Shine A Light – Belfast, Northern Ireland (Donation 33)
by John Daly and Dorothy Wilson
This one is a bit different.
Scotland took part in a four-cornered competition including all of the Celtic nations – Northern Ireland, Wales and the hosts, Ireland.
All matches were to be played in Dublin.
The plan was to associate with each of the groups of fans and to make a donation in each of the three opponents’ countries.
Celtic Connections – Northern ireland
The first match for Scotland took place on Wednesday 09 February.
As normal, the TA select had organised a fans match against the Northern Ireland fans. The match took place at Irishtown Stadium and the TA Select organisers kindly invited the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal to share the stage.
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 are who operate in Northern Ireland.
Both the Amalgamation of Northern Irish Supporters Clubs and the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal donated £500 to the charity.
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.
The Sunshine Appeal appreciated Alan Rough’s offer of help in the future, one that we’re sure we’ll take him up on. Thanks, Alan!
Ty Hafen – Wales (Donation 35)
by Micky Ross
For the Wales match in May, £500 was donated to Ty Hafen – a paediatric palliative care charity which helps children and families throughout Wales. Again for this one, we doubled up with the Welsh fans to bring the total donated to £1000.
Jack & Jill Foundation – Ireland (Donation 36)
A few days later prior to the final game against the Republic of Ireland, £1000 was donated to the Jack & Jill foundation. Here’s what they do in their own words…
The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding, to families of children with brain damage up to the age of 4 who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. We also provide end of life care to all children up to the age of 4 years.
These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care.The Foundation gives these familiesTHE GIFT OF TIME, time to do the things that we so often take for granted like shopping, taking their other children to the park, a night’s sleep etc.
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