Welcome to the home of the original and longest established charity funded by Scotland fans, the aim of which is to make a donation to identified children’s charities in every country in which the Scottish National Football Team plays matches. Since 2003, this has been achieved – uninterrupted.
Everywhere We Go!
You can read about our work in the Past Projects area, but here’s the quick version. Ten years and 49 consecutive donations condensed into three minutes…
Founded in 1984, Nonohana-no-ie Children’s Home is a government-supported children’s home and has provided a secure, home-like environment for hundreds of Japanese and non-Japanese children who are the victims of child abuse, neglect and other inhumane treatment. This is also considered to be a subject which is often swept under the carpet in Japan.
The presentation itself went very well, the Children made a special effort drawing various posters and getting a Scottish theme going out there. Neil MacDonald who made the presentation was shown round the home where he met a lot of the children then was taken to the other building which house abused woman normally people who were non-Japanese who had married Japanese men and ended up being the victims of abuse.
Neil was then guest of honour at a Scottish party they had held in the Sunshine Appeal’s honour and gave him some posters they had drawn for the Scottish fans. Full Story Here…
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In Ljubljana, Slovenia, the donation was made to the Foundation to Help the Children (Fundacija za pomoc otrokom), which helps children with special needs throughout the country. Olga Bahun, president of the Foundation wrote: “We are very grateful for the Tartan Army’s support and their donation – we think this is more than a nice act! We thank them deeply in the name of our volunteers, children and their families, who will catch the sunbeam from them.
For kids, being in hospital can be boring and even depressing. The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal provided funds that were used to provide entertainment for the kids in Rikshospitalet, the largest children’s hospital in Norway.
On the day TASA visited, they saw this in action for themselves with enactments of children’s stories, dance displays, a visit by Wigwam – the Norwegian band representing the country in the Eurovision Song Contest, magicians – and even the Tartan Army took to the stage!
In an atrium packed with kids and parents, an explanation of the Tartan Army and the Sunshine Appeal was provided and a cheque for kr. 12,000 presented to Dr Erik Thaulow before Darius, the piper, provided the real Scottish entertainment for the kids. Kicking off with a rendition of the theme tune to the Flintstones, Darius then provided a short medley of tunes to the audience’s delight (and a few whoops from the Norwegians!).
Afterwards, a small group of footsoldiers toured the wards to meet kids that were too immobile to make it down to the presentation. Handing out sweets and toys, we were able to chat to the kids that spoke English, whilst the hospital staff explained to those that didn’t why we were there. We also met with a teacher at the hospital who advised us that the next day they would be teaching the kids about Scotland as part of their lessons.
Before we left, we were shown the room where they’d arranged to show the game on a big screen so that all the kids well enough could join together to watch the game….and we left them with a Scotland T-shirt which they could pin to the wall as a reminder of our visit. We even promised the kids we’d sing a song for them – and told them to listen out for Doe a Deer! Full Story Here…
Everywhere We Go!
The task of finding an organisation to donate to in Graz was made considerably easier by having footsoldier Mark (Dicko) Dickson living and working there. With some assistance from a colleague of Mark`s, Steirische Kinderkrebshilfe was identified. This was a regional charity which assisted children with cancer and their families. Once contact had been made, they were able to indicate some of the things the Sunshine Appeal donation would allow them to buy. They needed one if not two buggies, memory cards for playstations, various puzzles and games and baby toys.
On match day a group of footsoldiers attended the Children`s Cancer Ward in the hospital in Graz and presented an oversize cheque from the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal. The company Mark is employed by wanted to supplement the Sunshine Appeal donation by 500 euros. This news was welcomed and it was expected this would allow another hi-spec buggy to be bought for babies and toddlers having to attend hospital. Full Story Here…
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The TASA party gathered at the Hotel Belarus in Minsk on matchday where the sight was of people piling out of full lifts most with bags, dropping them in a pile in the centre of the lobby. This truly incredible sight was repeated time and time again over the following 30 minutes!!
Thirty or so people, plus 100s of bags were loaded onto the bus for the trip out to the Cancer Hospital on the outskirts of Minsk. The British Ambassador for Belarus also met the party in the Hospital. Time was spent in a theatre room with some of the children who were well enough to move, where they were given a basic set of toiletries, some toys, plus Cola and Irn Bru.
After the party had finished there was a tour round the hospital to see the facilities, meet the children and make sure each child got a donation of some sort. As for the cash donation, the entire Sunshine Appeal donation went into the development of the summer camps in Belarus. Of Neil’s HBOS donation, 50% went to the Central fund for the summer camps and the remainder went to the Chernobyl Children Lifeline’s Edinburgh Link fund towards the cost of bringing the Children over from Belarus every summer. Full Story Here…
Everywhere We go!