Foodbank welcomes footy fundraiser funds

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

Published at 22:08 on 16 July 2015

Cumbernauld Against Poverty

Michael, one of the football match organisers, hands the gift voucher over to the foodbank's administrator. Picture: Scott Campbell. 

CUMBERNAULD’S Bethlehem House of Bread were delighted this evening after the organisers behind Sunday’s charity football match turned up to present the foodbank with a four-figure cheque.

Campaign group ‘Cumbernauld Against Poverty’ organised last Sunday’s special football match, with all of the proceeds from the match 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. 

Speaking to Cumbernauld Media after the game, 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.”

Commenting on the donation, Norma Cowan from the Bethlehem House of Bread Food co-operative thanked Liam and Michael for organising the match, describing the donation as: “wonderful”

Mrs Cowan, the foodbank’s administrator explained: “It’s absolutely amazing. To get a cheque of that amount is great, and will go a long way to helping us support the people who come to us for help.

“The manner in which Liam and Michael have donated this money is very helpful too, because by putting it into an ASDA voucher, it means it’s more practical.

“I order groceries every single week from ASDA, because even with the generosity of people, there’s things that we run out of; we might have loads of beans and soup, but we have no cereals, for example,” Norma added. 

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