The KANO Foundation took inspiration from the highly successful “Bringing Martin Home” fundraising effort that was undertaken by the Celtic support.
Overnight in 2008, Martin Kane, a Glasgow Celt living in Australia, was struck down by a rare neurological condition called Devic’s Syndrome. The condition is an extreme form of multiple sclerosis and causes the immune system to attack the protective material that covers the nerves.
Martin, known as “Kano” to his friends, was a regular contributor to the Celtic Quick News forum and once other members of the forum found out about his situation they quickly kicked off a fundraising effort to raise £60,000 to pay for modifications to his house to get him home for Christmas with his family after spending a year in hospital.
One fundraising event was a bucket collection outside Celtic Park on a match-day.
The overall campaign exceeded the target and it was decided to use some of the extra money to take a group of children, who had volunteered at the bucket collection, to a match at Celtic Park. The idea for The KANO Foundation was born.
Soon after, The KANO Foundation was formed by trustees John-Paul Gilmartin, Joe Mackin & Mark Kingsman along with co-founders Marc Martin , Tony Reilly, Gordon Johnston and Gillian Lindsay with Martin Kane as our Patron.
Since season 2010/2011 The KANO Foundation has been Keeping Football Free for Kids, giving over 3000 kids a unique match day experience at Celtic Park.