July 31 2017

Nil by Mouth’s efforts to banish bigotry from society has been boosted thanks to a big-hearted Barrhead radio host with an eye for the form book.

During the 2016/17 football season Robert Burns, who hosts the cult ‘Nugent 4 Nil’ junior football show every Thursday evening on Pulse 98.4, was offered a free weekly junior football bet by ‘McBookie’ with all proceeds going towards charity.

Robert nominated Nil by Mouth, which campaigns against sectarianism in Scottish society, and last week the bookmaker handed over a cheque for £250 representing Robert’s correct predictions over the season.

Robert is very well known in junior football circles and is a regular fixture at Dunterlie Park supporting his beloved Arthurlie. Last November he organised a special football quiz night at Arturlie Inns as part of Nil by Mouth’s ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign which celebrates the positive side of Scottish football featuring author and broadcaster Daniel Gray.

The money will be used to support the charity’s schools programme which seeks to educate pupils on the dangers of sectarianism and provide an opportunity for young people from different  religious and cultural backgrounds to meet.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘Robert has been a great supporter of our work over the years and we were delighted when he nominated us to benefit from his charity bet. His show is essential listening to any fan of the junior game in Scotland and last year he packed out the room when we took the ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ book tour to Barrhead. People like Robert are what makes Scottish football so special and he is greatly appreciated by everyone at Nil by Mouth. We’d like to thank McBookie for the kind donation and for giving Robert the chance to pit his wits against the form book. We are one of several charities to have benefited from their charity bets this year and the money will be used to support our ‘Champions for Change’ schools programme which we delivered to more than 6,500 kids last year across Scotland including here in East Renfrewshire.’

Robert Burns Said:
‘I’ve always felt football is a sport for everyone and I am delighted to be able to support Nil by Mouth’s efforts to create a more positive society. Big thanks have to go to McBookie for giving me the opportunity to raise this money and also for the fantastic support they give to Junior football across Scotland.  Junior football really gets under your skin and you meet so many good people with a deep passion for their clubs.’

Paul Petrie, Director at McBookie.com said:
‘We sponsor all leagues in Junior football so know all about Robert’s popular radio show. What we didn’t know was that he was also a great tipster. Thankfully his winnings will be put to a good use for a hugely worthwhile cause.’