Par­ents at­tacked while rais­ing cash for char­ity

Sleep-out ends early af­ter vi­o­lent threats

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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