Scarcely a week goes by without me asking you to support Mary’s Meals. This year, every school day, over 5,000 kids in Malawi or Liberia ate a meal paid for by CQN’ers, or ate in a school kitchen built by the money you raised.
By now, you know as well as I do, the impact this has. School attendance increased by an average of 30% where these meals were provided, as kids don’t need to work for their food. They are educated, learning skills, which will provide life-long improvements in earning capacity and opportunities.
Being better nourished also makes them healthier; mortality rates will improve as fewer succumb to the afflictions of extreme poverty. All because you donated a few pounds here and there.
Alzheimer Scotland were in touch after you raised an incredible sum for them after we learned of Billy McNeill’s condition:
“Thank you so much for supporting the work of Alzheimer Scotland by raising £3264.37 through your BT MyDonate page “Celtic fans for Alzheimer Scotland”.
Dementia is a major health and social care challenge in Scotland and there are currently over 90,000 people with dementia, a number that is expected to double within the next 25 years.
Our work includes:
• Provide our network of Dementia Advisors across Scotland to support people with dementia, their families and carers and work with local communities to make them more dementia-friendly.
• Support funding Dementia Nurses post in every health board in Scotland to lead vital improvements in dementia care.
• Provide our freephone 24-hour Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000)
• Fund the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre in partnership with the University of Edinburgh
• Campaign for the rights of people with dementia
Best wishes and thank you again for your fundraising support we really do appreciate it.
Gillian Dimmock, Fundraising Support Officer.”
For 13 years we have held the CQN Charity Golf Day in Aberdour, the summer focus of our fundraising. This year, CelticRollerCoaster wrote on behalf of the Walk with Shay campaign, who received £1300 from the CQN Golf Day. Shay (4) suffers from Cerebral Palsy and will need help, not available on the NHS, to sit, walk and lead as normal a life as most of us take for granted:
“Thank you for the fantastic £1300 raised at the CQN Golf Day and for the thousands more CQN’ers contributed to Walk for Shay throughout the year. The great news is that Shay’s development has really benefited. The impact you have made on one small boy is incalculable.”
After receiving a donation from the Golf Day, The Celtic FC Foundation wrote:
“Thank you so much for the wonderful donation of £1,100.00 which has been allocated to our 2017 Christmas Appeal.
“The Appeal reflects the very heart of the Club’s charitable and humble beginnings as it aims to follow in the footsteps of Brother Walfrid, providing comfort to those on our doorstep.
“This year, we want to help around 300 local families facing poverty, to provide a meal on the table and gifts for the kids. We want to bring the magic of Christmas to those homes. We are also looking to help vulnerable local pensioners to ease the financial burden at a challenging time of year plus a number of other local charities who support those experiencing homelessness or other disadvantage.
“The generosity and compassion of the Celtic Family is unique and unsurpassed and CQN’s gesture is a perfect example of that.
“Please pass on our thanks for Sharing the Spirit of Celtic this Christmas to all those involved.”
The Celtic FC Foundation is now an integral part of being a Celtic supporter. You did not just contribute at the Golf Day, on dozens of occasions throughout the year, you answered the call to get involved. Last week, we learned it wasn’t just 300 families who benefited from the Spirit of Celtic, Christmas campaign:
435 families in Glasgow and Lanarkshire in poverty and hardship were assisted. Aid also went to vulnerable pensioners in the city, hundreds of our homeless, vulnerable women and men, while gifts were given to the chronically sick children in our community. The Foundation reached those in need in London, Ireland and as far as Canada.
Being able to invest the emotional energy into supporting a football team is more than many in our communities can manage, as all their energies go towards survival. But this is how the Celtic Story began, among the destitute and hungry. How lucky we are to be anchored to this football club, to these values.
You did all of this and more in 2017. It is humbling to see so many great people do so much, so often. You are a constant inspiration. Thank you.
Have a peaceful and loving Christmas.
NEW CQN PODCAST OUT NOW! CHRISTMAS JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS
Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Celtic authors, Stephen Sullivan and Stevie Murray for a special festive episode – Christmas Jumpers for Goal-Posts.
Stephen Sullivan is a former Celtic View reporter who wrote the much-lauded Sean Fallon biography, ‘Iron Man’. He is now the editor of FIFA.com.
Stevie Murray has now written two books on Celtic – ‘Ten Men Won The League’ and ‘Kenny of the Celtic’ – and he is a respected and authoritative voice on the club.
Treat yourself to a signed copy of Jim Craig – Right Back to 67 and you will receive a copy of That Season on Paradise signed by Bertie Auld, just order the Jim Craig book at CQNbookstore.co.uk and we’ll do the rest…