Old Firm stars back local charity effort

Local football fans are coming together in aid of good causes, inspired by the plight of a little boy suffering extremely rare medical conditions.

Football mad Jason Adair and Jamie McColm were so moved by the illnesses which struck Oscar Knox that they decided to organise a fundraising friendly match on Sunday, October 6, at Blairmount Park if the 3G pitch is ready or Minnigaff if it is not.

As well as the game, there will be bouncy castles, facepainting, bottle and cake stalls, and a raffle and mini auction.

It is hoped to raise as much money as possible for Oscar, aged five, who suffers from the rare chromosome disorder known as Jacobsen Syndrome, as well as neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects one in 100,000 children. Also benefiting from the fundraising day will be Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and Simba, a charity which helps parents who have lost children to stillbirth or illness.

The match will be between Rangers and Celtic. Both teams have squads of 25, with each player donating £20 to take part. There will be three 30-minute periods of which the first will feature over-35s.

The event has been months in the planning and already former players from both of the Glasgow giants have been called up. Nacho Novo and Bob Malcolm are already signed up for the blue half, though the Celtic names are still to be announced.

Jason said: “Folk have been donating by buying one-off Oscar T-shirts and also the latest Oscar wristbands, which are available in Cafe Cree, Semichem and Cinnamon at £2. On the day admission will be £2 at the park and wristbands can be bought on the day. Raffles and wristbands will be on sale in the town this weekend so look out for them while shopping.

“If anyone is interested in helping on the day or donating then please contact me or Jamie on Facebook or by mobile, for which the numbers are available on posters round town.

“Don’t forget to join the fun on the day and let’s hope all the players pull through the game unscathed! To show support for Oscar, can all fans of both clubs please turn up in their team’s home tops on the day. We are asking for encouragement for both teams to make sure the whole event is a huge success. Special thanks to all the volunteers for helping make this day happen and especially to Safer Area Security for donating the company’s security services to this event.”