CELTIC FC Foundation’s charity match at Paradise on Sunday, May 28 (kick off 2pm), has seen ticket sales now reach almost 45,000 mark, and with more than two months still to go before the end of season finale, it is heading for a full house.
The Celtic support have responded magnificently and will welcome home two of our favourite sons in Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik, while raising much-needed funds for the Club’s charitable arm.
Celtic FC Foundation’s overall aim is simple – to make the lives of those in our communities better. The Legends’ Match will support these efforts.
Some of the funds will be used to extend existing projects such as the award-winning ‘Ability Counts’ – a project aimed at children and young people who live with Down’s Syndrome or Autism. It will also allow us to address other needs, which the Foundation and the Club have identified as deserving and in line with our overall values.
Celtic FC Foundation will assist with Community Care for Dementia through a series of initiatives. Dementia is affecting more and more families in all walks of life and is becoming a massive challenge for sufferers and carers alike.
We’re looking closely at reminiscence therapy around ‘sporting memories’ and other ways to assist sufferers and their carers.
The Foundation will also build 67 Kitchens in developing countries where food insecurity and extreme poverty are claiming lives prematurely every single day. We will have a particular focus on Africa and helping Syrian refugees. The 67 Kitchens initiative will see us join up with Mary’s Meals, the charity which attracts impoverished children to the classroom through nutritious daily meals in schools and a long-time partner of Celtic FC Foundation.
Hunger remains a relentless killer and barrier to children gaining an education in certain parts of the world and these kitchens will make a significant difference to tens of thousands of people. Whilst our fans all over the world see conditions of hardship on their own doorsteps, the 67 Kitchens initiative gives all Celtic fans the opportunity to come together to support some of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people.
Celtic’s Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, said: “This is an historic year for us and the charity match at the end of May will be a very important part of the season. The Lisbon Lions anniversary is one of many highlights for everyone connected to Celtic and we’re looking forward to honouring them and our other former stars who will play in the match.
“Through Celtic FC Foundation and Club events we are aiming to make the Lions’ legacy one that will last for a long time and we fully support the Dementia projects, our international work in tackling famine and what we do currently on our own doorstep.”
Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation’s Chief Executive, added: “Henrik and Lubo and the others who will play in this game will make it a day to remember and we are very grateful to them. The real stars, however, are the Celtic support for the way they have responded to this match and our other events throughout the past season.
“The month of May will be a chance to celebrate the first-team’s achievements, see our heroes and Legends in action once more and pay tribute to our greatest ever team at the same time – but the overall purpose and our main focus is to improve people’s lives and we can’t do that without the Celtic fans’ help.”
Tickets are on general sale, on a first come first served basis – maximum of 10 per person – priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions*.
Tickets are available to purchase online at www.celticfc.net, by calling 0871 226 1888** or by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office. Rail Seating does not apply to this match.
Premium tickets (£30) and corporate packages (£135) are also available by calling 0871 226 1888** (Option 4) or emailing [email protected]
Net proceeds of the game will be devoted to Celtic FC Foundation, a charity aiming to uphold and promote the founding principles of our football club. The four priorities are to improve health, promote equality, encourage learning and tackle poverty and the Foundation have a strong track record of delivering successful community-based projects.
* Concessions 65+/Under 16s.
** Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fees apply online and via our sales line.