Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 28 – Japan 08/10/2009

Carillon Children’s House was established as the first children’s shelter in Japan by Carillon Children Center in March 2006. With a focus on nurturing self-reliance, the Center now hosts facilities for both boys and girls, respectively known as Carillon Door’s House (TOBIRA no IE) and Carillon Sunset Villa (Yuyake So).

Carillon Children Center’s Ms. Karin Tsuboi said, “These boys have been mistreated over long periods from a very young age, in some cases living with parents who themselves suffered from mental illness and other problems. Some of them at times fell in with organized crime as an escape. First and foremost, we work to understand the difficulties the boys have faced and show them how to live independently. Children raised in the shelter are able to set firm goals for the future, gradually finding work and becoming self-reliant.”

The presentation was held in the hotel lobby with Mrs Tsubio (director of the charity and a lawyer in Tokyo) and Dot Wilson in attendance.  Importantly, Dot had the big cheque she’d ported half the way across the globe.  Photographs were taken, hands were shaken and speeches were made.

Mrs Tsubio was astonished that a group of football fans would do such a thing, and equally astonished as to how we had found her little charity.  The money, she told us, would go to the general running of the charity, buying food, school books, clothes for the children that would pass through their hands.  “Because people think that Japan is a wealthy country, it can be hard to raise funds”, she said. “Foreign companies are quite good, but Japanese companies want to see what ‘thing’ their money has bought. Getting money for the general running was difficult and the Sunshine Appeal donation would be put to very good use”.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 27 – Norway 11/08/2009

The recipient of the Norway presentation was to the Benjamin Hermansen Fund in Oslo. It’s a childrens based charity founded to commemorate the memory of Benjamin Hermansen (May 29, 1985 – January 26, 2001) a Norwegian-born Ghanaian boy whose father was born in Ghana, his mother was Norwegian. He was stabbed to death at Holmlia in Oslo, Norway, just before midnight on January 26, 2001 by Neo-Nazis.  To commemorate his memory, a foundation was set up to raise funds for Children’s charities in Norway with a preferable anti race background which his mother to this day plays an active part in.

The presentation happened on the night before the international match at the Skeid ground in Oslo during the half time period of the Norwegian Second division match between Skeid Oslo and Sarpsborg 08.  With the assistance of John Lindsey from the British Embassy and  Rich Ross who was in contact with FC Skeid, the TASA group was greeted with photographers and a good crowd at the game.  Full Story Here…


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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 26 – Netherlands 28/03/2009

The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal donated £1000 to Only Friends in Amsterdam. The Ronald McDonald Centre is currently being redeveloped – with 2 football pitches, swimming pool and indoor sports courts all specifically developed for children with disabilities. Our donation will be put towards new sports equipment. You can follow their progress on Facebook.

On the morning of the match, more than 50 footsoldiers travelled by bus to watch the children of the Only Friends club play football.

After the game, there was an invitation into the club house for some chips and a small light refreshment. The children were delighted with the gifts from the footsoldiers – hats, T-shirts, flags, sweeties etc. and of course, the team’s new mascot – Scottie the bear, dressed in full Highland outfit.

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 25 – Iceland 10/09/2008

Hringurinn (in English: The Ring) is a voluntary women’s organization, more than 100 years old, started originally to give help to sick and poor women and children. About 50 years ago it´s efforts were concentrated on the establishment of a children´s hospital in Iceland. Since then our main goal has been to support the Children’s hospital, including the Children’s mental hospital, and many other activities that concern sick children and treatment of children’s diseases.

The presentation was organised for the afternoon of Match day in Reykjavik.  The British Embassy in Reykjavik were also contacted to let them know about the presentation and with the assistance of Ardis Sigurdardottir, the press and public affairs officer for the Embassy, the TASA group was not only greeted with photographers and a TV crew but also the British ambassador for Iceland plus a representative for the Norwegian Embassy. The end result was that the presentation was covered by Icelandic TV and press giving the Tartan Army some very good publicity into the hearts of the Icelandic people.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 24 – Macedonia 06/09/2008

The Macedonia donation was driven by Tartan Skopje with the TASA donation of £1000 helping to make up the total donation of £12,000. These funds were split between two charities in Skopje and the two presentations took place on the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning before the match.

1. The Association for protection of children rights manages the Snezana day-care centre and currently works with two volunteers who manage all activities in the centre and provide for about 30 children. The children have otherwise been left on the streets begging and have not been taken care of by their parents for many different reasons.  The day-care centre succeeded to initiate and maintain contact with the parents who gave consent for the children to spend the day in the centre. Besides meeting the basic needs – food, hygiene & health checks the children also do educational activities, sports and other outdoor activities, music and art workshops, have guests and make visits.

2. The institution for rehabilitation of children and young people “Topaansko Pole” is a public institution working on social services, which enables observation, rehabilitation and correctional treatment, education and vocational training, as well as cultural, entertaining, sports and other activities for children with severe mental disability.

The overall process is run by an expert team and is broken up into several units, education unit, vocational training unit, adult day-care centre, day-care centre “Smile” for children aged 18 years or less with moderate and severe mental disability and a boarding school with a kitchen.  The activities are managed depending on the needs and the psychological and physical abilities of its beneficiaries – persons with moderate and severe mental disability.

120 beneficiaries are treated there, out of which 60 are with boarding accommodation.  Full Story Here…

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