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Success in Kazakhstan, not only on the pitch

Success in Kazakhstan, not only on the pitch

AS the first team recently progressed to the groups stages of the UEFA Champions League in Kazakhstan, Celtic FC Foundation visited two charities in the southern city of Almaty. Both of those organis

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    2017 Malawi adventure comes a close

    15 June 2017

    As Blantyre, Malawi blessed us with yet another stunning sunset on Wednesday evening, it was time for a period of reflection for our volunteers.

    Monday and Tuesday saw both groups put in two incredible shifts to complete the educational 'talking walls' at their assigned rural Under-Six Centres - Chembona and Kantukule. As a result, our volunteers significantly improved the learning environments at five Centres in the space of 10 days, providing invaluable and lasting resources for over 1,000 children aged under six.

    This is a remarkable outcome of which Brother Walfrid and his fellow founding fathers would be proud.

    There were many more magical moments over the course of Monday and Tuesday, including one excited girl who mastered the hoola hoop, having never previously set eyes on one in her young life and the reaction of a group of children to the release of balloons and lollipops all round. Celtic songs, races with the children, a football match which our volunteer Niall christened 'the greatest day of his life'. Apparently he scored a hat-trick - two were screamers into the top corner (there were no goalposts or nets) and the other he rounded the keeper, aged 7. The simple things in life. The most beautiful, memorable and heartwarming smiles.

    Once again, the time came to say goodbye and the Care Givers expressed their deep gratitude and offered a millions blessings through song and dance. Special moments never to be forgotten.

    The final full day in Malawi - Wednesday - saw the group make a two-hour journey to a primary school in Chikala to assist with the distribution of back packs to every child. These are donated to Mary's Meals from countries around the world, with many coming from Scotland. Inside each bag is a selection of items (clothing, toys, stationery, toiletries) which are specifically tailored to the sex and age of the child. It was an honour for our volunteers to play a small part in personally handing the bags to each pupil and witnessing the joy that someone else's kindness brings.

    The group came together for one last dinner on Wednesday night which included the final instalment of 'highlight of the day'. However, we've been promised a 'highlight of the trip' edition during our five hour wait in Addis Ababa airport on the way home.

    After recording Celtic TV messages to complete documentation of the trip this morning (Thursday), our Celtic legends will now begin the long journey home. Leaving Malawi at around 3.40pm, the group are scheduled to arrive back at Paradise on Friday, early evening.

    There are so many people to thank for making the trip possible.

    Every single person who sponsored or supported one of our volunteers, TMG for arranging travel and accommodation, Mary's Meals for being our magnificent placement partner, Kabula Lodge for looking after us so well and being the perfect setting, Ozzie from Responsible Safari for providing a first class internal travel service throughout, Celtic TV for sending the fantastic Siobhann Caulfield to capture the trip, Intelligent Car Leasing for donating return travel between Celtic Park and Heathrow Airport and the beautiful, wonderful children and adults of Malawi for truly being the 'Warm Heart of Africa'.

    Last but by no means least, thank you to our 16 volunteers for being such special souls who have epitomised the core charitable essence of our football club. Putting others before themselves.

    Mark Cameron
    John Cassidy
    Dannika Drain
    Laura Gaffney
    Stevie McComiskie
    Erin McGeough
    Rachel Kelly
    Niall Keogh
    Sean Kirwan
    Mairi McAslan
    Carol McGurin
    Derek Noonan
    Kathleen Noonan
    Lynn Tennent
    Gerry White
    Kiera White

    They came to Malawi as 16 individuals but leave as one family. They have shared a life-changing experience they will never forget and the bonds formed will last forever.

    The volunteers may be heading home today but each and every one of them is leaving a little bit of their heart behind in Malawi.

    To register your interest in future volunteer overseas trips, please email cfcfoundation@celticfc.co.uk or call 0141 551 4321. 

    Malawi Adventure Continues...

    13 June 2017

    On Thursday, Group 1 - Derek, Kathleen, Carol, Niall, Laura, Lynn, Kiera and Gerry - had impressed the staff at Mkwate Madulira Under-Six Centre so much that they were asked to do additional educational stencilling! This will provide the Centre with two separate learning areas - inside and outside - and have a greater chance of including all 150 pupils in valuable lessons.

    Meanwhile, Group 2 - Erin, Mark, Stevie, Sean, Mairi, Rachel, Dannika and John - had a chance meeting with Mary's Meals Founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, as he visited the Area 5 Under-Six Centre they were putting the finishing touches to. Magnus thanked both groups for their selfless support and the difference they are making in Malawi. It was an emotional experience for the volunteers as they witnessed first hand the outpouring of  love and gratitude for Mary's Meals and the vital role they are playing in challenging hunger and poverty.

    At the end of the day, the group bid an emotional farewell to the staff and children, leaving numerous gifts, toys and lots of love behind.

    Friday saw Group 1 return to Mkwate Madulira for the final time to complete the additional educational artwork on the area outside the classroom. As with their fellow volunteers, a few creatives have definitely been uncovered, much to their own surprise! Again, it was tough to say goodbye to the children with whom bonds had already been formed but there was most definitely comfort in the fact their efforts would improve the educational experience for the children for many years to come.

    Having finished Area 5 a day earlier than anticipated, Group 2 made a flying visit to St Mary's Chemusa Under-Six Centre to create 'talking walls' in the space of a few hours. They achieved a remarkable amount in such a short space of time and the impact on the children will be significant.

    One of the most special things to witness about this group of individuals with a common social conscience is their interaction with the children. Covered in paint splashes from head to toe they always find time to play a variety of games with those who matter most. Frisbees, hoola hoops, skipping ropes, stickers, rounders and cricket sets, educational parachutes and just plain old fashioned games like 'heads, shoulders, knees and toes' are a daily occurrence. It's also a bit surreal to hear hundreds of Malawian children singing songs familiar in grounds across Scotland, with chants of 'Glasgow's Green and White' along with 'Kieran Tierney'!

    Saturday was the only day off for the volunteers so they visited Majete National Park to experience another side of Africa on a game drive and boat safari. It was a great day all round with the groups trading stories of being chased by an elephant and a face off with a crocodile.

    Then it was back to work on Sunday as both groups were introduced to their new Under-Six Centres - Group 1 at Chembona and Group 2 at Kantukule. Both Centres are much more rural and provide an insight into the additional challenges faced by the local communities around access. Most of the preparatory work was completed so that the focus over the next two days will be on completing the 'talking walls'.

    A final Mary's Meals project will be confirmed for Wednesday before the volunteers depart for home on Thursday.

    Laughter rings out from our temporary home at Kabula Lodge every night as the volunteers share their stories and a million memories are made. Volunteer and Supporters' Committee Chairman, Mark Cameron (who knew he was a hoola hoop champion πŸ˜„) also introduced a nightly 'favourite moment of the day' around the table question which has led to a wonderful range of hilarious, heartwarming, touching and emotional comments.

    As the group now approach their final few days in the Warm Heart of Africa, they continue to make an impact on the lives of the children and staff of their designated Centres, on behalf of the Celtic Family.

    Thank you for all the support you have given them so far and there's still time to get behind their efforts here -