Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 33 – Ireland 09/02/2011

Scotland took part in a four-cornered competition in 2011 which included all of the Celtic nations – Northern Ireland, Wales and the hosts, Ireland.  All matches were played in Dublin.

Our chosen charity was “Shine A Light” who are a voluntary organisation focused on improving the “Quality of Life” of young children diagnosed with cancer and who operate in Northern Ireland.

Our picture shows Dorothy Wilson and Jim Rainey (AONISC) (centre two) presenting a cheque to Stewart McAfee (second from right) who was accepting on behalf of Shine A Light. Also in the picture is John Daly and goalkeeping legends Alan Rough and Pat Jennings.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 32 – Czech Republic 08/10/2010

When Scotland last played the Czech Republic in 2008, the TA Sunshine Appeal gave a donation to the Nadacni fond Klicek Foundation.  The charity does an amazing amount of work to support terminally ill children and their families. They also work hard to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the care of terminally ill children across the Czech Republic.  Having built up that friendship only two years ago, it made sense that the TA Sunshine Appeal should again make a donation to the Foundation.

The charity told us that they needed new tipi tents that sleep five people and are crucial during the charity’s summer camps which are organised every year.  The tipi tents offer fun and casual accommodation for the kids.

One of the major aims of the charity is to provide fun for those children that are terminally ill, so the charity also asked for funds to buy go-karts which could be used all year round at summer camps and other homes that the charity operates. As the charity has little in the way of facilities in Prague itself, members of the TA Sunshine Appeal met with Jiri Kralovec from the charity at the ATAC Fans Embassy, held at the Dubliner Pub in Prague.  In a typically low-key affair, the group held a cheque presentation ceremony in the Old Town Square in Prague – surrounded by about a few thousand Scots fans enjoying the sunshine and atmosphere of this picturesque square.  Full story and more pictures here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 31 – Lithuania 03/09/2010

On the afternoon before the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier, eight footsoldiers visited the head quarters of KNIEDA to present a donation from TASA. They were met by the chairman of the Association, Stanislava Mikniūnienė, and her husband who welcomed them all and introduced them to the children and their families who were able to attend.

KNIEDA is a voluntary organisation for the residents of Kaunas city which currently runs two projects – a Saturday club, and an annual summer camp – for 86 children, split across four groups according to their ability. More information on the association can be found on their website:

Following the formal presentation, footsoldiers distributed goodies and gifts from Scotland, with the ‘See You Jimmy hats’ bringing big smiles from the children – and parents who were all trying them on and getting their pictures taken!  We were also given the opportunity to look round the headquarters and the facilities which are available to the children while they attend the Saturday club. Photo albums were available of the recent summer camp, where children and their families enjoyed a break in Karklė village, a resource which the Association has been able to offer families since 1997.  More pictures here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 30 – Sweden 11/08/2010

This presentation took place in the offices of MinStoraDag, which translates as “My Big Day”. This donation differed to others in that they do not actually care for any children on premises in the same way as hospitals or orphanages do. The aim of the charity is to grant wishes of critically ill children with life threatening diseases, no matter how big or small that wish may be.

Looking through the many pictures on display, one in particular caught the eye of TASA lead for the presentation, Graeme Baxter.  It was a photo of a young boy, around 7 or 8, with someone immediately recognizable as Henrik Larsson.  Looking closer, Larsson was accompanied by Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Swedish legends Marcus Allback and Freddie Ljunberg. CEO Claire Rosvall went on to tell us about the boys day out at Helsingborg and the VIP treatment before and after the game, meeting the players, and enjoying a meal, then meeting the Swedish superstars after the game. Claire commented that trips to Barcelona and to meet Ibrahimovic in particular were always a popular selection of a wish, and she was grateful to him on several occasions for being so good in the organization of these days.

Following a tour of the premises and after hearing of some of the wonderful projects, badges were exchanged and Claire was presented with a cheque for £1,000 from the Sunshine Appeal.  TASA in return received a lovely drawing made by the children the week before, as a small gift of appreciation.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 29 – Wales 14/11/2009

On the afternoon before the International friendly Ally, Morag, Neil, Andy and Jude from TASA gathered at the Children’s Hospital for Wales to present LATCH with a donation from the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal.  We were joined by Neil from “The Dragon Has Landed” who was donating, on behalf of that organisation, a number of tickets to allow children to attend the Wales v Scotland game to be held at Cardiff City Stadium.

LATCH is a voluntary organisation set up to support the special requirements of the children’s oncology centre in Wales which is based at the Children’s Hospital for Wales to help affected families and promote research in childhood cancer.  More information on the Charity can be found on their website:

Following the presentation Denise Henderson, Co-ordinator with LATCH, took us on a tour round the new family accommodation, a fantastic facility which helps families avoid being separated from their children while they are in hospital. Unfortunately, due to a recent outbreak of Swine Flu we were unable to meet any of the children. However a big bag of soft toys was left for them in order to help spread a little sunshine into the lives of those children undergoing treatment in the hospital.

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