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Colts will donate percentage of all fundraising to four-year-old's cancer treatment

CLARKSTON Colts will donate a percentage of all of our fundraising to the family of a young boy diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Four-year-old Calum Rae was found to be suffering from M high-risk Neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer with a high chance of reoccurrence, on March 1 after initial chickenpox symptoms failed to clear up.

Calum Rae has already undergone treatment for his illness

His parents are now raising money to send him to New York to take part in a vaccine trial that could decrease the chances of his illness relapsing.

Costing £250,000, the clinical trial involves seven trips in one year to the United States. So far, his family has raised more than £100,000, which includes a £200 donation from Clarkston Colts.

Calum has a family connection to the club, with his cousin playing for our 2007s and his grandpa heavily involved in the team.

The decision to pledge 25 per cent of fundraising income was unanimously agreed on at May's AGM, which also saw head coach Scott Murphy elected unopposed as the Colts' new secretary, replacing Mark Kirk in the role.

Speaking during his opening remarks, chairman Gordon Wright said: "We have a very good team spirit here. We stick together. We show a great deal of patience and we all support this club as much as we can.

Gordon Wright during his opening remarks

"I'd like to offer my personal and sincere thanks to everyone connected with the club. That goes from the players and family members, up to the coaches and committee members. We are all deeply thankful for your support.

"To have a successful team, you must have the right infrastructure in place, that's where it all stems from. I'd especially like to thank Mark Kirk for the support he has given this club.

"I'd also like to thank the coaching team. We are deeply grateful for the effort and support you give to these boys.

Head coach Scott Murphy will also now serve as secretary

"We are in a strong position and we remain together in moving the club ahead."

Other key points from the AGM included:

  • An update on the coaching structure and the introduction of several of our new volunteers

  • The confirmation of plans to donate old kits to Diamonds in the Community, and to order a match set of strips for the Minis ahead of the move to 7-a-side football next year

  • Proposals to once again apply for North Lanarkshire's Community Grant

  • The Colts remain in a strong financial position, mainly due to fundraising efforts throughout the year

  • The Minis continue to go from strength-to-strength, promising a bright future for the club

The full minutes from the meeting will be posted at a later date. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with any members of the committee or email us:

To donate to Calum's treatment, visit here.

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