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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.

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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…

Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 10 – Italy 25/03/2005

A group of footsoldiers visited the Clinica Pediatrica De Marchi in Milan to make a donation to their charity – Fondazione G e D De Marchi.

An initial donation of 1,500 euros was presented from the Sunshine Appeal funds to help with the provision of a sterile room. When built, this room will be used to aid oncology patients during their chemotherapy treatment and other children with low immunity.

In addition, other members of the Tartan Army Message Board helped provide easter eggs and gifts for the children in the ward during our visit. At the request of the hospital staff, we left the easter eggs with them to divide out amongst the children that are allowed to eat chocolate.

The children were all staying in small rooms with only one or two occupants, so we visited every child and left them with a gift and an ‘I’ve met the Tartan Army’ badge. Hospital staff explained to each child who we were and why we were there. Each child was asked who would win the game the next night – Italy or Scotland. Bless them – the majority opted for Scotland – oh, the optimism of youth!  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 9 – Moldova 13/10/2004

Part 1
Several Sunshine Appeal representatives met up with Katy Low and Duncan Kirk of the CWUHA  Tiraspol Playground Appeal to hand over a cheque for £1000 to build a safe playground for the kids in the psycho-neurological hospital in Tiraspol. As most of the Tartan Army would not be arriving in Tiraspol until a few hours before the match, and because the CWUHA people are based in the UK rather than in Moldova/Transnistria, a decision was taken to make the presentation here in Scotland before they set off on their next convoy to Moldova at the start of September. We did the presentation in the centre of Edinburgh with the Old Town looking particularly photogenic in the background – more, perhaps, than can be said for the Sunshine Appeal representatives!

Part 2
Bright and early on match day a group of 32 Tartan Army footsoldiers assembled outside the Dublin Bar in Chisinau, ready to be collected by OutReach Moldova’s bus for our journey out to the Hincesti Orphanage. The Sunshine Appeal donation will be used both at Hincesti and at the baby orphanage that OutReach Moldova have recently taken over.

After spending almost two hours meeting the children, they headed back outside into the sunshine to get the formalities of the cheque handover done. As well as presenting OutReach with the main Sunshine Appeal donation of $2000, they handed over several other donations, including a cheque for £250 from the cancelled Tiraspol buses and donations from Neil MacDonald and MKScot. Finally, they presented them with a plaque that JimfaeKdy had made for the occasion – something to keep in the office to remember the day the “men in dresses” (a quote from one of the kids!) came to visit.   Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 8 – Spain 03/09/2004

A squad of 10 footsoldiers turned out for the cheque presentation to Aspanion. A charity that works with children who have cancer, and offer help to their families.

They were met by Lisbet of Aspanion and taken to a flat within the tower blocks where the charity had laid on a reception for them. A group of around 20 parents, children and representatives of the charity welcomed the Sunshine Appeal with a selection of refreshments – certain footsoldiers weren’t too impressed with the low alcohol lager on offer! Obviously our reputation is well-known as our hosts felt compelled to explain they didn’t like to drink proper alcohol around the children.

Mazz presented the cheque whilst Winky delivered a speech in Spanish to outline the reasons why the Sunshine Appeal had been established and its aims. The President of Aspanion, Jesus Gonzalez Marin then gave a speech to thank the Sunshine Appeal and express his gratitude that football fans felt driven to help in this way.

The children were clearly bemused by our appearance but made the most of the crisps, biscuits and juice on offer. Knowing what a serious illness these kids are facing, it’s a very humbling experience to see them getting on with life and just being kids – playing games and sneaking food when the adults weren’t looking. A few of them even had a small football game – which had a higher score line than the real thing later that day!   Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 7 – Estonia 27/05/2004

Several members of the Tartan Army, met up with the British Ambassador to Estonia, Nigel Haywood, the Embassy’s press officer, Raimo Poom, and chairwoman of the Childrens’ Hospital Foundation, Inna Kramer.

After taking them to a hospital wing desperately in need of a refit and introducing some gobsmacked children, Inna explained to the children the background of the Sunshine Appeal and the reason behind our visit that day.

She also described how the renovation of the hospital is entirely dependent on funds raised by the Foundation and how the Sunshine Appeal’s donation of 23,398 krooni (£1000) would benefit the refit of the traumatological department and assist in the purchase of a new cytogenetics system. The ambassador and the TASA representative, gave short and humble replies to this, reflecting our awe of the work of the staff and the bravery of the children, and also despair at the conditions and equipment they had to work with.

The head of the hospital, Dr Martenson, then continued the tour of the part of the hospital that was soon to be renovated, before showing us their state-of-the-art neo-natal unit, diagnostics lab, and soolakamber (salt chamber to you and me) which helps patients with respiratory problems.

We can all rest assured that our donation will made a huge difference here.
Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 6 – Denmark 28/04/2004

In April 2004, The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal made a £1000 donation to the Danish Cancer Society which also looks after children suffering from the effects of Cancer.

On the day of the donation 9 foot soldiers arrived at the British embassy just before 5 to some odd looks by the locals. After verifying their identities to the woman on the gates (the Americans next door had marines on the front gate) they were sent into the back garden to congregate with the embassy staff and the children and Director from the Danish Cancer Society.

The Ambassador, Sir Nicholas Browne, started off by welcoming everyone and made a short speech. He then handed over to Dave Johnstone for a speech which he had only been told about at 2.00pm that afternoon! Shortly afterwards, they presented a cheque for 11,000 Danish Kroner to the Director of the society to fund their grieving groups. He also then made a short speech.

The kids who were in attendance were then given some Scotland flags and some Edinburgh Rock to spoil their teas with. All the kids there had lost a relative through cancer.

Everyone congregated back in the bar for an hour or so as the Embassy supplied a free bar and buffet for everyone to honour the occasion. The Embassy had also supplied match tickets for the kids and charity directors, so they left early to get their seats while the TASA party stayed and chatted to the Ambassador and other staff – and obviously have another couple of drinks!  Full Story Here…

Everywhere We Go!