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'We formed to help those in need' - Celtic to donate funds from charity match to refugee crisis

James Orr

Published 04/09/2015 | 08:22

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Celtic supporters

Celtic have announced that they will help those affected by the current refugee crisis by donating the money they take in from the club's charity match against Dunfermline this weekend.

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The SPL champions have released a statement on their website which says that the club will their share of proceeds raised from the Jock Stein 30th Anniversary Charity Match between Celtic Legends and Dunfermline on Sunday would be given to an international aid agency.

Celtic described the refugee crisis as "horrific and heartbreaking" and cited the club's beginnings as the reason for their decision to donate money to help those in need.

Speaking about the move, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "Having seen the effects of this humanitarian crisis unfold in recent days, we felt as a club we should help in any way we can.

"Celtic was established as a football club to help people in need and this ethos remains a fundamental part of our club almost 130 years after our formation.

"None of us can understand the true horrors of this situation but as a club we wanted to show our support for those affected."

Tony Hamilton, Chief Executive of Celtic FC Foundation, said: "This is absolutely the right thing for us to do. Our club was formed by immigrants, many of whom had escaped the devastation of the great famine.

"Celtic was created to offer vital help in a time of need and we feel it is important that we are there again.

“In the coming days we will appoint a third party charity with expertise in this area to ensure the money donated is spent wisely to alleviate the suffering, in the best way possible."

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