CELTIC Ambassador and club legend Tom Boyd was on hand today to wave off hundreds of excited kids as they made their way to Troon as part of this year’s Glasgow Taxis´ Outing Fund for Sick Children.
He told Celtic TV: “It’s great to see the efforts that the taxi drivers put in and I’m amazed every year at how much they put into making sure the kids have a great time.”
Yesterday, Tom’s old fellow Hoops defender, Tosh McKinlay handed over a cheque for £7,000 on behalf of Celtic FC Foundation, taking the contribution by the club to the Glasgow Taxis’ Outing Fund to nearly £140,000 over the last 18 years.
Tom said: “It’s stunning, the level that Celtic go to in helping needy and good causes, such as today’s event. We know some kids will have a great day today because of the donation of the Celtic FC Foundation, so it’s great to be part of a wonderful football club that helps so many deserving causes.
“It’s down to the hard graft of so many Celtic supporters as they are the ones that give the money to allow us to help so many needy causes.”
Established in 1945, the Glasgow Taxis´ Outing Fund provides a day of excitement and fun for children with special needs.
Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said yesterday: “We are absolutely delighted to continue our support of the taxis outing for yet another year. This is a great annual occasion for the city, bringing great fun to children who really deserve our support”.
“The money Celtic has donated and the effort and hard work of so many people, has meant thousands of children and their families receiving much needed help. Everyone who makes this event so special deserves enormous credit”.
This year’s event saw the colourful convoy of cabs once again make the traditional journey from the West End of Glasgow to Troon in Ayrshire, for the children to enjoy a fun-packed day.
And Tom had the task of picking out the best decorated taxi after narrowing the choice down to the top three.
He said: “It was very difficult as there are some magnificent taxis here and there will be a few disappointed in missing out on the trophy.
“But it was Bob the Builder and there was also a great effort from the ice cream van and there’s a safari car, so it’s a great effort from the Glasgow taxi drivers.
“They do so much to make a wee special day for these wonderful kids.”