Newcastle United fans have launched a fundraising campaign in memory of late Black Stars of Ghana winger Christian Atsu, with the goal of completing the former winger’s plan to build a new school in Ghana, according to myjoyonline.com.
Atsu, 31, was declared dead under the rubble of Turkey and Syria’s devastating earthquake. Tributes have poured in from his former teams.
Newcastle held a minute of silence for Atsu before Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool at St James’ Park.
Talk of Tyneside, a fan organization, has now launched a charity campaign to benefit a cause close to his heart.
Atsu was a representative for the nonprofit organisation Arms Around the Child, with whom he was collaborating to aid in the construction of the new school, which was already in progress.
With more than £600 already raised, Talk of Tyneside is inviting supporters to give to their fundraising in order to assist him continue what he began in his native Ghana.
Talk of Tyneside said: “Christian Atsu was a well-loved figure on Tyneside and this has been highlighted by the scale of tributes paid to him by Newcastle United Football club and its fans.
“Following his passing, we were hoping to find a way to give supporters a way to show appreciation for his service to the club, and raising money for a fantastic charity that he worked with feels like the perfect way to do so.”
Ellie Milner from Arms Around The Child added: “Christian touched the lives of so many with his charity work, we are determined to keep his legacy alive by raising funds to finish the school buildings in Senya Beraku – and support the children he loved so much.”
Atsu’s remains arrived in Ghana on Sunday evening having been confirmed dead on Saturday after 12 days under rubble.