Celtic FC Foundation event to mark Brother Walfrid anniversary

CELTIC Football Club’s founding father, Brother Walfrid, passed away on April 17, 1915 at the age of 74.

One hundred years on, the Club and its charitable arm, Celtic FC Foundation, continue to honour his wonderful legacy by supporting those who need it most in our local communities, under the four key pillars of Health, Equality, Learning and Poverty. Think H.E.L.P.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Brother Walfrid’s passing and celebrate the principles on which he built the Club, we will be hosting a lunch in the Number 7 restaurant at Celtic Park for 500 individuals from the city’s homeless community. This will take place on the afternoon of Friday, April 17, 2015.

On behalf of the Celtic Family, we are looking to honour the vision and ethical foundation of Brother Walfrid by helping to alleviate poverty on our own doorstep and promote wellbeing within the homeless community. We will also aim to signpost guests to other Celtic FC Foundation initiatives where possible.

To deliver this commemorative event, we are working closely with a number of other, specialist charities to identify our guests for the day and we thank them for their support:

  • Simon Community Scotland
  • Wayside Club Centre
  • The Invisibles
  • Glasgow City Mission
  • Lodging House Mission
  • Loaves and Fishes
  • The ARCH Project
  • The Big Issue Foundation
  • The Marie Trust

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “There is no more fitting way to pay tribute to Brother Walfrid on the 100th anniversary of his passing than by doing what he did in his time here, looking after people in need.

“We are rightly proud of Brother Walfrid’s legacy of community and charity –  values which continue to drive Celtic and which are and will always be a fundamental part of our great Club.”  

Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation CEO added: “Social inclusion is a key principle of ours. When we talk about equality we can do so as a Club open to all. We are very much looking forward to hosting this event and welcoming our guests to Celtic Park.

“Celtic FC Foundation is trying to improve people’s lives through a whole series of initiatives and we can only continue to do that and we can only do more of it because so many groups and individuals connected with this football club share our values and continue to back us.”

To lend your support to this event, you can donate online HERE or text CELT07 followed by £1, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Thank you for your wonderful support.