Your Chance To Get Involved
As many of you will know, I am currently writing a book regarding Celtic Football Club and it’s supporters. Relax, I’m not trying to sell you anything, as the book is still a fair way from completion. Anyway, through this process, I have been fortunate enough to meet Mr William Boland, who holds the title of being the oldest surviving Celtic player. Mr Boland turned ninety three at the end of November and, after a somewhat regrettable delay caused partially by the festive period, Celtic Football Club have recently been kind enough to donate a signed shirt as a gift for Bill.
For this reason, I am now aiming to raise £75 to have the shirt professionally framed at an establishment in Glasgow, before meeting Bill at his home once again to give him his present. As ever, I do not want to take any money from anyone cannot afford it. I’m certain Mr Boland would agree in this regard. I don’t want anyone to throw serious money at this either. Even a pound or two really would be much appreciated.
You can also split your donation between this small appeal and our larger Motor Neurone Disease Scotland 2012/2013 season appeal should you wish to do so (£370 raised in the first half of the season for what is a very worthy cause). All you need to do is specify, when donating via the link below, where you would like the money to go (e.g. £2 donation, £1 to MNDS and £1 to Mr Boland’s present) – whatever you like.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by clicking here, scrolling down the page and clicking on the “Donate” button in the sidebar.
UPDATE: Due partially to my naivety and an issue with a widget, we had issues with the initial direct link. If you want to make a donation on paypal, without going through the method above, you can do so by sending the pound or whatever it is to “firstname.lastname@example.org” on there.
I should emphasise at this stage that this is not a gift from myself to Mr Boland, but a gift from all of us. For this reason, whether you choose to donate anything or not, you will be welcome to submit a message for Mr Boland, all of which I will pass to him personally. If you would like to, you can do so by simply leaving a comment at the bottom of this article.
Also, he does not use the internet, and his family are fully aware of what we have planned, so there is no risk of him finding out about this appeal.
Having listened to him for hours on end, and written a rather lengthy chapter detailing his life as a Celtic supporter, as well as a Celtic player for a time, I know that Mr Boland would not expect anything from anyone in terms of material gifts. After all, he is a very humble man. However, as an ardent Celtic supporter, even to this day, I know he will be absolutely thrilled with his present. He is a true gentleman, and it really is a pleasure to have gotten to know him.
If you are interested in reading more about Mr Boland, his “Celtic Wiki” page is available here.
P.S. For the sake of clarity, once our target is reached, I will publicise this as soon as possible both here and on Facebook. However, if, by chance, we take in, for example, £95 in total before I manage to reach my computer, the extra £20 will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland.