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Your Celtic FC Foundation, Christmas Appeal, raised an incredible £310k this year, a record figure that allowed the spirit of Celtic to touch more lives than ever before.

The largest slice of the funds, £129k, was shared between 645 families with children in Scotland and Ireland.

Five different homeless charities received £54.5k.

Eight children’s charities received £43k.

£20k went to women’s aid charities.

£15k went to three refugee charities.

£10k went to 100 vulnerable elderly people living near Celtic Park, in what remains an impoverished part of the city.

A Christmas meal, gifts and outings for families were provided to those in the Glasgow East Women’s Aid refuge.

The Scottish refugee Council, which supports over 650 families, said, “The support of Celtic FC Foundation has helped hundreds of vulnerable families at a time of real need.

“In a single day, our advisors will support people who have become homeless, help parents who have no winter clothes for their children, and assist vulnerable families who are struggling through a complex legal system. The need for our services is greater than ever, and this winter we will struggle to support so many families without help.”

Glasgow City Mission provide a hot meal to an average of 130 men and women each night, and offer a safe space in their day.  The ‘Mission said, “This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of organisations such as Celtic FC Foundation. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of your supporters who have contributed to the Christmas Appeal.”

Loaves and Fishes provide hot meals at a café in Glasgow and foodbank services in Glasgow and East Kilbride.  “Through the provision of the meals that we offer at the Oasis Cafe, we try to make people feel welcome and respected. They’re given a two-course meal and an opportunity to sit at a table with each other and enjoy their dinner in a way that most of us take for granted.

“This is a truly vital lifeline to those who are out there with little or no access to food.”

Jim White, Secretary of The Wayside Club, which provides daily support advice and comfort to Glasgow’s homeless, said: “We owe a great deal of gratitude over the years to Celtic FC Foundation and especially their Christmas Appeal, which has helped so many individuals that come to our door each night, looking for clean clothes and a hot meal.”

The Invisibles provide sleeping bags, clothing and footwear to those living rough.  They encounter people wet, freezing and in need of a change of clothes.  Dermot Hill said, “The backing we receive through the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal plays a vital role in ensuring that we stay well stocked throughout this very difficult period.”

The Glasgow Night Shelter supports asylum seekers who cannot access statutory homelessness services due to their immigration status.  Foundation support allowed them to extend their opening hours over the festive period.  The Refugee Survival Trust were helped to provide bus passes, which allows people to build friendships.

The Elpis Centre, who provide for homeless young women and Spirit Aid similarly received  support.  For some kids, as well as toys, winter coats, wellies, shoes and school uniforms were provided.

This list goes on, literally for pages.  If you stopped to put money in a bucket, bid at an auction, raised sponsorship at a sleep out, bought a candle for Light Up the Clover, or participated in this work in any way, you will never know the full impact you have made.

It is hard to get your head around big numbers, but £310k is a phenomenal figure.  It compares to anything achieved by any football club in the world.  Through this work, Celtic fans are changing the world in a structured way.  The Foundation are careful with your money, its impact is measured and subsequent support is earned.

We live in a world that is very different from 1887, when Brother Walfrid and his parishioners decided that “a football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and unemployed.”  Then, the overwhelming majority of our community lived in abject poverty.  Now, most of us will fill our bellies tomorrow and sleep in a warm home.  But if this football club means anything to you, you will feel solidarity with those who fled to this country to seek a better life, those struggling to bring up kids and keep work and other plates spinning, those who are ill, without work, or those, who for a variety of circumstances, are without home, family and hope.

There but for the grace of God…  It can take very little to go wrong with our plans for our world to crash down.

The work of the Foundation is our proudest boast.  In 2019, more of us got this message and wanted to get involved.  We are part of a story that is 132 years old, that stretches back to a generation, some of whom fled famine and persecution but discovered the first step on the ladder involved squalor, hunger and cold.  Others have no link whatsoever to that story, but found their way to Celtic through common values.

And guess what?  We get to do it all again in 2020; our Celtic work never ends.  Thanks to everyone who ‘gets it’, you’re just brilliant.

Take care and have a great Christmas!

