First Minister: Celtic are leading by example
By: Newsroom Staff on 04 Aug, 2011 16:06
SCOTLAND’S First Minister, Alex Salmond, has praised Celtic for leading by example in organising the Legends match to raise money for Oxfam’s East Africa Famine Appeal.
“What Celtic are doing is in the best traditions of Celtic Football Club," the First Minister said. “This is the exactly the charitable basis on which Celtic were founded, and John Kennedy’s gesture in donating his gate receipts to this is an absolutely fantastic gesture from a fantastic player.”
The Legends match at Celtic Park on Tuesday, August 9 between Celtic and Manchester United will see a number of former players, along with a host of celebrities, take part in the game, raising money for Oxfam’s Appeal.
And the First Minister believes that it’s to Celtic’s credit that the club’s efforts in organising this match are in keeping with its charitable origins.
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“The people of Scotland can help by doing what Celtic are doing and that’s leading by example,” Alex Salmond said. “The money is needed for East Africa, and we’ve got a tremendous Scottish input into this, not just with Oxfam, but with SCIAF and other great aid agencies.
“The Scottish Government will be doing their bit, and the people of Scotland should rally behind this initiative and make sure the maximum contribution goes from Scotland to help those people in the world who’ve got nothing at all.
“We have institutions in our country which have been founded in a charitable impetus. That was the basis of the foundation of Celtic Football Club and, therefore, it’s good to see an institution reflect and be true to its origins.”
And Alex Salmond emphasised that, as a country, Scotland also has a long tradition of responding in a charitable way to help those people throughout the world who are in need.
"When it comes to putting our hands in our pockets to help people who really need it, Scots do step forward, probably more than any other country in the world. That’s a good thing to do," he said.
“We may only be five-million strong, but we can make our presence count, and to do it with this cause, right now, when children are dying, is really, really important.
“So well done to Celtic, and to Manchester United for showing the way in what will be a fantastic match to watch.
“What better way to lead by example in this match is by saying that, apart from providing excellent entertainment, what better way to show that this is going to do something for those who have nothing? That’s a great demonstration and a great leadership by example, so well done to all concerned.”
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