Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 18 – Italy 28/03/2007

On the day of the game 7 footsoldiers, made their way to meet with the British Consulate staff including the Prefect of Bari, Carlo Schiraldi and travelled to the children’s leukaemia ward of Bari General Hospital in a mini-bus led by police escort!

On arrival at the hospital, they were greeted by about 300 members of staff, parents and children all waiting on the steps of the hospital.

This tremendous reception continued inside the hospital and up to the first floor where the professor in charge of the leukaemia ward, Domenico De Mattia, welcomed TASA and some of the children asked for autographs!

Following the official cheque handover, the ward’s Professor was presented with a Lion Rampant flag.  They were then taken in to meet the kids. A stock of teddies wearing saltire sweatshirts, saltire school packs and Scotland T-shirts were presented to all the kids and in each room there were journalists and TV crews filming and taking photos.

In preparation for our visit, the kids in the hospital had painted saltires and welcome signs and also presented TASA with some lovely hand made Easter decorations.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 17 – Ukraine 11/10/2006

We linked up with Tartan Kiev to help contribute to two charities in Kiev. Kiev Special School of Arts for Children with Impaired Vision, and one of the Kiev City Orphanages”

This fixture caught our imagination more than most, thanks to a large Ukrainian expat population in Scotland, and also the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl.

During the 6 months prior to the match Tartan Kiev raised almost £12,000 to add to the normal Sunshine Appeal donation, a range of activities and donations culminating with a dinner dance which was equally attended by Scots and Ukrainians.

Two children’s charities were identified….with the help of the Ukrainian Consul in Edinburgh and Alina Kisina, a Ukrainian photographer living in Edinburgh.

Alina suggested the Kiev Special School of Arts for Children with Impaired Vision, which turned out to be an inspirational place. Home to 120 children with no more than 3% vision, by working on crafts and music they provide the children with the means to make a living when they grow up. This in a country where there is no State support other than what’s necessary to barely keep the children alive, and where most disabled and uneducated children are destined to a life of poverty and misery.

The Consul suggested one of the Kiev City Orphanages, asking that we support a particular home which functions as a rehabilitation centre – homeless children brought off the streets are shaved and scrubbed, their clothes burned, and then they’re looked after for 3 months. If they have recovered sufficiently psychologically they are then placed in a permanent orphanage.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 16 – Lithuania 07/09/2006

Because of the changes to fixtures, the timescale to arrange anything similar to the previous donations in Lithuania was too short. It was agreed to donate to the same Children`s Home in Vilnius called Atsigrezk i Vaikus and also ask Lithuania Link (a UK based charity) if once again they could identify a use for a donation in the rural area of Zagare. With much help from Keith Shannon a Scot working in the British Embassy, liaison with the Children`s Home in Vilnius commenced, a list of items required was compiled and a date to visit was agreed. The proposal for the Lithuania Link donation was that the Youth Club in Zagare would use the funds to provide gifts and entertainment in the lead up to Christmas for the children living in the local orphanage called Naryshkin`s Palace.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 15 – Japan 14/05/2006

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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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 14 – Slovenia 12/10/2005

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.