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  1. Such an apt Podium for the time of year

     

    Well done Connaire

     

    All the best to you and yours

     

     

    HH

  2. Hello again all you young rebels.

     

     

    Well only a coupla hours to go here in Oz until it’s festive time again.

     

    So before i go to my sons house and spend the next few days celebrating

     

    i’d like to wish all the Celtic family, CQN’rs, and all other decent human

     

    beings a very merry Christmas.

     

    A wee shout out for my aul pal PADDYMACOZ who goes under the surgeons

     

    knife on boxing day for a triple heart bypass.

     

    Ironic for a great Celt who was founder member of the first Celtic CSC here

     

    in the state of Victoria as he spent a lot of his time in the boxing ring to try

     

    and earn a coin.

     

    Keep punchin away Paddy and i’m sure you’ll lead us on to many more great

     

    days down on ye olde rebel peninsula.

     

    A successful triple treble and a successful triple bypass, that’ll bring us all the

     

    best ever present from Santa.

     

    H.H . Mick

  3. Paul 67

     

    You did this

     

     

    When res 12 first started. your site carried the fight and was at the forefront for seeking justice….you did this.

     

     

    By the beginning of this year you had switched your allegiance from siding with the fans seeking justice to ignoring the issue altogether…you did this

     

     

    but by the end of the year your loyalties swung 360 degrees and you now sided with the board in a soup taking gesture that defied belief…your header on this will stay with you

     

     

    Paul 67, you did all this

  4. MM – pass on the Garngads best wishes to Paddy and tell him that all of CQN is rooting for him.🙏💚🙏

     

     

    All you Bhoys and Ghirls around the globe who will see Christmas before us in the UK have a very Happy Christmas. 🎄🎉🍀💚

     

     

    What about all that cash the foundation has raised this year WOW…

     

     

    This is what it’s like to be Celtic.

     

     

    D. :)

  5. In case I don’t get on later,may I take this opportunity to wish all cqn’rs a very happy and heaithy christmas & new year ,especially those who are unwell or missing someone at this time. Also remember we’re all celts together,onwards and upwards to another treble hopefully In Lenny We Trust HH

  6. Paul 67,

     

     

    I would suggest all Celtic supporters take pride in our charity work. It has never been more needed.

     

     

    In Glasgow on Sunday it was mayhem, packed shops, markets, restaurants and boozers. The atmosphere was electric and very festive.

     

    However the sheer scale of beggars is utterly overwhelming; it’s impossible to give to them all , no matter how needy.

     

    A few times on our streets I have seen people in red jackets ( many young men and women ) making sure these poor people are ok and giving them a hot drink.

     

    Amazing and very humbling, who are they and how can I donate to then ?

     

     

    It is a national disgrace we have so many homeless in our midsts and it shames us as a country and society .It must be prioritised going forward over everything. These poor people need action now by our elected representatives. Paul is very correct ” There for the grace of God, go I ”

     

     

    However anybody on our streets using people’s compassion and generosity as a business must feel the full force of law enforcement. They are litterly taking food out of the mouths of the poorest and most vulnerable.

     

     

    HH to all.

  7. Paul,

     

    You provided Lambert & the rest of us with a site enabling us to express our views on all things Celtic. Like Lambert I do not agree with everything you say & do. However equally I am certain that not everyone agrees with what I say & do.

     

    It;s called Freedom of Speech and it works both ways. If we have freedom to think & say what we like then so do you.

     

    A bit of politeness & gratitude never goes astray either.

     

    So thank you for the site Paul, it has given me countless hours of pleasure over the years.

     

    and credit to you as You did This.

  8. DAVID66

     

     

    Thank you David, a best wish from Gods Garden will give him

     

    strength to keep fighting.

     

    And your correct about the foundation, what a support? what

     

    a family, they make us so proud.

     

    H.H . Mick

  9. Great article outlining the wonderful wonderful work that the CELTIC FOUNDATION does in our name for charity and deserving causes.

     

     

    And all this without setting off dangerous pyrotechnics home & away, without displaying political banners home & away, without seeking to ban those who have a different political point of view and without costing Celtic Football Club €500k in fines.

