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Children’s Charity issue statement over Hearts’ Thomson u-turn decision

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Children’s Charity, Children 1st, have released a statement in relation to Hearts’ decision to inform Craig Thomson that he will not play for the Tynecastle club again. Corrie had years previously worked with a family who had a disabled daughter through her charity efforts. That girl’s father, Fred Koornstra, was a bureaucrat who was placed in charge of a ration card office. These were people who knew and respected each other, and when Corrie asked Fred if she could have some extra ration cards, his answer was “how many.” According to Corrie she meant to only ask for five, but when she opened her mouth “the number that unexpectedly and astonishingly came out instead was: ‘One hundred.’” She left with an arm load of life saving ration cards she gave to Jews across the community saving an unknown number of families from certain starvation.The decision to partner with a child charity should be made with careful consideration. Though most children’s charity organizations operate on the basic premise of using monetary donations to improve a child’s life somewhere in the world, how this is accomplished varies widely. Things you should know about charity efforts, click here for further details.

Many factors must be considered when evaluating a charity to partner with. The first is whether the donation will be a one-time gift or an ongoing monthly sponsorship. A one-time gift has the benefit of being easy for the giver because there is no long-term commitment, and little thought or effort is required. While one-time gifts are greatly appreciated by a child charity, a commitment to a monthly sponsorship (particularly when it’s focused on holistic child development) has greater potential to powerfully impact a child’s life. Once the commitment to a monthly sponsorship is made, the next factor to consider is how the donation will be used to improve the child’s life. Many child charity organizations focus only on the child’s physical needs – nutrition and health. Services to provide these needs may be administered by a social agency or a school in the child’s community. Often, the meal served at school will be the only one the child will eat that day. Medical care may be provided and may include treatment for illness, immunizations, and education in hygiene and disease prevention.

Some charity organizations help with the child’s education and vocational training. This may involve providing school supplies and books, paying a teacher’s salary, or hiring classroom aides, as well as teaching the child culturally relevant life skills such as sewing or woodworking. These interventions give the child a head start toward becoming a self-sufficient adult.

Emphasis on spiritual development is one program component that sets a few organizations apart from the rest. A partnership between the child charity and the local church provides the child with an opportunity to learn about God in a culturally sensitive manner.

Chief Executive Anne Houston commented: “Throughout this situation, CHILDREN 1ST’s concern – as it always is – has been for the welfare of children and ensuring that everyone takes responsibility to protect them.”

“We are relieved that the club now accepts the role it must play in minimising the risk of sexual harm to children. As we have said before, our Safeguarding in Sport initiative would welcome the opportunity to discuss with Hearts, and other clubs, how we might help them with training and procedures on child protection issues,” added Houston.

The statement continued: “The reason we got involved in this issue was because of our longstanding commitment to protecting children and ensuring they are safe and secure. This decision by Hearts sends a clear message to children and young people that they are valued and that their experiences will be taken seriously.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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