The Kano Foundation prides itself on the steadfast support of those who dig deep to help us achieve our ultimate aim of keeping football free for kids. Some people assist us by coming along to our fundraisers, others by donating via our direct debit scheme and some even literally climb mountains. Then, there are people like our outgoing ambassador Paul Larkin.
Known to many in the Celtic family, author Paul has taken his book and documentary The Asterisk Years, and with it the Kano Foundation name, around the globe.
As part of his popular sellout book tour, we were delighted to benefit as Paul’s nominated charity, receiving donations from raffles & ticket money. The book has sold over 70,000 copies; the tour visited nearly 30 venues across three continents.
To open the documentary, fellow HomeBhoy Joe McKenna penned his song ‘We Still Won’. This catchy number was converted to digital download with proceeds also being donated to us.
When The Asterisk Years was converted to the small screen and also made available for digital download, we were once again the beneficiaries, with users needing to provide a donation to The Kano Foundation to receive to a copy. Downloads so far are in excess of 3000.
Paul turned to writing again this year and ‘Celtic Shorts’ was released in March. This page-turning collection of 18 short stories with a Celtic connection drew not only on Paul’s talents, but also the magical memories of others such up and coming writers Marcello Stefani and Maley’s Bhoys’ Frank Rafters, as well as celebrity fans John Higgins, John-Paul Taylor, Jackie McNamara, Simon Donnelly and David Farrell. Make sure you have your copy for passing the time at the beach this summer!
As a result of Paul’s efforts, we have received over £10,000 in donations, enough to take over 4,000 kids to a game. A huge thank you goes out to everyone (below) who supported Paul and made it all possible.
Another huge thank you goes out to those who invested in the film, attended a film screening, downloaded the film or contributed to that outstanding figure in any other way.
Paul’s support has meant so much more than just donations and we simply can not thank him enough. He is now stepping down as a Kano Foundation ambassador and we wish him well as he moves on to his next project, raising money for the very worthy Celtic Foundation.
Hail Hail Paul and all the best, from everyone at The Kano Foundation.
Thank you to…
Irvine No1 CSC
Airdrie Neil Lennon CSC
Celtic Canvas Art
Carluke Shamrock CSC
The Plough CSC
NY Fenian Bhoys
The Bronx Bhoys
The Wimbledon CSC
Sonoma County CSC
The Den CSC
The Sydney City CSC
Christine De Man
Perth WA CSC
Jock Stein Melbourne CSC
Roy Milne Posse
Estadio Nacional, Lisbon