Broth­ers kick-off char­ity match

Car­ing sib­lings or­gan­ise foot­ball game for cancer

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Two Ruther­glen broth­ers have shown their car­ing side by or­gan­is­ing a char­ity foot­ball match – de­spite the old­est be­ing just six.

Sa­muel and Daniel John­ston wanted to do some­thing to help those less for­tu­nate af­ter Sa­muel learned about char­ity in school.

The pair then drew on their love for the beau­ti­ful game to or­gan­ise a fundrais­ing match this Satur­day.

All pro­ceeds will go the Beat­son Cancer Char­ity and they have al­ready smashed their £250 tar­get, col­lect­ing £320 so far.

Sa­muel, 6, and Daniel, 5, are in pri­mary two and one at Calder­wood Pri­mary re­spec­tively.

Their kind ges­ture has left mum, Kirsty McDougall, and dad, David John­ston, burst­ing with pride. Kirsty said: “Sa­muel’s class was learn­ing about char­i­ties and help­ing oth­ers just be­fore the Easter break.

“He came home and was telling us about it. He’s a huge foot­ball fan and kept ask­ing if foot­ball was a char­ity. We said no but some peo­ple played games to raise money for char­ity.

“The idea just grew from there. He wouldn’t stop talk­ing about it and then Daniel wanted to get in­volved.

“I’m re­ally proud of them. They’re both re­ally ex­cited. They have been count­ing down the days.”

The fam­ily chose the Beat­son be­cause the fa­cil­ity had helped two fam­ily mem­bers in the past.

The boys’ grand­dad, Colin John­ston – who will be among the fans on Satu­day – was there 11 years ago af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with cancer.

The fam­ily has also ex­pe­ri­enced tragedy. Kirsty’s cousin, Chris McDougall, passed away from cancer at the age of 28 a year and a half ago. She said: “Sa­muel took it very badly.

“Both Chris and their gran­dad spent time at the Beat­son so when they de­cided they wanted to help sick peo­ple we sug­gested the Beat­son.”

The boys, who stay on Reid Street, have called on their school friends as well as pals from a foot­ball club they at­tend at the Stonelaw pitches.

Also help­ing out is gran­dad Colin’s work, Es­sen­tial Sup­port Ser­vices, who have paid for the hire of the park, and The Meeting Place group at Stonelaw Church who will keep fans re­freshed.

Kirsty added: “Their friends have all been great, as have the par­ents who have all been re­ally sup­port­ive.”

The fam­ily have set up a Just Giv­ing page - www.justgiv­ fundrais­ing/Sa­mue­landDaniel - for any­one who wants to sup­port the boys.


In action Broth­ers Sa­muel and Daniel John­ston love to play foot­ball to­gether

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