Broth­ers smash their tar­get

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Two big-hearted broth­ers aged just five and six from Ruther­glen who or­gan­ised a char­ity foot­ball game have raised nearly five times their tar­get.

The Re­former re­ported a fort­night ago about Sa­muel and Daniel John­ston want­ing to do some­thing to help those less for­tu­nate af­ter six-year-old Sa­muel learned about char­ity in school.

So the Calder­wood Pri­mary pupils drew on their love of foot­ball to get their pals to­gether at Stonelaw pitches for a char­ity match on Satur­day, June 24.

It proved to be a mas­sive suc­cess, with 22 play­ers tak­ing part.

The boys, who wanted to raise £250 for the Beat­son Can­cer Char­ity, col­lected £368 on the day with a fur­ther £800 be­ing do­nated to their Just Giv­ing page.

Proud mum Kirsty McDougall said: “It went re­ally well. All the kids turned up along with a lot of par­ents and grand­par­ents, and they all re­ally seemed to en­joy it. Sa­muel and Daniel were very ex­cited about be­ing in the pa­per and were telling every­one about it.

“They had great fun and were on the win­ning team, al­though it wasn’t re­ally about win­ning or los­ing and they all got a cer­tifi­cate.

“It was quite windy, which made it cold, but the kids didn’t even no­tice be­cause they were run­ning about.

“We had peo­ple from the Meet­ing Place at Stonelaw Church serv­ing tea and cof­fee and that kept peo­ple warm.”

Sa­muel and Daniel chose the Beat­son as their grand­dad, Colin John­ston – who was among the crowd – 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 last year.

Sa­muel is al­ready talk­ing about do­ing it again, and Kirsty laughed: “We’ll wait and see. It’s a lot of hard work, but it was worth it to raise so much money.”

Team mates The chil­dren came out in num­bers to sup­port the good cause

On the run This lad tries to find a way through dur­ing the match

Tackle Daniel puts in a strong chal­lenge dur­ing the match

Thumbs up Sa­muel and Daniel were eager to do their bit

On the ball This young­ster shows a clean pair of heels

On the ball The day was a ma­jor hit with all the kids

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