The Celtic Family come to the aid of Africa

Published on Monday 25th July, 2011 by Celtic Trust

A club that came from famine now takes steps to help our brothers and sisters in East Africa

The Celtic Trust are delighted to give its full backing to the decision by the Celtic Charity Fund to donate all the revenues over and above costs to Oxfam for its work in East Africa.  We welcome the decision to expand the whole event to turn it into to a Celtic famine relief effort on a scale unseen before in terms of an individual football club.  The Trust put a resolution to Celtic PLC AGM some years ago asking for an annual charity match to take place.  That resolution was defeated but the principle seems to have taken hold and we congratulate Celtic and the Celtic Charity Fund for this.  We call on the whole Celtic family to unite around this initiative and to come to the match, or donate online or by any of the means which Celtic will organise and which we will try to publicise here. 

A statement from Celtic on 21 July reads:

CELTIC Charity Fund, the charitable arm of Celtic Football Club today announced that the forthcoming Legends match between Celtic and Manchester United on August 9, 2011 will raise funds for the victims of the drought in East Africa. 

The drought in this area has already caused devastation and the United Nations yesterday declared certain areas as famine regions.

Celtic Charity Fund has taken the decision to make Oxfam's East Africa Famine Appeal the event's main charitable beneficiary of the event. And it is an occasion which has taken on a whole new scale, with ITV now broadcasting the match live from Celtic Park. Stars from football and entertainment will be out in force at Celtic Park to back the campaign.  

There will be opportunities for fans to make donations live during transmission by phone and online, and it will be an event full of great entertainment. 

Billy Connolly, the Patron of the Celtic Foundation will be at Celtic Park on the night, as will a host of other stars. 

Legends of both clubs and the entertainment world will be taking part in the match. Already confirmed are players such as Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton, Roy Keane, Martin  O'Neill, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham. 

Many others will be contributing to the event in various ways. Already confirmed as lending support to the event and the fundraising effort are Wayne Rooney, Rod Stewart, Eddie Jordan, Sharleen Spiteri, Dougray Scott and Paolo Nutini. 

Celtic manager Neil Lennon said: “This is a great cause and one we should all support. The charitable spirit and generosity of our supporters is well known and we’re sure our fans will once again lend their backing to support the many thousands of people in Africa who need our help.   

“The images from Africa which we are seeing daily are heart-breaking and this is a cause everyone at the Club is fully behind.

“It's fantastic that so many people are committing their time and support to this event. We’re sure the evening will be a great success and we look forward to welcoming as many supporters as possible.”

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “Celtic's charitable ethos is well known and we are delighted to be staging this event as we aim to support people who are in real need at this time.    

“Celtic was formed by children of the Great Famine who fled Ireland due to the devastation there.  

“It is therefore very appropriate that we choose to assist the victims of this modern-day tragedy, one which is likely to escalate even further unless help is provided. 

“We will be hoping to do all we can to raise as much as possible for this cause. We thank everyone involved taking part and all our fans for their support as we aim to make a difference.”

Tickets are now on general sale priced £10 Adult and £5 Concession. Click HERE to purchase tickets online, call 0871 226 1888* or by visit the Celtic Ticket Office.

Tickets are also available in the following Celtic retail outlets:
Argyle Street, Sauchiehall Street, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Edinburgh, East Kilbride,
Celtic Superstore


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