Celtic FC Foundation’s London trip for local schools
EAST END schools, Haghill Park and St Denis´ Primaries are on a visit to London this week as part of Celtic FC Foundation’s Digital Education Programme.
As part of their trip, the schools will be taking in education and enterprise visits to the British Film Institute, CNBC and a number of other businesses.
On Monday night the children visited the area of Poplar, close to St Anne’s in the historical Tower Hamlets area of London´s East End, where in 1893 Brother Walfrid was sent by his religious order to teach.
Local MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Glasgow-born Jim Fitzpatrick was on hand to welcome the children and then the pupils headed off to attend a party with local children from Marner Primary School.
With a new friendship developed, Haghill and St Denis pupils shared some of their digital equipment with their Marner Primary School counterparts.
Additionally, through one of Celtic FC Foundation´s partners in London, Poplar Harca Housing Association community organisations have collected £500 to donate towards the Glasgow City Council Clutha Appeal Fund to support anyone involved in the recent helicopter disaster - including casualties and the families of those who lost their lives.
Celtic FC Foundation also made a recent donation of £10,000 to the appeal.
Jim Fitzpatrick is pictured here with Babu Bhattacherjeee from Poplar Harca Housing Association presenting a cheque towards the appeal.
Pupils on song for Milan guests
CELTIC FC Foundation´s Music Programme saw pupils from three participating schools gather last month to showcase their talents to the Board of AC Milan and UEFA delegate Joao Morais.
The highlight of the afternoon for Celtic´s guests was a rendition of Milan´s club hymn ´Milan, Milan´ which was sung by pupil, Francesco Fontana (pictured) and the St Mungo´s Academy choir.
The AC Milan Vice-Executive President and CEO, Adriano Galliani, was thrilled by such a unique welcome to Scotland and commented on this being a first for the club on their European travels.
The St Mungo’s choir performance was followed by an array of the school´s Jazz and Samba band compositions and renditions of Robert Burns´ work in English and Italian by their drama students.
Pupils from Saracen and Dalmarnock Primary schools topped off the afternoon with presentations of their own artwork to the guests from Milan and UEFA.
Celtic FC Foundation party for local kids
Celtic FC Foundation today staged a fantastic Christmas lunch and party for 180 school children from six schools in the East End of Glasgow.
The primary schools invited to Celtic Park were St Anne’s, St Denis’, Haghill Park, St Michael’s and Quarrybrae.
All the kids were treated to a special lunch, a range of party games, a dance session and a disco. They received a visit from Hoopy the Huddle Hound, Celtic´s mascot and gifts from the main man himself, Santa Claus.
And the day was topped off by a special visit from Celtic first-team player, Dylan McGeouch, whose autograph was in great demand!
Celtic FC Foundation (formerly Celtic Charity Fund) is the charitable arm of Celtic Football Club and we are currently going through a period of significant change. Our fundraising efforts and support of other charitable organisations remain, but our remit has been enhanced to include a strong focus on direct project delivery in our local communities, targeting key issues such as poverty, education, equality and health.
Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton, said: "It was an absolute pleasure to host the children here at CelticPark today, each of whom were a credit to their school.
“The East End of Glasgow – and particularly children – are at the very heart of what we do and I’m delighted we were able to provide a day of festive fun in Paradise.
“This initiative forms part of our 2013 Christmas Appeal and special thanks must go to a group of supporters who undertook the Paradise Climb in May 2013 and allocated their fundraising to today’s party.”
Over £45,000 has already been raised for this year’s Appeal but there´s still time to help and donations can be made in the following ways:
1. Text - text ´CELT07´ followed by ´£1´, ´£5´ or ´£10´ to 70070
2. Online - HERE
3. Cash - there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
4. Cheque - payable to ´Celtic FC Foundation´ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow, G40 3RE.
Any donation you can make this Christmas will help make a real difference to those who need it most. Thank you for your wonderful and continued support.