By Micky Ross
It was never really up for discussion, global pandemic or not, the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal would continue with its donations in the host country of Scotland’s matches. And whilst our usual physical presence was never an option, in what is definitely a first for TASA, we conducted our first ever presentation via a Zoom call on Tuesday 8th September.
Present on the call were Filip Navrátil from The Brave Bear Foundation (https://bravebear.cz/), TASA Chairman: Neil Forbes, vice chair: Paul Smith, Financial Officer: Micky Ross, Secretary: Clark Gillies and long time supporter, Diane Doig.
Brave Bear’s main focus is helping out orphaned children aged up to 18 years old, with the aim to give them more experiences in life. Through their hard work, they are able to organize big events like days out – where the kids are able to get involved in attractions like paddleboarding, segwaying, taking helicopter flights, riding in super-sports cars, parties, horse riding, VR games and many more.
On top of this they also organise smaller events, such as taking children to Jump Parks, cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys or simply visiting them to provide entertainment and learning lessons (mostly English lessons). Another vital part of their organisation is in helping children who are ill with cancer and assisting both them and their families with better medical care, giving them presents and visiting them with some local celebrities
The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal is very honoured to have donated to this wonderful organisation to allow them to continue their great work.
Here are some words from Filip on how those funds were used:
I just want to inform you how we decide to use part of your donations.
COVID cancelled all of our planned events in 2020 (but nothing cant stop us) – so we decide to make pompous Christmass for all our childrens home in our region.
Childrens home in Plumlov city – voucher for 40 tickets to JUMP PARK Olomouc, football jerseys for their team, 30 cinema tickets, art supplies and many more..
Childrens home in Litovel city – 10 laptops for online school and home works.
Home for abandoned children in Olomouc city – 10 000 CZK money voucher (for the equipment of childrens rooms)
Childrens home in Olomouc – powerful laptop DELL, wireless keyboard and mouse DELL, MS Office, earphones, 20 tickets to JUMP PARK Olomouc.
And for the rest requests from other childrens homes we are still waiting.
I think it will be nice and magic Christmass time for all of them – thanks to you guys !
We will send you all of photos when we will start our tour to visit all of them and we will share all of emotions and happiness with you 🙂