Organisers of new charitable initiative "blown away" by Celtic supporters

By John McGinley

July 16, 2022

Organisers of a new foodbank donation initiative have been left “blown away” by the response of Celtic supporters today.

Fans Supporting Foodbanks Scotland put out word earlier this week that they’d be taking donations opposite Celtic Park ahead of the Blackburn Rovers friendly.

Co-founder Robert Foster was taken aback by the response, telling The Daily Record: “I was really surprised – I didn’t expect people to have brought so much. We’ve got crates and crates of donations and the supporters at Celtic Park have been really, really generous.

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“We’ve got 10 crates and in comparison the first ever Liverpool and Everton collection did just one. They came to support us and were absolutely blown away.

“People were coming up and asking about it and I think it’s because we got the word out earlier this week. Our social media posts have had 40,000 views. So as well as everyone who brought food today we have people who say they’ll bring food next time, and we aim to be at every single game to collect donations.”

Celtic fans have often contributed incredibly to previous collections like this one, with The Green Brigade running their own service, as well as the Celtic FC Foundation.

With the cost of living increasing and vulnerable people in our society needing the support of others, it’s fantastic to see generous fans respond to the call and get involved with initiatives such as is.

Hopefully future efforts from this organisation, and others, can be similarly backed throughout the season.

Celtic being used as a tool to connect communities and help disadvantaged people is something that links the modern day to the very beginnings of the club. Long may it continue.

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