Helping Those Less Fortunate In Glasgow
As many of you will know, we do all we can to raise money for a particular charity each season, having now raised over £3,000 for worthy causes across Scotland (and around the world) since the beginning of 2011. However, this season has been a little different from those which have gone before it, as instead of raising money for one charity, we are doing so for two – “The Wayside Club” (a Catholic lay organisation) and “Feed Glasgow” (a charity run by Glasgow’s Muslim community). Both groups share a common goal, to help the hungry and homeless in the city of Glasgow, and I’m sure we’d all agree that is a very worthy cause indeed. So far this season, we have raised £510 to be split equally between these two charities, but as ever, we would like to see this figure grow, and that is why I can now announce the beginning of our raffle for this season. The details of this effort can be found below, and more information regarding our chosen charities, as well as our previous fundraising, can be found here.
All of the prizes described below have been donated by Celtic supporters to whom I owe my eternal thanks.
Firstly, a Celtic shirt signed in black marker ink, circa 2006. Of the twenty-one signatures on the shirt, these include the likes of two Lisbon Lions (Bertie Auld and John Clark), current Celtic manager Neil Lennon, current Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, and fans favourites Aiden McGeady, Stephen McManus, Artur Boruc, Maciej Zurawski, Darren O’Dea and Shunsuke Nakamura. However, the most poignant signature on the jersey is that of the late, great Tommy Burns. This is a truly lovely piece that would look fantastic if someone were to frame it. It was kindly donated to us by Tariq Ali from Glasgow.
Secondly, we have another Celtic shirt – this time of the match issue variety, which is becoming increasingly popular with collectors and general supporters alike. Issued to Chris Killen, who scored three goals in a little under forty appearances for the Celts, it is another nice prize to have on offer. For the record, the shirt comes with a certificate of authenticity. It was donated to us by @thecelticshirt on Twitter.
Thirdly, a prize for those of us who love the game of golf. Thanks to Ruaridh MacDonald, a raffle winner will be able to enjoy a free round of golf, along with two of their friends and Ruaridh, at Cruden Bay Golf Club in Aberdeenshire. Rated by a U.S. golf magazine as the 54th best course on Earth in 2013, as well as receiving the accolade of the best golf course of the year (Scotland) in 2012, it is a trip I’m sure many, many people would thoroughly enjoy. A prize worth in excess of £250, this is one not to be missed.
Next, we have a piece of memorabilia commemorating Celtic’s 2-1 win over Barcelona in November, 2012. Featuring four photographs, of both Celtic goalscorers and of the Green Brigade’s memorable anniversary display beforehand, it is a lovely piece, already mounted in a frame and still in it’s original plastic wrapping.
And, last of all, we have a copy of my book, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”, which I will be more than happy to sign for any winner with a message of their choice.
More prizes may yet appear over the coming month, so be sure to keep an eye on Twitter and this webpage for more information. If anybody has anything which they would like to donate as a potential prize, whether it is an item, an experience or, for example, a voucher from their business, please feel free to contact me (details found at the bottom of this page).
Pricing and Rules
Tickets for this raffle, which begins as of now, 9pm on the 7th March 2014, are priced at £2 each. The raffle will end in a little over a month’s time, at midnight as Saturday 12th April 2014 becomes Sunday 13th April.
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of methods, the simplest of which will be via Paypal. By clicking here and pressing the “donate” button found on the front page (half way down on the right hand side), you will be able to donate as much or as little as you desire.
The whole point of raffling these items, rather than auctioning them, is to give everyone a chance of winning such prizes, regardless of their financial situation.
Donations can also be made via cheque, bank transfers and in cash outside home matches at Celtic Park (if you would like to donate via one of these methods, please contact me via Twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
For every £2 you donate, one raffle ticket will be allocated to your name for the draw which will take place on Sunday 13th April 2014.
Also, be sure to leave your name and contact details when you donate so we can contact you in the event that you are one of the lucky winners.
Please note, whoever is drawn out of the raffle first will have the first choice of the prizes on offer. Once they have chosen their desired item, the second winner drawn will have their choice of the remaining items, and so on until all of the prizes are gone. Individuals are limited to a maximum of one prize each, and anyone who requires postage of an item will be asked to cover this cost themselves.
Again, for clarity, if anyone has any enquiries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will get back to you. This can be done via our Twitter page (@MaleysBhoys) or via email, email@example.com
In closing, I believe that it is a tremendous shame that there is any need for such charitable efforts in this day and age, but sadly they are necessary. I cannot thank you all enough for helping those less fortunate than ourselves.