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This year some of your money went to Whizz-Kidz, who help some of the estimated 70,000 children in the UK waiting for the right wheelchair.  They not only provide equipment and life skills, but also offer support to young people.  Take a look at this video to find out the kind of way your cash has changed a life:

We’ve just sent off money to Action on Depression, a Scottish charity working with some of the 10% of the population who suffer from this illness at some point in their lives.  Like all of the recipients of your money this year, there is a feeling that we provided no more than a drop in the ocean of what is required, but with depression we felt that bringing the subject out into the open was as important as the money donated.

This illness can do enormous damage lurking in the shadows, let’s kick it into the light.

Many of you will remember the Martin Chamber Ecuador Trust.  Fr Martin left Scotland some years ago to help some of the most deprived people on earth.  In his words, this is why we helped:

“I would say that people should care about the poor people of Ecuador firstly because they are our brothers and sisters.  On top of that their needs are great: they have no running water, no proper sanitation, no sewerage system and poor electricity.  They have little access to education or to medical care and they are crammed together in bamboo huts – mile upon mile of houses, millions of people living below the poverty line.  That’s why people should care.”

You gave to the Ronnie Coyle Benefit Trust, sadly, Ronnie is no longer with us, you donated to the Aberdour PTA, from the Fife village that hosts our summer get-together, and you gave a donation to The Haven, who help people with life limiting illness from Glasgow and Lanarkshire.  Their story is available in a short video here, take a look at what your money is doing.

All in I’d say you did very well.  Very well indeed.  Have a great Christmas, you deserve it.

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  1. Josimar is Neil Lennon on

    merry christmas everyone.

     

     

    i’m off to watch the 15 to 1 christmas special with william g stewart

  2. Paul, a very timely story, there is never a shortage of the good that we can do.

     

     

    We may be in the middle of a financial meltdown but when you look around at all of the gifts and presents that many of us will have received today it is appaling that many millions around the world have nothing, we live in a devastatingly cruel little world.

     

     

    How do we change this, very difficult but I think by being truely ‘Celtic minded’ in how we live our lives we can, in some small way, help those less fortunate.

     

     

    Have a merry christmas and if you get the chance take the time to think of those less fortunate.

     

     

    Vaultbhoy

  3. Merry Christmas!

     

     

    To Paul67 and all CQNers in TIMdom – hope all of you and your families have a wonderful day.

     

     

    To those who have lost loved ones recently and others who are going through difficult times – you are in the thoughts and prayers of the many passionate contributors to this great blog.

     

     

    Christmas Eve got the Festive Season off to a great start – let’s hope that we continue it into 2012 and beyond.

     

     

    H!H!

  4. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on

    I’m emotional enough at this time of year and that’s me off again!

     

    Cheers Paul!

     

    Privileged to share with all on CQN and to have met a fair few stout hearts.

     

    Humbled to be a small part of this great family.

     

    Hail hail

     

    Jinky

  5. anditsthepoleagain on

    A very merry christmas to all just having the first of the day in my new Gordons Thistle Glass ……..Slaint

  6. Merry Christmas to all CQNers, may only the best happen to you and yours.

     

     

    A quick story on what Celtic means to one young Celt. Son of Sonofaderryman has recently became the proud owner of his first season ticket, however it is the ticket that does not cover the R***** games. He has always been mad about the bhoys, but since he got his season ticket his love of the team has to put it mildly “rocketed” to an even higher level. Even when we were miles behind in the league race, he was adament that we would turn it around. This morning, Santa (with a little help from Swanseabhoy! –cheers much appreciated) delivered him a pair of tickets for Wednesday nights game. I cannot put into words his reaction, i honestly dont believe winning the Euromillions would have bettered it for him. 3 points on Wednesday would top it all.

     

     

    He just cant get enough!!!!!!!!!

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  7. Paul,

     

     

    Your marvellous creation gave us all the forum to come together. Without it, our collective efforts in the Celtic spirit simply could not have happened.

     

     

    If I can get soap boxy for a moment, I’m particularly pleased to see a mental health charity added to the roll of excellent causes assisted by CQN. This is a particularly difficult time of year for many of us who have mental health conditions and all money donated to the fine charities working in the field will be very well used – and will make a real difference to people’s lives.

     

     

    Merry Christmas to all CQNers, wherever you are!

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    Bigjie..

     

     

    Let me Wish You and the Kirkie Emerald a Very Merry Christmas..Many of Us overseas Rely on Your Links/Feeds..for Any Highlights..I Forward them to Travelling Backpackers..I Myself am Still relying on Pre-Paid Broadband in my New House..

