Celtic have today provided a class update on the Football for Good Fund as it continues to help those in most need during the pandemic.
The Fund, run by the Celtic FC Foundation, has managed to raise a mightily impressive £1m+ which it blitzed back in December.
Celtic have today announced that their support has extended to 36,000 families and individuals, 10,000 pensioners, and 7,000 homeless people. In addition to that, the fund has helped provide hot meals and drinks to front-line NHS staff.
Celtic FC Foundation chief executive Tony Hamilton has discussed some of the work done so far as he promoted some of the upcoming initiatives:
“It’s been a fantastic response for the Football for Good Fund. We’ve raised over £1m in that time (since March). A big, big credit to the Celtic supporters across the world. We’ve got committees and individuals who are 100% behind us in Glasgow, London, New York. They’ve helped us achieve some of the things we did.
“We had the Christmas Appeal as well. £250k raised. We put £90k into gifts for 2,700 kids in Glasgow. £75k into families who are vulnerable, who’ve got young children who were in real trouble. £8k into pensioners – vulnerable people living alone. £30k almost to the homeless charities.
“A truly remarkable response and a real credit to the Celtic support. Now we’re working with NHS staff to try and help them create this area within Glasgow Royal Infirmary that gives them a place to go and get away from the utter chaos they’re facing for 12 hours a day. We were very lucky to pick up a significant donation from a private individual yesterday, which is going to allow us to create a Festival for Schools in Glasgow through Easter.”
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Listen, we all know the troubles the football club has on the pitch and at times off of it. We’re not going into that here. This is all about the Foundation, and to have raised a seven-figure sum is absolutely top-notch work.
It also shows the generosity and kindness of the Celtic support. It’s via the fans that the Foundation manages to bring in much of its donations. The efforts put in by everyone connected with the project and those who have donated can’t be undermined.
The numbers in terms of those who have been aided or benefited by the fund in some way deserves recognition. It shows how strong the Celtic family can be when it comes together. And even when supporters are as disconnected from the club as they ever have been, they still have so much love for the work of its charity branch.
It’ll now be interesting to see how the upcoming Easter projects come along. As well as the Festival for Schools, Hamilton also announced that the fund will continue for as long as it’s needed.
Even in times of severe disarray on the pitch, the strength of the relationship between supporters and the Foundation remains as strong as ever.