Scottish Refugee Council's heartfelt gratitude to Celtic after sizeable donation

By Euan Davidson

March 10, 2022

The Scottish Refugee Council have offered heartfelt gratitude to Celtic after the club made a £10,000 donation.

Yesterday, the club announced that it would again be supporting the Scottish Refugee Council’s efforts, having been linked with the charity in the past [Celtic FC]. Given the situations in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen and other parts of the world, it’s a crucial time to support refugees fleeing conflicts worldwide.

The club was recognised by the Council for its efforts. The charity tweeted that they were here to provide support to those seeking refuge in Scotland, and thanked Celtic for the donation.

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The Scottish Refugee Council said to Celtic [Twitter]: “Thanks so much for supporting our work.

“No matter which part of the world people are from, or which conflict they are fleeing, if they are here in Scotland and need help to rebuild their lives, we are here for them. Your support really makes a difference.”

Celtic, of course, were born from the ideal of supporting Irish immigrants in the East End of Glasgow. From humble, charitable beginnings in St Mary’s, Calton, a football club was established. It’s since gone to be one of the most recognisable sports clubs in the world.

Our current manager, Ange Postecoglou, has spoken about his own journey as an immigrant to Australia. When he joined Celtic, he said: “We were immigrants to another land, didn’t know the language, didn’t know a soul.

“And yet, somehow my father managed to forge a life and an opportunity for me, that 55 years later I’m halfway around the world living my dream.”

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Celtic charity donation will make a huge difference for refugees coming to Scotland

As a “club open to all”, it’s of course important that Celtic practice what they preach. This is doing that to an absolute T.

Celtic have recently shown solidarity and support to refugees seeking a new life in Scotland. A group of new Afghan Celtic supporters were welcomed to Parkhead in February [Twitter]. Over the years, Celtic have repeatedly remembered their roots.

That’s really vital. Football can feel overly commercialised, even cynical at times. No club is immune to how much the sport has changed over recent decades. That’s why remembering where you come from is so, so important.

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Tony Hamilton, the Celtic FC Foundation chief, perhaps summed it up best yesterday, when he said [Celtic FC]: “Helping displaced people coming to Scotland with food, clothing and shelter is completely in line with our own values.

“We are pleased to be in a position to do that for the Scottish Refugee Council, as we have done previously.

“There are already many such people in our communities, with more coming, and it’s important for us that we maintain a strong level of support where we can.”

That’s what you want to hear from a club that started with the vision to alleviate poverty locally, and provide community.

Long may this solidarity last. It’s exactly what Brother Walfrid would’ve wanted.

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