I spoke to one of the volunteers after the Celtic FC Foundation bucket collection two weeks ago, the first time she had been at Celtic Park, who said, “There’s a positive vibe about this place. Lots of good people.”
That was despite all 50-something-thousand of us being wet to the core and shivering. It’s good for someone to point out what we have grown overly familiar with. At least four generations turn up at Celtic Park and the oldest of those attended as kids, when the very first Celtic fans were still around.
The football team is enjoying a generation of domination that is likely to become the longest in our history, but that is nothing more than an historical oddity. The spirit of the Celtic Movement is far more significant and has seldom been in better fettle.
The Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal raised a record £240k this year. As a result, 466 families in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ireland received a significant Christmas gift. 50 vulnerable pensioners in Glasgow received a voucher to help them through the period.
The Simon Community were able to provide 120 homeless with a dinner at Celtic Park. £10,000 was given to the Glasgow Children’s Hospital to assist those in over the festive period.
The Scottish Refuge Council and Refuweegee were supported in their work with welcome packs for every refugee who arrives in the city. Gift and outings were provided for families supported by Glasgow East Women’s Aid.
A dinner was provided for the 120 aided by Glasgow City Mission, who assist homeless and socially isolated members of our community. Support was also give to Loaves & Fishes, The Invisibles and The Wayside Club, both of who also assist the homeless.
Glasgow Night Shelter, who aid homeless men who cannot access conventional homeless services due to their immigration status benefited, as did the Elpis Centre, who provide similar assistance to young women.
The list goes on and includes similar organisations in Edinburgh, Fife, London, across Ireland and in Canada.
God help anyone who needed assistance from Celtic FC Foundation this Christmas. Their struggles with be significant and there will be few joys in their lives, but whether it’s a welcome pack, a meal, clothing, shelter or a toy, you reached out to them. And that’s more important than any treble.
Well done. It is great to be part of such a community.
Have a great Christmas.