Newcastle supporters have launched a fundraising in memory of the late Christian Atsu, with the goal of completing the former winger’s plan to construct a new school in Ghana.
The 31-year-old former winger for the Newcastle and Chelsea was declared dead under the wreckage of the horrific earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria. Tributes from his former teams have been flooding in.
Before their 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday at a heated St James’ Park, Newcastle conducted a minute of silence for Atsu. Now, fan organization Talk of Tyneside has launched a charity campaign to support a cause dear to his heart.
In order to assist with the construction of the new school, which was already under way, Atsu served as an ambassador for the nonprofit organization Arms Around the Child.
With more than £600 already received, Talk of Tyneside is requesting support from fans to help him finish the project he began in his native Ghana.
Christian Atsu was a beloved character in Tyneside, as evidenced by the number of tributes Newcastle United Football Club and its supporters have given to him, according to Talk of Tyneside.
‘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 had been missing for 12 days before he was confirmed dead by his agent Murat Uzunmehmet.
Following the earthquake in Turkey, Ghanaian foreigner Christian Atsu was discovered dead after being buried in the debris for days.
The 31-year-old football player is survived by his wife Marie-Claire Rupio and their two children.
The tragic news of Atsu’s passing was announced on Twitter by his agent Nana Sechere on Saturday morning.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning,” his agent posted on his Twitter page.
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Following a catastrophic earthquake that shook various regions of Turkey over a week ago, the player was buried beneath the debris.