As many will already know the focus behind Celtic Football club has always been on charity.
Founded by Irish Marist Brother Walfrid in 1887, with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the East End of Glasgow. Walfrid’s move to establish the club as a means of fund-raising was largely inspired by the example of Hibernian who were formed out of the immigrant Irish population a few years earlier in Edinburgh.
Celtic played their first game in 1888 and from there on as they say the rest is history, but it is this history that has seen the club continue with their support of charities and this weekend as Celtic celebrated winning the Scottish league with a 7-0 win over Motherwell they had invited along some very special guests.
It was announced before the start of the game that Celtic had welcomed a group of 140 Syrian refugees to Parched to celebrate their fifth title win in a row. The biggest team in Scotland have already donated almost £60,000 to help refugees fleeing Africa and the Middle East.
The group which was made up of both adults and children were lucky enough to take in a thriller at Celtic Park with the children in the group also joining other young Hoops fans as mascots and helped lead the team out on to the pitch before kick-off.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, chief executive Peter Lawwell said:
“None of us can really imagine what these people, as individuals and families, have faced in recent times. We have all seen the many images and the stories of the journey they have experienced, but we cannot fully appreciate what they have faced. Through Celtic FC Foundation, we have already supported a range of initiatives in connection with the refugee crisis and we wanted to demonstrate our support again for people who so richly deserve our time and care.”