From Famine to Famine Relief

Published on Wednesday 10th August, 2011 by Celtic Trust

Jeanette Findlay reflects on a fantastic night at Parkhead

Celtic Legends v Man U Legends

Brother Walfrid

The turnout at the Legends match for famine relief in East Africa must have exceeded the wildest dreams of everyone involved.  The Celtic Charity Fund must be congratulated for organising this incredible event. It was a fantastic occasion in so many ways.  The sight of tens of thousands of Celtic fans - many of them very young children, and many of them visiting Celtic Park for the first time, was enough to bring a lump to the throat.  Those of us who are always proud of Celtic and what it stands for are now joined by many around the UK who were able to join us via ITV4 for what must the the biggest single charitable event organised by any football club.  If they didn't know about Celtic before then they know now; if all they have heard previously is the bile heaped on us and the guilt by 'association' handed down to us by the Scottish media and politicians then now they could see the truth with their own eyes. 

From the wonderful gesture by John Kennedy to forego every penny of his planned testimonial, to the stars of the pitch, the screen and the stage who gave their services free, to the 55,000 fans, many of whom were still queuing to buy tickets 15 minutes from kick-off in a line which stretched down Kerrydale Street and along London Road as far as Kinloch Street; to the Ticket Office staff who worked so hard right up to and beyond the last minute:  everyone of them played their part in one of the proudest non-footballing moments in our club's history. 

But let us not rest on our laurels; some years ago the Celtic Trust put a resolution to the Celtic PLC AGM that there should be an annual charity match at Parkhead - hopefully to replace some of the pointless and ill-attended pre-season friendlies we are subjected to.  There have been a number of charity matches since but we need to establish this as a regular practice.  The turnout won't necessarily always match last night's game, but in times of greatest need, we would have an opportunity as a Club and as a community to come together to make a significant difference to the lives of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who need our help.

My greatest hope is that those young children who attended Celtic Park last night will retain the memory of this occasion and join us in the future as young Celtic supporters who, in their very bones, know what Celtic is all about. 


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Fife Bhoy says:
2011-08-11 13:31:16

Good article and good point about the annual charity match to replace one of the meaningless friendlies


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