQNr’s able to assist in suggesting a venue close to Fuente Alamo where I can take in the CL game next Wed. Off golfing for a week but MUST watch Celtic. Please help.

     

     

     

    Fanx :-)

  16. HT

     

    It’s the intellectual sharing found only in Bar67 that makes you what you are, but for that educational and cultural hot spot those children’s education would suffer greatly. It’s to your eternal credit you source such info on their behalf.

  17. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Why has the Mothers away game (top of the table clash!) not been moved to a lunchtime ko for TV? Is it not being shown on Sky or ESPN?!

     

     

    T4

  18. Che

     

     

    Thank you, too often I feel unappreciated and people fail to comprehend the lengths I go to in my aspirations to develop the youth of our country.

  19. petec, 20:33

     

    It’s not anyone on here that’s preventing them sliding away peacefully – it is their insistence on being the victims in this sordid tale is doing it for them. We are but mere onlookers in their danse macabre, and how glorious it is

  20. T4

     

    No coverage of the weekend media are covering their big game on weds, priorities.

     

    What odds murder well on weds?

  21. They can only get louder and more desperate to be heard. It counts for nothing, it is out of their hands and of those that would help them. And by god don’t they know it

  22. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    O.G. Rafferty

     

     

    I hope you’re right – but I get this awful feeling that there are political forces in Scotland still helping them as best they can.

  23. jtsTICks – glad you finally dragged yourself back home!

     

     

    Best of luck for Friday and beyond.

     

     

    Jobo

  24. real sense of mounting panic in the articles/pronounciations from Jabba and the rest.

     

     

    also, everything Green and Sally are saying must surely be seen as getting their retaliation in first?

     

     

    looks like the EBTs are now to be classed as an “administrative error” of no footballing consequence.

     

     

    That EBT timeline in full then…

     

     

    1. What EBTs?

     

    2. EBTs? So, perfectly legal, Timmy.

     

    3. EBTs… HMRC will do a deal.

     

    4. EBT bill? Murray will take care of it.

     

    5. EBTs? Sellick had one too! Cheats!

     

    6. EBTs? Paperwork error, nothing more….

     

     

    7. Gie us wur titles back ya wiggy judge bassa!!!!

  25. tommytwiststommyturns on

    Che – anyone daft enough to think that the Mullet will have his boys up for the game against Sevco deserves all they get !

     

     

    T4

  26. A Ceiler Gonof Rust

     

     

    Can’t help with a venue, but I can tell you the game is on Tuesday (not Weds) at 18.00 Spanish time.

     

     

    Cheers

  27. So does this mean they used an, um, ‘sexed-up’ version of the banner to lend credence to the complaint?

     

     

    They really are hopeless at this bampottery stuff.

  28. I sense an apathy developing re the SPL.

     

    We knew this was likely with their demise.

     

    But situation not being helped by papers focusing on

     

    zombies instead of football.

     

    Worrying times ahead.

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