The Celtic Six and the year of the Celtic Fan

8 Nov

God Morning,

At a great time top be a Celtic fan, can I ask you to remember to support the Celtic Six who started to cycle from Ballymote to Celtic Park this morning.

They left immediately after the final whistle last night to head for the boat and they will set out for Glasgow from Walfrid’s birthplace this morning– I suspect with a hangover.

This is the real start of 1254125 and there will be many many events organised by fans to raise money with the Celtic Charity Foundation for causes which are close to home– In Glasgow, The West of Scotland, the rest of Scotland and Ireland.

There is a huge emphasis on Children– and a desire to help those families who are struggling in these hard times. Celtic had conducted research showing that the first 1000 days of a child’s development is crucial and so money will be used in all sorts of ways to improve facilities and meet needs which will enhance local communities and the families within those communities.

Here is the donations page.

http://www.celticcharityfund.org/donations/donationsindex

Please do what you can to help.

You can make a donation here or better still organise your own event with friends or relatives or do your own thing to help raise some money in the course of the year.

There will be special events organised through Celtic Park but I and a couple of others have been asked to see if we can organise and respond to fan based initiatives.

This is meant to be fun with a good purpose behind it– exactly as Walfrid planned it 125 years ago.

Included in the Celtic Six are Mark Cameron of the John Thomson society who has put in a huge effort to organise the current cycle, Mouldy 67- Paul Muldoon- who raised money for Oscar, Paul’s Dad– who is their support driver, Ally Schulz, Robert Campbell, Ray McFarland and Jim Kelly.

Please give them your support.

This would have been a far larger event had it not been for security conerns in Northern Ireland. There are plans for a mass day of action for all Celtic fans during the course of the year and there will be events that larger– far far larger — numbers can participate in.

We want to show that Celtic Football Club, its fans and its charity foundation make a real difference here at home as well as abroad. We want to make a very very public demonstration of just how different and how purposeful Celtic can be in the 21st century and that the idea, ethos, mentality and beliefs of Walfrid are alive well and vibrant in the 21st century.

There will be attempts at breaking all sorts of records in the coming year– big records and daft records.

If you are up for it have a charity 5 a side competition or a sponsored walk– remember the Green Mile? well we are trying to organise a walk for Celtic fans if the local authorities will let us! Stay tuned.

Otherwise have a coffee morning, a raffle, climb a Munro, sell the mother in law, auction a night with the wife, shave your head, your legs or anything else for charity and donate to 1254125.

There is a real goal in this– it is not just a catchy set of numbers, a publicity stunt, a gimmick or a dreamy idea. This is a call to action for Celtic, by Celtic, with Celtic and in the name of Celtic.

It doesn’t matter if you raise £1.25 or £1.25M or anything in between. The totaliser on the official site has to rise and rise over the year so that the News industry literally cannot afford to ignore the story of the Celtic fans, the clubs charitable beginnings and what the club has done today and will do tomorrow.

More than just a Club? They don’t know the half of it!!!

The players, management and board will al be involved in the course of the year– but most of all this needs us– every single one of us– from Penang to Pitlochrie from the Calton to Kathmandu… and everywhere in between.

If any of you have a good story to tell re how you would raise 1254125 then e-mail me at walfrid125@aol.co.uk and just maybe we could get enough stories for a book in time for next Christmas all about Celtic, its fans and their exploits in the name of charity.

Support the Ballymote to Celtic Cycle and the Celtic Six– they will be paraded at half time next Sunday and already we have gained a memorial Celtic Cross made from stone which came from Walfrid’s ancestral home.

The club have had donations of large sums of money for musical education in local schools from a donor in the US I believe, and there are all sorts of other initiatives in the offing.

This is Celtic– Celtic at its Very very best— but someone once said that there is nothing without the fans and last night the World saw a brief glimpse of what the best of fans can do!

We have a year– not an hour and half– to make them really sit up and take notice of our club, our team, our support and our heritage.

After all the negativity that has surrounded Scottish Football– and continues to surround Scottish Football— It is time for CELTIC!

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER——- WE ARE CELTIC!

125 FOR 125— FOR THE CLUB, THE FANS, THE TEAM……. FOR WALFRID!

 

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2 Responses to “The Celtic Six and the year of the Celtic Fan”

  1. rab November 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    But whit aboot aww that armaggedon thats happening.

    The legends game against man utd proved that Celtic and its fans can make a huge difference to peoples lives.

    Its an honour to be able to say ” i support Celtic “

  2. Mouldy67 November 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Lovely words that sum up the Celtic family

    Celtic family done us proud last night by giving us their last penny / taxi fares when we did the collection on the boat this morning

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