Welcome to the home of the original and longest established charity funded by Scotland fans, the aim of which is to make a donation to identified children’s charities in every country in which the Scottish National Football Team plays matches. Since 2003, this has been achieved – uninterrupted.
We are pleased to confirm that the recipient of the 73rd consecutive donation, to mark the game against Belgium, will be The Apple Garden which is part of the UZ Hospital in Brussels, where donated (but to a different ward) in 2012.
The following information was supplied by Jeroen from the UZ Hospital: ‘The Apple Garden is a unique haven that unites all children undergoing treatment in the hospital. It is a living space where children can play in a cosy homelike environment thus enabling them to forget at times that they are in a hospital. They receive music therapy, play games, live themselves out in crafting and what not. The Apple Garden has an oncology wing and a wing for other young patients.’
We will confirm the date and time of the donation as soon as we can, as we’d like to be able to welcome as many of our supporters as possible along to the presentation.
We would like to do exactly that and take you back to where ‘we’ started all those years ago.
Those with long enough memories will know that way, way back our roots as a charitable organisation lay in what was called “The Tartan Army Messageboard Sunshine Appeal”.
After a period of time and in an effort to widen the support base, the “messageboard” bit was dropped and we’ve been known as the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal ever since.
But the people of the messageboard didn’t forget.
Recently the Tartan Army Message Board has had a handover of control from the group of folks who have run it for donkey’s years to a new consortium who have pledged to carry on their good work.
The Old Guard, if we may call them that, emptied their coffers, wound up their affairs, and have donated the fabulous total of £4879 to Sunshine Appeal funds.
We’re taking this opportunity to thank, not only the Old Guard, but also the many hundreds and thousands of Message Board members whose continued visits to the Board enabled the Board to pay for its existence for all those years and build up some mullah in reserve. It is this reserve that has been added to our funds. The Board was kept going by many anonymous, not-so-anonymous, and sometimes even forgotten people. They have our gratitude.
We thank everyone very, very much and wish the new incarnation of the Board all the best for the future.