Old Firm charity game raises $13,000

The Old Firm charity game between Celtic and Rangers was a big winner for two needy causes; Miss Nadine’s pre-school and The Pines retirement home.

The football match last month raised $13,196, a magnificent amount considering it was organised on short notice.

It was between supporters of the two big Glasgow sides and ended in a 1-0 win for Celtic in the inaugural running of the Brian Dempsey Cup.

Businessman Dempsey is a life-long Celtic supporter and former director of the great side.

A Cayman resident for many years, he recently returned to Scotland and this was a fitting farewell from Celtic fans to Dempsey who used to pay for satellite TV feed into the Triple Crown pub so that they could watch Scottish Premiership matches. He also paid the breakfast bill too.

The match was organised by Noel Kane, owner of the Triple Crown pub along with fellow Celtic supporter Drew Rogers.

Other organising committee members were Steve Roughead and Wayne Sives who are Rangers supporters.

The Celtic kit was sponsored by Alba and the Rangers kit by Blue Eyes Granite. The game was billed as Old Firm but Old and Infirm was more appropriate.

Sponsors included Thistle Construction, Elite Marble & Granite, Ghezzi Mechanical Contractors and Triple Crown as the main sponsor.

The money was raised through great raffle prizes and events at the Triple Crown.

‘The money will be shared equally between Miss Nadine’s and The Pines,’ said Kane who has two daughters attending the school, Ella, three and Katie, three months.

‘This is a fantastic amount,’ Kane added. ‘We really bust out guts to raise it and we’ll do it again, only in January when it’s not so hot. It was a great vibe that day only a little too warm.

‘Everybody pulled together for a great cause. A win-win situation all round and everybody’s already in training for the January. We just want a better scoreline.

‘Brian was off the island but will return at Christmas and he’ll be delighted, proud and humbled. He’s a generous man and always involved in charity.’

Recipient of the cheque was Janice Wilson, NVCO CEO. She said: ‘I’m totally delighted. It’s funds like this that keep our programme going. It is essential to our whole operations to get contributions and I can’t thank Noel and the other organisers enough.’

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