Praise has been getting heaped onto Celtic after they announced the first stage of plans for the Football for Good Fund.
The club has set up the fund, through the Celtic FC Foundation, to help communities and those in urgent need of food and supplies during the current health pandemic.
Celtic revealed news of the venture last Friday. However, in updated plans, they announced that they will commence with an initial £170k sum. This will see the club work initially with local partners such as FARE Scotland, the Salvation Army, and Help the Homeless to name a few.
And, reacting to the news, FARE Scotland and others were quick to thank and praise the club for their efforts during the current crisis:
— Glasgow's Golden Generation (@GlasgowsGG) March 25, 2020
@FoundationCFC has donated £7k worth of food to @FARE_Scotland to continue our emergency food hampers. We have a further £21k arriving tomorrow with thanks to funding from @GlasgowCC and we have already distributed approximately £20k to the most vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/iTahAhhhUR
— Jimmy Wilson (@Jimmy_FARE) March 25, 2020
We are overwhelmed by the support and would like to thank the @FoundationCFC for their contribution to help vulnerable families and senior citizens. Thank you!💚
— FARE Scotland (@FARE_Scotland) March 25, 2020
Looking from inside The Wayside I am acutely aware of the difference your support right now, in not just ours but everyone’s time of need will truly mean! I cannot thank you enough for your continued support for such a deserving organisation like the Wayside!
— Whitelawwarrior (@whitelawwarrior) March 25, 2020
Good work Celtic, from a Celtic fan 👏
— Fitzy 🍀 (@Fitzy_072) March 25, 2020
Excellent work and hope that feeding frontline staff is up and running soon. Maybe a way to get them something to heat up at home as well as when working.
— steven (@Beaumontbhoy) March 25, 2020
Tremendous gesture yet again more than a club
— Kevin reid (@Kevinreid1987) March 25, 2020
Class as usual👏🍀
— Hoopster 88🍀 (@hoopster_88) March 25, 2020
Extremely thankful to @FoundationCFC and @CelticFC for their very generous funding awarded to us today.We received £2500 which will all be used to provide much needed food and fuel payments for families and the elderly within our community.We are in the youthy every day to help❤️ https://t.co/YTKrRygxFd
— Royston Youth Action (@RYA_YOUTHCLUB) March 25, 2020
More to come from Celtic
By all accounts, this is just the first step from the club when it comes to their charitable actions during the current pandemic.
Celtic stated in their announcement yesterday that they’re looking to provide a contribution to try and feed frontline NHS staff in Glasgow. The club is still trying to find a partner in order to do this.
In addition to that, the Hoops have extended their support to vulnerable communities in cities such as London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Belfast respectively. It’s a massively positive opening step in what will surely make a big difference to certain people’s lives.
Celtic have stated that their priority remains putting food on the table combined with urgent essentials. It’s a big move, and one that we should have a responsibility to carry out given the wealth of the club.
There has been no update on when to expect another announcement, but this is clearly a long-term venture. Hopefully, the Hoops can continue making an impact on a wider scale wherever possible.
But going by the thankfulness of the charities who have already received donations, it’s clear that Celtic are already proving to be a force for good in these challenging times.