Annual Badge Day at Paradise will honour Tommy Burns

FOLLOWING Sunday’s celebration of a magnificent seventh successive league title, Celtic FC Foundation are delighted to announce that our Annual Badge Day will take place at the final SPFL home match of another historic season.

On Sunday, May 13, ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off against Aberdeen at Paradise, volunteers will be situated around the ground with buckets, on behalf of Celtic FC Foundation, selling our latest charity pin badges.

This year’s badge will honour of one of the Club’s most loved and cherished figures, Tommy Burns, and will mark the tenth anniversary of his sad passing on May 15, 2008.

The event is being organised in collaboration with our Supporters’ Committee, as well as the Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust.

The badges, which will be sold for a minimum donation of £2 each, will be shaped in the number 10, which was so famously worn by Tommy and will feature the logos of both Celtic FC Foundation and the Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust. Net proceeds from Badge Day 2018 will be shared equally between the two charities.

We are currently looking for around 120 volunteers to be in place at all turnstile areas before the game and you can register by emailing [email protected] or calling 0141 551 4204.

Celtic FC Foundation is dedicated to upholding and promoting the founding principles and heritage of our football club. The proceeds from the Badge Day will help us continue to focus on our four priority areas; to improve Health, promote Equality, encourage Learning and tackle Poverty. Think HELP.

The Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust was founded in 2009 by the family of Tommy Burns and aims to raise awareness, as well as raise funds in the fight against skin cancer.

Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton, said: “Celtic FC Foundation’s Badge Day promises to be a wonderful occasion as always and it’s a privilege to work in partnership with the Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust, to honour the legend that is Tommy Burns and celebrate the life of a wonderful human being.

“Tommy’s loss was felt by the whole Celtic family and as we approach the tenth anniversary of his passing, this year’s badge is the perfect tribute to his legacy.

“I must also thank Celtic FC Foundation’s Supporters’ Committee for their efforts and continued commitment, to ensuring that Badge Day is a great success once again.

“Finally, I’d like to thank the Celtic supporters in advance. They always provide outstanding support and I know that they’ll be backing us again. As TB famously said, ‘They’re there and they’re always there, and God bless every one of them.’”

Tommy’s daughter, Jenna Burns, said: “It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since my Dad passed away. He was the type of person whose company you wanted to be in every minute of every day and I cannot thank Celtic FC Foundation, the Club and the supporters enough for helping us to celebrate him at every opportunity.

“Apart from raising awareness and funds, one of the main reasons for setting up the Tommy Burns Skin Cancer Trust was to keep his memory alive, so we are privileged to be part of this year’s Annual Badge Day 10 years after his passing, and even more fitting because the number 10 is synonymous with a time when he played his finest football at Celtic.

“He knew only too well the history of the Club and the charitable principles upon which it was founded, and I’m sure he would be humbled that his legacy lives on through the Celtic, the Foundation and the TBSCT.”