Supporters of the Newcastle United football club have begun a fundraising effort in memory of Christian Atsu in the hopes of completing the former winger’s ambition to construct a new school in Ghana.
After it was confirmed that the 31-year-old winger for Newcastle and Chelsea had died in the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, tributes poured in from his former clubs.
Newcastle held a minute of silence for Atsu before losing 2-0 to Liverpool on Saturday, and now a fan organization, Talk of Tyneside, has launched a charitable drive to benefit a cause close to his heart.
This new school was being constructed with the assistance of Atsu, an ambassador for the organization Arms Around the Child.
Over £600 has already been donated to Talk of Tyneside’s Ghana relief fund, and the radio show’s hosts are appealing to listeners in Ghana to help finish the job.
“Christian Atsu was a well-loved character in Tyneside, as evidenced by the magnitude of tributes paid to him by Newcastle United Football Club and its supporters,” according to Talk of Tyneside.
“Following his death, we hoped to find a way to show our 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.”
“Christian touched the lives of so many with his charity work, and 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,” Ellie Milner of Arms Around The Child said.