     

     

    Most good deeds stand on their own two feet, some however, in their timing and broadcasting, may be construed as camouflage

  10. A very fitting leader. This work is vital and welcome to those in desperate need at all times, I wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

     

    YNWA HH

  11. lambert14 on 24th December 2019 12:04 pm

     

     

     

    Initially Res 12 suited the Board’s agenda. It allowed for procrastination and obfuscation. But the can could only be kicked so far down the road. When that point came Res 12 became an embarrassment to the Board. Hence the volte face.

  12. lambert14 on 24th December 2019 12:04 pm

     

     

     

    Initially Res 12 suited the Board’s agenda. It allowed for procrastination and obfuscation. But the can could only be kicked so far down the road. When that point came Res 12 became an embarrassment to the Board. Hence the volte face.

  13. Melbourne Mick

     

    Have a great festive period down under, thank you for the wonderful missionary work and keeping the spirit alive to new fholks. Wishing Paddymacoz well with his surgery and recovery.

     

    HH

  14. McNut – I am a bit confused by your post, by the way it’s easy to confuse me.

     

     

    It looks like you are giving praise in the one hand and taking it away with the other. Unless I am reading it wrong, if so I apologise.

     

     

    Leave the other shit and just rejoice in the good work of the Foundation.

     

     

    D. :)

  15. FRIESDORFER

     

     

    Will let Paddy know you’re rooting for him, and i hope to see you

     

    back over here for one of our big CSC days.

     

    H.H . Mick

  16. Lambert 14,

     

     

    It is to Paul 67’s credit you are free to express your derogatory views about him on his own forum.

     

    Would you be so magnanimous if the roles were reversed?

     

    On Res 12 i fear it is too late and the ship has sailed , i still applaud the resolutioners however i now feel we need togetherness as a Celtic support.

     

    Outside football there is enough hatred and division, from my perspective it seems there are now more pressing issues to attend to.

     

     

    HH to all, and Merry Christmas.

  17. DAVID66 @12:31

     

     

    I do rejoice in the work of the Foundation and am always ready, willing & able to play my part.

     

     

    Sorry if you were confused.

  18. GREENPINATA on 24TH DECEMBER 2019 12:48 PM

     

     

    What did I say that was derogatory?

     

    Was I wrong?

     

    Did he go full on support for res 12 then do a total reverse?

     

     

    You also ask

     

    ‘Would you be so magnanimous if the roles were reversed?’

     

    After reading and re-reading this I still don’t understand what you mean.

  19. Lambert 14

     

     

    “by the end of the year your loyalties swung 360 degrees and you now sided with the board in a soup taking gesture that defied belief…your header on this will stay with you”

     

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    Is your paragraph above addressed to Paul 67 not derogatory ?

     

     

    I very much doubt other persons running a blog would be so accommodating.

     

    He is without doubt a bigger man than I am.

  20. Lambert 14.

     

     

    I don’t walk in Paul’s shoes , he will have his opinion and own slant on Res12.

     

    Like yourself I’m very disappointed in the reaction of the board to fight against an association which knowingly let us pay into a game , that for a decade ( at least) was bent .

     

     

    Whether Paul feels the same way or not isn’t my business. I will just be forever thankful & grateful that he was responsible for a blog that has given me a chance to meet and enjoy the company of Celtic fans ,I likely would never have met .

  21. What is the Stars on

    Snow is falling all around me, children playing having fun, tis the season, love and understanding, happy Christmas……i forgot the next line

  22. Deck the halls with Bolingoli…

     

     

    If you swing 360 degs you must be wearing baggie underpants.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Matt the triumphant (just won the battle of Sweetex hill and now sitting in the Winds planning my next campaign)

  23. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Merry Christmas Pablo.

     

     

    A very humbling and thought provoking leader.

     

     

    The quote below is yours, the capitalisation is mine.

     

     

    “Through this work, Celtic FANS are changing the world”

     

     

    Our fans are wonderful people.

     

     

    Generous, authentic, passionate.

     

     

    Hail hail

  24. Greenpinata on 24th December 2019 12:48 pm

     

     

     

     

     

    ‘On Res 12 i fear it is too late and the ship has sailed , i still applaud the resolutioners however i now feel we need togetherness as a Celtic support.’

     

     

     

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    No doubt you feel the same way about the Board’s failure to challenge or contradict the same club narrative.

     

     

    Which is entirely what was predicted when the huns went bust.