Over 500 Glasgow families benefit as Celtic team up with Islamic Relief

By Euan Davidson

July 7, 2021

The Celtic Foundation have teamed up with Islamic Relief to ensure meals for over 500 families in Glasgow.

During the summer holidays, many children suffer from a lack of school meals, and families can feel the pinch. With that in mind, the Celtic Foundation and Islamic Relief launched an initiative which will undoubtedly help families in Glasgow.

And it’s been an inter-faith effort, with several organisations getting involved to help out.

Tufail Hussain, director of Islamic Relief, told STV:

“What I’m immensely proud of is the interfaith element here.

“You’ve got Islamic Relief, a leading Islamic organisation. Celtic FC which has it’s roots in Irish Catholicism, we’re packing in a Church of Scotland church, and are working in partnership with the Glasgow Gurdwara. 

“We’re helping both Muslims and non-Muslims, which is a beautiful message of unity.”

At a time like this, with the effects of Covid-19 still wreaking havoc on the wallets of families across the world, it’s a welcome bit of news. The Celtic Foundation have been incredibly active since the pandemic struck in early 2020.

Across a number of fronts, Celtic’s Foundation have been hugely impactful. The Football for Good Fund has helped to alleviate the myriad impacts of Covid-19. From Food and Fuel Poverty, to helping to tackle loneliness and isolation, the Foundation have made Celtic supporters proud, as well as bringing fans into efforts wherever possible.

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Glasgow families benefit as inter-faith charity epitomises “football for good” message

For all the negative press football has had in Glasgow over the last year, this is undoubtedly a heartening and meaningful story.

It’s always important to remember that Celtic Football Club’s roots are in charity. It was established to alleviate poverty for Glasgow families, and it’s vital that ethos continues.

Last week, we spoke about Dom McKay and Celtic providing tickets for beneficiaries of the Kano Foundation. We’ve also seen the Celtic Foundation providing resources for elderly people particularly effected by the pandemic.

Of course, an institution the size of Celtic has a moral obligation to make its immediate community better. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t absolutely applaud the club’s charity wing when it’s doing such fantastic work.

In today’s landscape, inter-faith displays of solidarity, charity and kindness are more important than ever. For the Celtic Foundation, and supporters en masse, this is something to support and be proud of.

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