Food­bank sup­port

Match­day fundraiser gives food bank boost

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - An­drea O’Neill

Gen­er­ous foot­ball sup­port­ers have weighed in to sup­port East Kilbride’s Loaves and Fishes food bank.

Much-needed do­na­tions were handed in by Celtic fans at a re­cent match.

East Kilbride com­mu­nity ac­tivist John Park said: “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for their sup­port.”

Gen­er­ous Celtic fans turned out in their thou­sands to help the needy and give a tonne of do­na­tions to Loaves and Fishes.

The East Kilbride food bank was one of a host of ben­e­fi­cia­ries in and around Glas­gow to re­ceive a wel­come boost to its stock on a re­cent match­day at Celtic Park thanks to the anti-poverty ini­tia­tive spear­headed by the Celtic Foun­da­tion and Glas­gow North East food bank.

Green­hills youth group leader and com­mu­nity ac­tivist John Park, who as­sists in the distri­bu­tion of do­na­tions to Glas­gow NE, said he was de­lighted when project co­or­di­na­tor Tara Maguire con­tacted him to or­gan­ise a lo­cal re­cip­i­ent for the kind do­na­tions from Hoops fans at­tend­ing the home game against Kil­marnock on April 8.

“I had no hes­i­ta­tion in con­tact­ing Loaves and Fishes with this kind of­fer,” said John.

“I have known chair­man De­nis Cur­ran MBE for over 30 years and ad­mire him greatly for all the hu­man kind­ness he shares while car­ry­ing out his char­i­ta­ble work, much of which goes un­no­ticed.

“We were ad­vised to bring a large van as the do­na­tions would be sub­stan­tial, although noth­ing could have pre­pared us for the mas­sive gen­eros­ity of the fans, which ben­e­fited 14 food banks through­out Glas­gow and La­nark­shire.

“This cre­ated a bit of a dilemma, as De­nis only has a small van for his op­er­a­tions. But thanks to an­other friend, Vin­cente Bi­mendi of Prac­ti­cal Van Ren­tals Glas­gow, who pro­vided a Lu­ton van and two mem­bers of staff free of charge for the day, we were able to fill two vans with the much needed do­na­tions.”

John, who runs CUPI youth group in the town, added: “Many peo­ple tend to for­get that food banks are a life­line to many fam­i­lies all year round and re­quire re­stock­ing reg­u­larly.

“And as De­nis would tes­tify, its not only those on ben­e­fits who re­quire as­sis­tance but many in full­time, low-paid jobs or zero-hour con­tracts; the so-called “work­ing poor” also ac­cess the ser­vice.

“I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Tony Hamil­ton, CEO of the Celtic Foun­da­tion, Tara Maguire, Glas­gow NE food bank and all the fans for their kind do­na­tions. A spe­cial thanks must go to Is­abella Barnes, Jenny Kier­nan, Pat Lee and Jim Mitchell for all their hard work through­out the day in load­ing and un­load­ing the vans.”

Speak­ing about the food col­lec­tion, Celtic FC Foun­da­tion CEO, Tony Hamil­ton, said: Celtic FC Foun­da­tion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Tony Hamil­ton said: “We are com­mit­ted to help­ing where we can.”

Hoopy daysFrom the left is Celtic Foun­da­tion CEO Tony Hamil­ton, Loaves and Fishes chair­man De­nis Cur­ran MBE, Tara Maguire and John Park

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