Ukrainian War: Glasgow and Edinburgh team up for charity football match for Ukraine

A CHARITY soccer match is due to take place on the original date of Scotland’s postponed World Cup play-off tie with Ukraine, in a bid to raise money for the country amid the Russian invasion.

The UK Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club, along with the Ukrainian communities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, have teamed up with Tartan Army Select FC to stage the ‘Solidarity Football Match’ on Thursday.

Organizers say they will seek to raise funds specifically for the Dnipro Kids charity, which helps orphans in the city of Dnipro. The charity was established in 2005 after football fans visited local orphanages when Hibernian played against Ukrainian side Dnipro FC.

Ross McNaught of Tartan Army Select FC said: “Tartan Army Select FC is delighted to welcome our Ukrainian friends to Glasgow. We hope the game will show solidarity between Scottish football fans and Ukraine, while using the game to raise vital funds for Dnipro Kids who do exemplary work for Ukrainian orphans. We hope for a quick resolution to the current crisis and that we can meet again for the World Cup play-offs in June.”

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Meanwhile, passengers traveling to Hampden on First Bus ahead of Scotland’s friendly against Poland on Thursday will be supporting the efforts of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

The bus operator will donate all profits from its X31 Hampden Express service and encourage those attending the match to play their part in helping to raise vital funds by choosing to travel on the Hampden Express to and from the venue. The amount raised will be matched pound for pound by First Bus before being donated to DEC.

Duncan Cameron, Managing Director of First Bus Scotland, said: “First Bus will fund any profits generated from operating the X31 service on Thursday. We would like to encourage people attending the friendly against Poland to choose to travel with us and to help raise as much as possible to support those facing extreme challenges and hardships in Ukraine.

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