2000 Challenge Update
Free Travel Now an Added Bonus for Children
Inverness Caledonian Thistle are delighted to announce that following a tremendous response to the request for donations to assist as many children as possible to get to the William Hill Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on May 30th we are now in a position to provide funding for bus travel to assist the children.
Iain Auld (commercial manager) said: “Following a fantastic response for donations to assist the club in providing as many free children’s tickets in the East stand as possible we can now confirm that following a discussion with Caley Jags Together and given the level of funding raised we are now in a position to assist with the children’s travel.
Though the funding will be limited and given on a first come basis all children that have paid their £10 bus fee to the trust to date will have this refunded from source. Going forward the price of all the bus tickets has risen dramatically due to buses now being taken up from down south to cope with demand and again we will contribute to this to ensure that the children on these latest buses can travel for free. We would like to thank the players, Common Good Fund and the individuals that have sent donations to the club to assist with this superb initiative.”
Jennifer Aitchison (chair of Caley Jags Together) said: “Following a meeting with Kenny and Iain on Friday, we are delighted that all the children now travelling on the supporters buses will get to travel for free. Given we are extremely busy at this time we will get round to refunding the money that has been paid. On behalf of all the travelling supporters I would like to thank the club, individuals and the Common Good Fund for their donations to this worthy cause."
City Leader Ian Brown welcomed the funding boost, saying: “I am delighted to see this great response from businesses and individuals which comes on the back of the Player and Common Good donations towards enabling children and families to attend the final. This event helps to raise the profile of the City on the National and International stage.”
He added: “The income for the Inverness Common Good Fund comes from investments in property and Shares, and is used to pay for things which benefit people living in the Burgh, where Council funds are unavailable.
“It will be a special day for the Club and a great day for the people of the City and the Highlands. The Common Good Fund is designed to support both community wellbeing and economic activity and the Cup Final is the perfect match for both these objectives”