The RFMCSC didn’t forget Celtic’s roots and 100% of the annual club funds are donated to worthy causes. Money has been raised by membership fess, club tee shirts and raffle draws at games. RFMCSC have in the past made several donations, which are briefly detailed below.

Pedra de Guartiba Orphanage

Donations of toys and powdered milk have been made on an annual basis to a local orphanage in Rio, Pedra de Guartiba.

Toys and powdered milk donated to a local orphanage

Toys and powdered milk donated to a local orphanage

Santa Margarida Under 11 * Under 15 Football Teams

The RFMCSC were also keen to introduce and sponsor something else and ideas included sponsoring a local children’s football team.

In June 2008, through a series of intermediaries, Paul Barnes, made contact with the RFMCSC regarding the donation of the Celtic Boys 2007-2008 football kit to any children’s teams looking for kit. After a series of transatlantic exchanges, the kit was secured by the RFMCSC on the understanding that the kit would be donated to a team to be further sponsored by the CSC.

Through family connections of one of the RFMCSC members, a qualified football coach, Gerson, was contacted and an invite extended for him to attend a meeting of the RFMCSC at The Irish Pub in Ipanema. Gerson arrived with assistant, Luis “Tavinao” Otavio, complete with coaching certificates, scrapbooks of a professional career that included signed photos of the Flamengo league winning side of 1987 in which Gerson was a fringe player. Gerson played for several clubs in Brasil, Bolivia and Ecuador before taking up coaching, including a stint working with Zico at a Botafogo boys team.

Gerson was already running two boys’ teams, an under11-year old, and an under 15-year old, in Santa Margarida, west Rio. Gerson impressed the RFMCSC members with his background and passion for football and working with kids in the poor neighborhood where he grew up. In turn Gerson was also impressed with Celtic and the club’s charitable beginnings.

I used the internet to find out more about Celtic. I was happy to know that Celtic were created to provide food and support for the poor people in Glasgow. I have passed this message onto the children in the team so that they can understand all about Celtic. They have watched Celtic play in the Champions League on TV. So they know who Celtic are.” said Gerson.

In November 2008 a band of RFMCSC members and families drove to Santa Margarida to handover the Celtic Boys’ kit and several hundred pounds worth of training equipment including a second strip donated by the RFMCSC. After the donation a magic show was put on by RFMCSC member Brian Gray. Around fifty local kids and adults were entertained by Brian’s beginners level Portuguese and magic tricks.

CSC members with the Santa Margarida Celtic Boys teams

CSC members with the Santa Margarida Celtic Boys teams

RFMCSC members with coach Gerson (in blue) and Tavinao

RFMCSC members with coach Gerson (in blue) and Tavinao

Since the handover the teams have won their respective championships. Exhibition games took place between Celtic Boys and Botafogo and Fluminense at the professional club’s training grounds. The RFMCSC will continue to follow and support the Celtic Boys as they take on the professional teams and into each new season.

Fundraising will continue with sales of Tee shirts and badges, club organized events and match day raffles. The RFMCSC appreciates the support of Richard and Alex of The Blue Agave in Ipanema and Snr Brinho and Neo at Rosa Chopp in Barra da Tijuca, and all the members and visitors that have contributed to club funds with donations and by purchasing club merchandise and buying raffle tickets. Here’s to a great 2014 with trophies for Celtic as well as the Celtic Boys of Rio.

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