     

     

    So Highlights is our Only way of Seeing the Action..

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    001Bhoy

     

     

    Thanks Again from all Overseas hoops

  9. Merry Christmas to tims everywhere. Lets do these monkeys on the 28th and start off a whole world of pain for them in 2012, when their cheating and superiority complex will turn around and destroy them.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

     

     

    God bless you mum and dad.

  10. Paul 67

     

     

    This blog that you created is a fantastic place.Many opinions,beliefs,laughs and worries are posted here by Celtic people

     

    from around the world.Your latest post confirms the good that has come from CQN. Congratulations.

     

     

    Have a wonderful day everyone.The tide has nearly turned.HH.

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    Martin42..

     

     

    Merry Christmas Buddi..Hope the Grandchildren are Running Amok..:O)

     

     

    God Bless..

     

     

    OldTim67..

     

     

    Hope You Read this Buddi..You and BlantyreTim are My First Stop off’s in May for the Celebrations..:O)))))))))))))

     

     

    001Bhoy

  12. P67

     

     

    you manage to keep this place running smoothly ; you deserve lots of credit for that…

     

     

    God bless all…

     

     

    …………..

  13. To all the Celtic family I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas. I has been a pleasure reading everyone’s thoughts on all things Celtic and many other topics too. It has been a tough year for many and our club is very much a release valve for some. Let’s look forward to a good 2012 where we will be champions of Scotland and maybe have another couple of trophies tucked up along side for good measure. Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

     

     

    BB

  14. Paul67 an all of Timdom

     

     

    Merry Xmas to you all, Santa’s present yesterday was just what the doctor ordered onward to the treble!!!

     

     

    I dont get to see my wee ghirl today..she’s with her mother and I miss her so much on Xmas day…to all of you with your families, treasure this day to be with your Ghirls and Bhoys, never take them for granted..and love every minute…I’ll see my babe tomorrow, so Xmas on hold for me!

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Summer of 65

  15. Michael Owen on his twitter page

     

     

    11 adults and 9 kids pile into his parents house this morning..

     

     

    one of the bhoys in the grey away kit..

  16. Philbhoy, you too.

     

     

    Summa, we all did.

     

     

    Noel, a sneaky return to form from Mr 90.

     

     

    Vaultbhoy, aye. Never any shortage of the need.

     

     

    praecepta, take care and have a good one with the family.

     

     

    jinkyredstar, I know what you mean.

     

     

    DougC, you’re very welcome.

     

     

    Gordon_J, mental health issues lurk everywhere, they can be sitting right beside you and you’d never know it. Need to shine a light on this issue.

     

     

    angelgabriel, yes, no doubt about it, it’s a great wee place.

     

     

    Blantyretim, aye, with a helping hand from a very few people who help keep a hand on the tiller. Thank you.

     

     

    Thecat, good to hear from you. Have a great Christmas, for all the family.

     

     

    Summer of 65, take care and have a good one.

  17. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan supports Kano 1000 on

    ……….. and as if by magic, following my post of 08:07 this morning, Paul67 rolls in with a Christmas message which is right on the money.

     

     

    No tales of yesteryear here, no referring back to the dreamy mists of time, but a reflection on this current year– last month, last summer, last week! This is the now.. and hopefully tomorrow.

     

     

    No dreamy notions or wishes or hopes– all hard facts as to what DID happen in this last twelve months or so– great stuff!!!

     

     

    Great post,Paul– we can and do make a difference in the name of the club and yes well done to all those who help in each and every little way.

  18. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    Hi Paul67, a very merry Christmas to you and your family.

     

     

    Thank you for the excellent work you do on the site, what a wonderful thing you have created. The site, the people it brings together, help offered and given is truly, truly inspiring.

     

     

    It may be something massive like an appeal for blood donations or as simple as a lift back to Glasgow to see the game.

     

     

    But what you have created is definitely a force for good in our community.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  19. FourGreenFields on

    A Merry Christmas to all in the Celtic Family , best wishes for the New Year.

     

    Thanks to Paul and the fellow CQN ers for an amazing site , it never fails to amaze me how the members on this site respond to the highs and lows that we all go through. The Celtic Family is a truly amazing thing and no matter what they try to do to us they can never take that away .

     

    God Bless Celtic and it’s Supporters.

  20. Dear Baby Jesus,

     

    Please bless us all with Your Peace at this special time.

     

    Hail hail. Ave Maria.

     

    TC

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