Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 47 – Macedonia 10/09/2013

To mark the 47th consecutive donation from the Sunshine Appeal, we donated £2000 to the SOS Children’s Village in Skopje, Macedonia.  It has 12 family houses which provide shelter, care and education for 84 children without parents or parental care.  There were 67 children aged between 2 and 15 in the care of the village under 12 “SOS mothers”.

The donation from the Sunshine Appeal was used to:

  • Cover medical expenses for 20 children with regular medical therapy;
  • Purchase a washing machine for an SOS House.
  • Buy football lessons for 20 children.
  • Cover educational support for the children.
  • Buy solar panels for an SOS House to help make the village more sustainable.

The fans visited a family home in the Village, where they met SOS mother Divna, who has raised fourteen children. They were showed around the properties which have been well maintained and clearly looked after by the children and the mothers.  There was also time for a friendly game of football on the Village playground.

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 46 – England 14/08/2013

On the day the Scotland national team took on the Auld Enemy at Wembley, the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal was keeping up a tradition by donating £2000 to a children’s charity based in London. The chosen charity was Radio Lollipop and marked the 46th consecutive donation for the Sunshine Appeal.

Radio Lollipop are an organization run entirely by volunteers who help out in hospitals across Britain, including Great Ormond Street, where the donation took place. The charity run a radio station and organise activities for the children that are unfortunate enough to be in the hospital. The volunteers visit the wards several nights a week with a trolley full of games and activities to keep the children entertained. The radio station organises competitions where the kids can win toys and other prizes.

The cheque presentation started with a tour of the radio station which has been set up in an old subway train. The Sunshine Appeal were pleased to hand over the £2000 that will go towards supplies and radio equipment so that the charity can continue to help the children at Great Ormond Street.

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A couple of weeks after the donation presentation, we visited Radio Lollipop again and dropped off a couple of sacks full of soft toys for them to use as they saw fit. More pictures here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 45 – Croatia 07/06/2013

In searching for a suitable charity to receive this, our first of regular £2000 donations, we were contacted by Dejan McGregor. Dejan is a Croatian who has adopted Scotland as his second team and can frequently be seen proudly wearing his kilt and one of his substantial collection of Scotland tops.

Dejan suggested that we have a joint donation – and the charity that he proposed was “Pelcic Gore”. This translates as “Thumbs Up”. It is a charity, just recently formed, to provide funds for maternity hospitals in Croatia to buy incubator units for premature babies.

A joint donation was made with the Croatian fans contributing 5000HRK (about £575).

The donation took place in the splendid surroundings of the Croatian Fans HQ in downtown Zagreb.

Neil Forbes of the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal presents a cheque for £2000 to Željka Vučko of Palčić Gore

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 44 – Serbia 26/03/2013

Through making making contact with the Serbian Embassy in London, we were put in touch with Dejan Kovacevic who worked in Provincial Secretariat for Interregional Co-operation and Local Self-Government for the Goverment of Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. Between Dejan and ourselves, we identified SOS Kinderdorf as the intended recipients of the £1500 donation.

SOS Kinderdorf is the local branch of an international organisation who provide quality alternative care for children who cannot live with their biological families.

SOS Kinderdorf Novi Sad is a small “village” of some 13 houses and some Admin building set amongst woodland in the area of Sremska Kamenica on the outskirts of Novi Sad.

The presentation was arranged for the morning of the match, Tuesday 26 March.

Dejan had kindly arranged transport for the Seventeen Sunshine Appeal Steering Group members and supporters who had given of their time to visit the children.

Speeches were made, presentations were done. Mr Branko Vujovic, councellor in the Provincial Secretariat for Sports and Youth in the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina said a few words on “Fair Play”. The Director of the Village, Mrs Milena Vasic-Stupar, presented the Sunshine Appeal with a certificate acknowledging “Generosity and Humanity”. The Sunshine Appeal presented the Gift Cheque and a motion from the Parliament of Scotland, citing the excellent work done by both the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal and SOS Kinderdorf, Sremska Kamenica that had been signed by several MSPs.

After the formalities came a tour of some of the houses that the children stayed in.  Some of our number accepted the challenge from the youngsters to a football match. The match was played in atrocious conditions with driving snow and snow underfoot. I am delighted to be able to report that Scotland won 5-3.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 43 – Luxembourg 14/11/2012

A donation of £1500 was made to Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner, Luxembourg on the morning of this friendly match.

The charity’s main aim is to help the families of children who suffer from cancer. This can involve medical, educational, psycho-social and administrative help. Houses in Luxembourg and Brussels are available to provide support to the families as the children are undergoing treatment. The foundation organises regular events and activities for the children to brighten their day, and provides home help, tutoring and schooling.

Financially, the Foundation supports the families by taking care of hospital bills, medication and transportation. At present around 160 children are helped by the home, which is fully funded by private donations, normally in the region of 25 euros!

Four members of the steering group along with members of Loony Alba, Westa, Dunfermline TA and the Cloverleaf bar TA visited the home in Luxembourg where they were given a tour by members of staff including the director of the foundation, Anne Goeres. The home was a very colourful place that included a play room, a study room and a relaxation room.

We were then introduced to a young girl who is receiving treatment and is being helped by the home. She and her sister were very taken by the men in the group with their kilts and Glengarries, as was the director!  We then received a gift to thank us for the donation – the mascot of the charity, a lion, which reminds the children to be brave. We felt was very fitting for us Scots!   More Pictures Here…

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