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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. As for the WhatsApp Warriors and The Name Changin’ Swearies……………
















    ….ah mean…………..



    Ha Ha. Ha.

  2. Big Jimmy……………..



    Keep it lit Bhoy.



    Reach out, there will be help.




  3. My good mhan Stivs,I will have you know the parliomo slipped into Rutherglen through some weegie


    getting on the housing list.HH

  4. Tuesday 24 December 2019


    Fast Track Notice of Claim | Sam Cosgrove, Player, Aberdeen FC


    Match: Celtic FC v Aberdeen FC


    Offence: A1 Serious Foul Play


    Claim: Wrongful Dismissal


    Fast Track Tribunal Hearing: Tuesday 24 December 2019


    Outcome: Claim dismissed. Original sanction re-applied.

  5. Re Cosgrove’s failed appeal, hope FTSA are going to continue playing by the rules for the forthcoming games and beyond. Somehow I doubt it.



    Merry Christmas everyone.

  6. Christmas tip.



    If you have a ‘nintendo switch LABO variety kit’ [the one with all the cardboard] for the kids for xmas.


    It is a good one to open early.!


    Been at it since 3pm this afternoon.My twin girls have one each.


    Takes some building.


    The kids are enthralled but their dad has given up.


    Would not have liked to tackle this one on christmas day




    Merry Christmas all you beautiful Celtic brothers and sisters.


    By the way speaking of charity I set up this page on tuesday for a 94 yr old lady customer of mine who was robbed by some dick.


    Heartbreaking story and I just had to do something.


    So far we have raised £585 for her !



  7. prestonpans bhoys on

    That magical moment you find out your cannonball Edinburgh gin is………..57.2%😱😁👏

  8. Found it surprising and disappointing that most pundits and professionals thought the Cosgrove tackle wasn’t a red card. When watched in real time and in slow motion its hard to fathom how anyone cant see it was dangerous and he was not in control. Absolutely the correct decision to reject the appeal.

  9. glendalystonsils on

    DAVID 17



    Most of these ‘pundits’ seemed to base their judgement on the fact that Cosgrove didn’t make contact , which of course , is entirely irrelevant . Perhaps the BBC should send their ‘pundits’ on an SFA course to familiarise them with the current laws of the game .

  10. prestonpans bhoys on

    The huddle



    Hertz fan said to me he thought the hibs tackle was fine as was the sheep’s one. Honestly😱😵

  11. prestonpans bhoys on 24th December 2019 8:03 pm



    Hertz fan said to me he thought the hibs tackle was fine as was the sheep’s one. Honestly😱😵




    Yeah, the Hibbes at work didn’t think it was a red and were wanting it appealed so that the guy could play against Hearts

  12. seriously.






    PFA Scotland Teams of the Year 2009-10 to 2018-19


    2009-10: A. McGregor, Whittaker, Weir, Webster, Papac, O’Brien, Davis, L. Miller, McCulloch, K. Miller, Boyd



    2010-11: A. McGregor, Wilson, Zaliukas, Bougherra, Izaguirre, Naismith, Kayal, Eremenko, Goodwillie, Sammon, Hooper



    2011-12: Randolph, Matthews, Gunning, Mulgrew, Dixon, Forrest, Davis, Mackay-Steven, Russell, Daly, Hooper



    2012-13: Randolph, Matthews, Hutchinson, Wilson, Mulgrew, A. Shinnie, Wanyama, Law, McGinn, Higdon, Griffiths



    2013-14: Forster, G. Shinnie, Van Dijk, Reynolds, Robertson, Armstrong, Pawlett, Commons, May, Boyd, Ciftci



    2014-15: Gordon, Logan, Denayer, Van Dijk, G. Shinnie, Armstrong, Brown, Johansen, Ciftci, Rooney, Stewart,



    2015-16: Bain, Logan, Ozturk, Davies, Tierney, Hayes, K. McLean, G. Shinnie, Hemmings, Griffiths, Stewart



    2016-17: Lewis, Logan, Lustig, Lindsay, Tierney, Armstrong, Brown, K. McLean, Hayes, Dembele, Sinclair



    2017-18: McLaughlin, Tavernier, Berra, McKenna, Tierney, Forrest, McGinn, Brown, McGeouch, Jones, Boyd



    2018-19: A. McGregor, Tavernier, Ajer, Boyata, Halkett, James Forrest, C. McGregor, Brown, G. Shinnie, Morelos, Kent

  13. Right…’turkey’ and ‘how to cook it’



    Pluck it obviously and baste it in peppered oil.



    Slice its flesh off its bones and let the taste melt into yer gob…



    Brilliant…if you put a wee bit of pepper on it.



    Now change the word ‘turkey’ to lets say….’cat’ or maybe ‘Koala Bear’.



    And how do we know that ‘ brussel sprouts’ don’t feel pain?



    Hail hail




  14. So why is anyone ‘surprised’ or otherwise at Michael Stewart? He gave his opinion! Because we don’t agree with it doesn’t make him wrong. And doesn’t make us right|!



    It’s called life.



    Hail hail



    Matt (no relation)

  15. Gordan,Lustig.Van Dyjke,Ajer,Teirney,McGregor,Wanyjama,Brown,Forrest,Griffiths,Dembele



    My team of the decade from whats available



    Not being biased but really has to be 11 celtic players.


    Like it or lump it we have been winning everything for nearly a decade.


    To put in a player from an also ran team from this decade is a nonsense.


    Although I would lump for Neil Lennon as manager and Craig Whyte as owner.


    Duff and Phelps could run the corporate finance affairs …PMSL

  16. I went:



    Gordan,Lustig.Van Dyjke,Boyata,Teirney,McGregor,Sinclair,Brown,Forrest,Hooper,Dembele

  17. Shorties team o’ the dekade is imo just a sleekit way a sayin’ ABC………players could be konsidered…………………..


    neatly, an’ sleekitly……………….gettin’ ooooot there the notion that Celtic huvnae gubbed, eveything and anything they’ve encountered.



    Now, I’m not suggestin’ in every position we’ve always been top dogs………..far from it.








  18. 8 titles, 5 scottish cups,5 league cups…….That’s 18 major trophies in this decade by ONE CLUB.



    The other 41 clubs in the country share 12 major trophies .



    I think we know who should make up ALL of the team of the decade.

  19. *Ciftci…..shivers…..the worst I have seen in 47 years watching Celtic, and I have seen plenty….more to follow I’m sure

  20. prestonpans bhoys on

    If you thought that PFA decade team selection was bad look at the DR’s Hin team of the decade too. No link given personal choice but believe me utterly pish for a seven old club😜

  21. Hun lovin’ scoddish meeja……..



    …….when they cannae openly slag, ridicule or denigrate Celtica



    they’ll just bum up a’bdy else especially the huns………while sleekitly slaggin’ Celtica.