THERE are currently thousands of refugees arriving on Lesbos every day by boat and many are suffering from hypothermia, trauma and other medical conditions.
As part of Celtic FC Foundation’s pledge to help this humanitarian crisis in some way, £17,000 was recently donated to the Glasgow Cares Appeal to fund an ambulance which would assist this current refugee crisis.
Our ambulance is now well established onsite in Lesbos and is currently providing much needed medical aid and immediate life saving response for those refugees arriving every single day.
Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour’s former deputy leader, travelled with the ambulance in a two-day journey across Europe to the island and has already seen firsthand the incredible impact it has made.
Mr Sarwar recently commented that on arrival on the island, many Celtic fans were delighted to see our ambulance arrive – highlighting our commitment to help make a difference to those in need – a true testament to our club’s historical values.
Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation CEO said: “This is only possible because of the generosity of the club’s and the Foundation’s supporters and our partners and we are very grateful to every single person who contributed to our Refugee Appeal.
“The fact that the ambulance is on the ground and making a difference where it is needed most, is clearly going to help a lot of people who are living unimaginably difficult lives at this moment.”
This donation from Celtic FC Foundation comes from the incredible total of £60,000 which was raised from various activities including the Jock Stein 30th Anniversary match and dinner, Andy Murray’s signed and auctioned Celtic top, and other fundraising activities.
Already, £40,000 was donated to British Red Cross for their European Refugee Appeal. This will provide desperately needed food and nourishment to 3,422 refugees in Greece, including people who have just arrived with little more than the clothes that they are wearing