Football fundraiser raises £1k for Cumbernauld foodbank

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 21:10 on 12 July 2015

Cumbernauld Against Poverty

Both teams gather behind the CAP banner before the first whistle. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

ORGANISERS behind yesterday’s charity football match at Ravenswood Sports Pavilion say they are “delighted” by the response from members of the public.

Campaign group ‘Cumbernauld Against Poverty’ organised the special football match, with all of the proceeds from the match set to be donated to Cumbernauld’s Bethlehem House of Bread foodbank.

Established after last year’s referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent country, the Cumbernauld Against Poverty group is a non-partisan, community group who say they are “aimed at tackling and reducing poverty in the Cumbernauld from a grassroots level.”

As part of the match, players were divided into two opposing teams: Celtic and Rangers. In the end, Celtic won the match 4-0, with a four-figure sum raised in the process. 

Match organiser Liam Stevenson confirmed that £1,000 had been raised from the match and that the money will be “split between foodbanks in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.”

Commenting after the match, Stevenson said: “The match ended up with Celtic winning 4-0, and on the pitch we had ex Motherwell captain Brian Martin and Tommy Sheridan both playing.”

The Kildrum resident added: “Cumbernauld Against Poverty would like to thank everyone who took part in what was a good game, played in the correct spirit by two groups of rival fans uniting in order to tackle poverty in our community.

“Special thanks to Tommy and Brian for giving us their time and to each and every person who donated and/or sponsored a player, and thanks also to Stables Bar who sponsored the match,” Liam said.

Scott Kiernan, Marc Jarvie and Robert McGluaghlin were the goal scorers, with McGluaghlin voted man of the vote after scoring two of the game’s four goals. 

Michael Croly, the event’s second organiser said he “thought the event was excellent”.

He added: “Two rival supporters uniting under the one banner and supporting a local fundraising group means a lot to us, and the people it will actually help out. 

“We are all grateful for the continued support from friends, family and the people of Cumbernauld, and look forward to working with them in our future campaigns.”

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