Celtic FC Foundation delivers £50,000 donation to UNICEF and War Child
CELTIC FC Foundation are delighted to confirm that a magnificent net total of £200,000 was raised through our Maestrio Charity Weekend – featuring Paul McStay and Rio Ferdinand - in September.
The events, which were sponsored by Flip and Magners, kicked off with the sell-out Maestrio Charity Dinner at the Thistle Hotel on Saturday, September 6 and culminated in the star-studded Maestrio Charity Match – McStay’s Maestros v Rio’s All Stars - the following day at Celtic Park.
Net proceeds of the weekend have been split equally between Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.
Celtic FC Foundation selected UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and War Child – two respected charities which take no side in conflict - as main beneficiaries, to help support their humanitarian work across the Middle East.
Both charities have now been presented with donations of £25,000.
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: "A huge amount of work and energy delivered this great occasion and we are absolutely delighted at the results.
“Through this event, between the club, supporters, sponsors and friends of Celtic working together, we created something which ultimately will once again will make a hugely significant and positive difference to the lives of so many families and young people at home and abroad.
“We are all rightly proud of the club's inherent social dimension and in the last 20 years, through our Charity Fund and now the Foundation, we are pleased that our work in this area has been enhanced and revitalised, to ensure that so many people in need receive the much needed support they deserve.
“I thank everyone who was involved in organising and supporting this event and of course everyone who continues to support the work of Celtic FC Foundation.”
Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “I am delighted that we raised such an incredible sum of money. Both of our charities are very grateful to receive this cash, as is the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and we will use the remaining money to make a difference to people’s lives locally.
“Thanks to all who took part in the events, to our sponsors and to those who paid to attend the dinner or the match. The club staff and Executive who helped us deliver these events deserve enormous credit too.
“This is who we are and the success of big events like this is down to a willingness to improve people’s lives – it’s our major motivating factor.”
Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK, added: “We are absolutely delighted to benefit from the Maestrio Charity Weekend and would like to say a huge thank you to Celtic FC Foundation for all their support.
“This is a significant donation for War Child and will make a huge difference to the lives of children who are currently caught up in conflict.
“Right now, War Child are working in some of the worst conflict zones in the world to keep children safe and help them build a life free from poverty.
“This donation will help War Child reach more children in places like Iraq and Jordan where we are supporting Syrian refugee children. Thank you so much for your vital support.”
Jane Cooper, UNICEF UK Director of Communications, said: “Unicef works to save and protect the rights of all children. Many hundreds of thousands of children throughout the Middle East are living without access to basic life-saving essentials, such as food, clean water and shelter.
“We would like to thank Celtic for supporting our work in the region to help improve these children’s lives.”
The remaining £50,000 will support Celtic FC Foundation projects in and around Glasgow, which aim to tackle poverty.
Our partner in the Maestrio Charity Weekend, The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, will devote the funds to their work with local community partners in both London and across townships in South Africa which support and assist children, young people and families suffering the effects of poverty, violence and abuse on a day-to-day basis.
Rio Ferdinand said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in delivering the Maestrio event, the players and celebrities, the staff at Celtic FC and at Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and especially all those people who came out to support both the dinner and game.
“To have raised such a great sum of money to help support young people and families in difficult circumstances in England, Scotland and the Middle East is a fantastic effort in the current economic climate.”
Thank you to the Celtic Family for, once again, providing outstanding support to our charitable efforts to help those less fortunate. Your magnificent input epitomises the core essence of our club’s humble beginnings.
Christmas Appeal breaks through £20,000 barrier
CELTIC FC Foundation are delighted to announce we have now broken the £20,000 barrier for this year’s Christmas Appeal!
This is an absolutely phenomenal total and we would like to thank the Celtic Family for your wonderful support so far.
The Celtic first-team squad are right behind the Appeal and you can watch a message from Scott Brown, Craig Gordon and Adam Matthews HERE
Our target is to provide a proper Christmas meal for around 200 local families, who otherwise would go without, as well as giving gifts for the younger family members. If we don’t help them, there might not be a Christmas in those households.
We are also aiming to support local charities who care for those experiencing the torment of homelessness or other disadvantage.
The generosity and compassion of the Celtic Family is unique and unsurpassed, and we are requesting your support once again for an Appeal which epitomises the very essence of our Club and truly honours the founding principles of Brother Walfrid.
Please help us brighten up lives and reach our goal this Christmas.
Those individuals and charities we are looking to support through the 2014 Christmas Appeal are:
- Around 200 local families (a Christmas meal and gifts for the children)
- Glasgow East Women’s Aid (Gifts, toys and family outings gifts for those in the refuge)
- Spirit Aid (Christmas hampers for those in need in the West of Scotland)
- Glasgow Simon Community (we will host a Christmas lunch here at Celtic Park on Sunday, December 7)
- Loaves and Fishes (a hot meal in the cold weather for the homeless and those living in poverty)
- The Wayside Club Centre (a refuge and meal on Christmas day for the homeless)
- Glasgow City Mission (support for their Older Men’s Club which provides food and companionship)
- Scottish Refugee Council (support for refugees facing their first Christmas in Scotland)
- The Invisibles (warm goods and clothing for the City’s homeless)
- Yorkhill Children’s Charity (gifts and activities for children facing a hospital stay over Christmas)
As part of the Appeal, Celtic FC Foundation will be hosting our first ever Ladies Lunch – Ghirls for Good – on Saturday, December 13 in the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park. The event is being sponsored by the Ellen Kane Trust. Tickets are priced at £45pp and you can find more details here -http://www.celticfc.net/news/6998
We will also be providing a party for some local primary school children on Thursday, December 18 in the Kerrydale Suite.
To get behind the Christmas Appeal 2014, donations can be made in the following ways:
- Text – text ‘CELT07’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70070
- Online – www.celticfc.net/charity/donate
- Cash – there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
- Cheque – payable to ‘Celtic FC Foundation’ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE.
- GAYL – support through online shopping - http://www.celticfc.net/news/7018
Any donation you make this Christmas will help those who need it most.
Thank you for making a difference.
Priesthill Community Garden helped by Celtic FC Foundation
CELTIC FC Foundation are delighted to be able to make a £1,000 donation to the 3Hills Community Garden in Priesthill after it was recently damaged by fire last week.
The garden, which is set in the grounds of Cleeves Primary School, is an essential community space used by children as young as two-years-old for education and outdoor lessons.
It also acts as a social area where the local community get together and are taught how to grow affordable food and have the opportunity to meet with others in the area.
The main aims of Celtic FC Foundation are that of improving Health, promoting Equality, encouraging Learning and tackling Poverty, and the 3Hills Community Garden is a model example of the great work in which we are able to support.
Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “We were saddened to hear of the damage at such an important community facility but we are delighted that we could assist on this occasion.
“The community garden at Househillmuir is used by so many people so it’s necessary to restore it as soon as possible.
“People in the community are a major priority for us at Celtic FC Foundation, which is why we’re currently running our Christmas Appeal. This will benefit many local families in the city and other organisations who look after vulnerable people, including the homeless and women and children in refuge."
Please help us brighten up lives this Christmas.
There are a number of ways to get behind the Christmas Appeal 2014
1. Donate by Text – text ‘CELT07’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70070
2. Donate Online – www.celticfc.net/charity/donate
3. Donate in Cash – there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
4. Donate by Cheque – payable to ‘Celtic FC Foundation’ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE.
5. Attend the Ghirls for Good ladies lunch on Saturday, December 13 - http://www.celticfc.net/news/6998
6. Give as You Live via your Christmas shopping -http://www.celticfc.net/news/7018