TO celebrate the 132nd anniversary of Celtic’s founding, Celtic FC Foundation hosted its annual Brother Walfrid community lunch in the Kerrydale Suite, where around 250 guests from the homeless and refugee communities enjoyed a hot buffet lunch.
Continuing the charitable ethos of the club’s Founding Fathers, Celtic FC Foundation continues to work with over 20 local charities and community organisations to help identify guests who can join us at Celtic Park for this twice-yearly lunch.
The charities represented today included:
Glasgow City Mission
Glasgow Night Shelter
Glasgow North East Foodbank
Loaves and Fishes
Lodging House Mission
Scottish Refugee Council
Simon Community Scotland
The Arch Project
The Marie Trust
Wayside Club Centre
Following the lunch, over 60 guests were invited to take part in a tour of Celtic Park, visiting the boardroom, dressing rooms and taking in the spectacular view of the hallowed turf.
Also, in keeping with our charitable heritage on this special day, we are proud to welcome those taking part in the Founding Fathers’ Fast.
Through today’s Founding Fathers’ Fast we are asking members of the Celtic Family to fast for the day in honour of our charitable heritage and donate what they would have spent on food – a suggested £5 each – to our Christmas Appeal.
Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton, said: “Our anniversary lunch is significant for everyone at Celtic as it also marks the beginning of our Annual Christmas Appeal.
“Inviting guests along to Celtic is very important to us and through Celtic FC Foundation, and with the backing of supporters across the world, we fully intend to do much more of this.
“I would like to thank everyone in advance of our Christmas Appeal for doing something to help other people within our communities.”