Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 42 – Belgium 16/10/2012

On the morning of the World Cup qualifier against Belgium in Brussels, several Sunshine Appeal Steering Group members attended the childrens’ oncology ward of the Brussels UZ Hospital, which was the recipient of the £1,500 donation.  The Steering Group members were accompanied by members of the Cloverleaf TA in Aberdeen who had recently held a fundraising dinner for Sunshine Appeal funds. Also on the visit was piper Willie Masson from Aberdeen.

On arrival at the Hospital they were welcomed by several staff including the Clinical Director of the Hospital Prof. Van Plassen. The group were given a tour of the childrens’ wards and informed of the work carried out.

They also visited the oncology ward where they were met by critically ill children and their parents.  Willie Masson brought the whole place to a standstill with his repertoire on the pipes and received a standing ovation by all.  The Hospital also invited Brussels TV along to film the occasion, and interviewed vice chairman Neil  Forbes.

All of the Tartan Army footsoldiers were completely overawed by the welcome and reception given by all at the Hospital, and believed that donations like this enhance the reputation of Scotland Football supporters throughout the world.  More pictures here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 41 – Wales 12/10/2012

The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal made a donation of £1500 to The Noah’s Ark Appeal (the Official Charity of the Children’s Hospital for Wales).

Three members of the Sunshine Appeal Steering Group together with representatives of The Harry Wraggs Tartan Army went along to meet the children on the morning of the match against Wales in Cardiff. Everyone present was entertained by our superb piper, Spud, and the children loved their small Scottish gifts.

The Children’s Hospital for Wales treats thousands of children each year and our donation will contribute towards ensuring that these young patients receive the best possible facilities and care.

The main projects they are fundraising for are:

  • A hydrotherapy pool
  • Equipment for the critical care unit
  • An open MRI scanner
  • 2 integrated theatres
  • An enclosed garden for therapy, rehabilitation, education and leisure

We would like to thank Olivia Collins of The Noah’s Ark Appeal for arranging our visit and to those who took time out of their match day celebrations to help with this donation.  Full Story Here…

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 40 – USA 25/05/2012

The end of season friendly in America was an opportunity for Craig Levein’s men to be tested against a top 20 side, and gave the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal the chance to continue our “Everywhere We Go” pledge, and make our first donation to a children’s charitable organisation in the USA.

The Jackson School for Autism’s objectives are to offer the best possible assistance to cater for the varying levels of autism of all students (aged between 4-21), and enhance their academic and behavioural growth, develop coping skills, offer speech therapy and maintain positive relationships with their peers, to give them the best possible chance of leading as near to normal adult life as they can.

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 39 – Slovenia 29/02/2012

In keeping with our aim of donating in every country in which Scotland play an away match, we donated £1000 to a charity in Koper who aim to alleviate the problems faced by children who are victims of domestic violence.  The presentation was a low-key affair in Trieste attended by representatives of the receiving organisation, the Koper Tourist Board and local press.

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Countdown to the 50th Consecutive Donation: No. 38 – Cyprus 11/11/2011

The donation for this friendly match in Cyprus, was made on the pitch prior to the game. A cheque for £1000 was presented to the Cyprus Autistic Association in Larnaca.

The Cyprus Autistic Association was founded in 1990 and is recognised by the state as a charitable Association. It is a member of Autism Europe as well as the World Autism Organisation. The Association strives to uphold the rights of persons with Autism and caters to the needs of both the person with Autism as well as to their caretakers in daily life, education and treatment with the ultimate goal of improving their quality of life.

Graeme Baxter and Dot Wilson present the cheque to Panayiotis Savvides from the Cyprus Autistic Association prior to the match in Larnaca.

Click here to read a letter of thanks from the charity’s coordinator, Paulina Chrysostomou.

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