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Walfrid's Wish

Football for Good Fund Beneficiary: FARE Scotland

Football for Good Fund Beneficiary: FARE Scotland

As we continue to support those most in need in our communities, we turn our focus to another of the charity partners who will benefit through Celtic FC Foundation's Football for Good Fund - FARE Scot

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Our Blog

    David Edgar Had a Swagger

    27 September 2017

    David Edgar had a swagger - that many fellow Celtic fans shared - as he approached the stadium for last Saturday’s Glasgow derby.

    But his was different.

    Very different...

    He had just completed the fourth stage of his cycle journey to every Celtic SPFL away match this season, fundraising on behalf of Celtic FC Foundation.

    Due to opening fixtures, he’s completed a total of 48 miles so far.

    “Yeah, it sounds easy peasy, but the next match is Aberdeen which I’ve calculated to be 170 miles and should take around 14 and a half hours!”

    “It’s going to be a real test but I’m looking forward to the challenge. The reaction I’ve had at the matches has been fantastic. People notice my t-shirt and the bike and offer donations. It’s been a wonderful experience!”

    “The Dundee fixture on Boxing Day means I’ll need to leave my family on Christmas Day and cycle overnight but, knowing I’m helping to contribute to Celtic FC Foundation, makes it all worthwhile.”

    You can lend your support to David’s phenomenal, season-long effort here - https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bhoyontheroad

    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.