Celtic fans reach £75,000 target in two days for Palestine fundraiser

Celtic FC fans have successfully raised £75,000 for their ongoing campaign -‘matchthefineforpalestine’.

The Scottish champions were fined £15,000 by UEFA for waving Palestinian flags in their Champions League play-off against Israeli outfit Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C.  

In response, Celtic ultras ‘the Green Brigade’ created a fundraiser aiming to raise £75,000 for Palestine.

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The response from the football fans around the world has been staggering, hitting the target of £75,000 in under two days. The funds will be split between UK based charity Medical Aid Palestine (MAP) and the Lajee Centre, a Palestinian cultural centre in Aida Refugee Camp.


Medical Aid Palestine (MAP)

The MAP is a UK based charity, providing medical care to a large number of Palestinians affected by conflict in the Gaza Strip. Funds will also go towards improving emergency response services. Palestinian surgeons and medical services will also be funded to treat victims on the ground.


Funding Aida Celtic

The Lajee centre Based in Aida, lies in just one of 19 refugee camps in the West Bank. The centre provides a chance at normal life for Palestinians living in refuge. Locals are able to perform arts, culture and sporting activities.

Part of the funding will go towards building new football club: Aida Celtic. Aida will enter the Bethlehem Youth League in 2017 and host tournaments on their football field. Their fieldwill also be upgraded, as well as transportation to and from matches.

All class by the Green Brigade and fans of Celtic FC.  

 

Ari Charilaou