About The RSEA
When The Rangers took to the field against Inter Milan on the 6th December 2005, the team were met with the sight of the most wonderful card display Ibrox had ever seen, it featured the Union Flag in the Govan Stand, flanked by a St Andrews saltire in both the Broomloan and Copland Rd stands. It was a glorious vision, which epitomised the very heart and soul of our Club and support.
As a result of misplaced and poisonous comments from some sections of the media about the display, two Rangers fans decided to make an effort to raise money for and awareness of the Erskine Home amongst the Rangers Support. The first (and at that time only) objective was to raise enough money to treat a dozen or so Residents to lunch followed by a match day experience at Ibrox. Rangers Legend and former Black Watch soldier Harold Davis was invited to become our figure-head and Patron, a role which he accepted without hesitation……. so in the summer of 2007 the Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal was born.
Over the following five years numerous sponsored events have taken place, walks, runs, cycles, swims and abseils followed by Football matches, quizzes, golf days, can collection and dinners.
Merchandise has been produced and sold, badges, hats, scarves, polos, tee-shirts, calendars, mugs, wristbands have all been well received. Recording artist Sammy King, allowed his famous ‘Penny Arcade’ to be made available as a download and a hard copy CD, with all proceeds going to the home. Countless items have been auctioned and raffled, the most notable being Harold Davis’ Rangers Blazer from the Rangers Tour of Russia, which fetched a sizable amount of cash.
In 2011 with the help and guidance of Grail PR we held our 1st Glasgow based Sportsmans Dinner at the Thistle Hotel, to honour the Team who went to Wolverhampton Town in 1961. All six surviving members Ritchie, Caldow, Davis, McMillan, Brand & Wilson were able to attend and gave of their time freely. We were also joined by John Greig, Alfie Conn and Johnny Hubbard MBE and were royally entertained by Gordon Smith, Johnny Gahagan and the Original mason in the black Bro Bobby Tait.
A table of ten Erskine residents joined the 600 strong crowd which saw the night rounded of in style as Sammy King travelled up from Yorkshire to sing us “Penny Arcade” live.
In 2012 our 2nd Annual RSEA Golf Tournament at Callander Golf Club saw 140 golfers take part raising in excess of £9000 in the process.At the tail end of 2011 the RSEA were awarded the Institute of Fundraising (Scotland)’s award of Independent Fundraisers of the year. I am delighted to announce that this year our running total has now broken through the £400,000.00 barrier.
In what has been a challenging year, for both the Club and the supporters, we have organised new events, like our recent Bowls Tournament which raised almost £6000, as well as our annual events like our fundraising badge which has brought in over £5000. As Mr Struth famously said “No matter the days of anxiety that come our way, we shall emerge stronger because of the trials to be overcome.’ As long as we have a need for our armed forces, there will be a need for Erskine and with your help the Rangers Supporters Erskine Appeal will be here to raise the vital funds needed to care for those who protect us.
Donate now at www.justgiving.com/rsea-2014