Celtic supporter makes sure Uganda is green and white

By Euan Davidson

April 10, 2021

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In Cork, a Celtic supporter has responded to a need for football kits in Uganda. Responding to a tweet from a Uganda-based Hoops fan, involved with community football, Dave Walsh and his pals got involved. Not long after stepping to action, Walsh amassed over 100 shirts and kits for the Kiwafu Lions, in Kampala, Uganda.

It’s a display of how fantastic Celtic supporters can be.

Walsh, with his friends, are sending over a huge collection of jerseys old and new, t-shirts, shorts and miscellaneous Green and White merchandise. He told CorkBEO:

“I noticed months back a post on Twitter from a team called the Kiwafu Lions in Uganda looking for Celtic Jerseys for their team and their local fans.

“So myself and other community activists from Lasair Dhearg based in Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Glasgow put the wheels in motion before Christmas and have collected 100 jerseys alongside shorts, t-shirts, polos and other training gear from those four collection points.

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“When I contacted Paul Dronyi, who is the founder of the Kiwafu Lions and a local resident of Kampala, Uganda, to tell him of our haul so far he was thrilled.

“The jerseys will be for the local team who wear predominantly Celtic kits but we have received so many that the excess will be given to the excited locals of all ages from toddlers to adults.”

Kampala, Uganda / (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

From Lisbon Lions to the Kiwafu Lions of Uganda; Celtic supporters making a positive impact across the world

The reach of Celtic across the world is magnificent. From the Thai Tims [Daily Record] to the Johannesburg CSC [eTims], Bhoys supporters are never shy when it comes to charitable donation.

Closer to home, we’ve seen regular charity campaigns by the Green Brigade and the Celtic FC Foundation. Of course, charity is at the heart of the club’s values. Formed in 1887 to help alleviate poverty in the East End of Glasgow, the Bhoys played their first game in 1888.

Ever since, giving back to the community has been a focus. Whether from the club itself, supporters, or both.

In this case, it’s Irish Celtic supporters making the difference to communities overseas. Handily, Walsh and co have pointed out that they’re continuing to take donations at The Harp Bar, Pouladuff Road, Ballyphehane.

Simply put: we love to see it.

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