Parents attacked while raising cash for charity
Sleep-out ends early after violent threats
Parents and coaching staff of a Rutherglen football club were verbally abused during a sleep-out they held to raise money for a homeless charity and their team.
Ten adults involved with Rutherglen Burgh 2006’s braced the cold to sleep rough on the streets of Glasgow city centre on November 4.
And in order to raise cash to buy supplies for those less fortunate and also a trip to an English theme park for the club, the volunteers had to endure freezing temperatures from 7pm to 7am.
However, parents and volunteers were challenged by three people, two believed to be homeless and under the influence of drink or drugs, and were forced to pack up two and a half hours earlier than planned.
Rutherglen Burgh 2006 coach Tony McDonald was pleased to have raised hundreds of pounds for both charity and club but did not expect the abuse that came their way.
He said: “It went quite well but, probably around 4.30am, we had to pack up and leave because there were people trying to attack the parents.
“We had gone to Greggs and got a lot of stuff like food and water to hand out but as the night got on it started to get a bit rowdy.
“Two homeless people attacked some of the parents and another, who I think was out partying, was shouting and calling us con artists.
“It was mostly just verbals but it was looking like it would turn physical so we left.
“It certainly showed us what life is like for people sleeping rough on the streets.”
Despite a difficult night, everyone who took part raised an incredible £448.57 which takes their total to over £1,500 courtesy of kind donations and sponsorship.
Half the cash raised will help fund a trip to Flamingo Land for the team while the other half will be spent on items such as sleeping bags, hats, scarves, gloves and toothpaste.
The supplies will then be taken to the Glasgow charity All2gethernow who will distribute the winter packs to the homeless.
Parents and members of the club, who collected items donated kindly by the public, are set to join the charity on an outing next week to find out what kind of work they do.
“We had a phenomenal response,” Tony continued. “I had a spare room filled with about 15 black bags and there looks like there could be even more.
“We got hats, scarves, gloves and jeans. Tesco donated breakfast packs and things like toothpaste and sleeping bags.
“The money we raised, half will go towards buying more things like that. It was an outstanding effort from everyone involved.”
And thanks to Tony and the club’s hard work, their efforts were recognised by those outwith Cambuslang.
Football chiefs at Rangers FC have since invited the team to play a friendly at their training base.
The boys will get the opportunity to play against the youth Gers side on November 25, 3pm at Murray Park and will be taken for a tour of the facilities.
It certainly showed us what life is like for people sleeping rough on the streets
Sleeping rough Parents and volunteers of Rutherglen Burgh FC 2006s