Rafa Benitez wants Newcastle United to be what brings the City of Newcastle together and he is very keen on the club supporting various charities via the Newcastle United Foundation.
A couple of days ago Ayoze Perez was announced as the Newcastle United Foundation’s Ambassador.
It’s terrific when the players take up these types of position where they can really make a difference to other people.
And it seems that Christian Atsu – who had another very good game for us on Tuesday night and hit the woodwork twice – is also supporting various charities.
Christian Atsu at the Newcastle United Foundation’s half-term soccer school
The Ghanaian International was recently appointed as the Global Ambassador of the children’s charity, Arms Around A Child.
The charity provides homes, education, health care, protection, love and respect for orphans who have often been rescued from trafficking, slavery and abuse in Africa.
Christian attended the Newcastle United Foundation’s half term soccer school yesterday as part of his global charity role.
At the meeting Christian gratefully accepted a donation of Newcastle kits for a Ghanaian orphanage.
This is what Christian said at the event:
“I really enjoyed working with the Newcastle United Foundation and telling the children on their soccer school about the charity I support in Ghana.
“I was incredibly grateful to receive their donation for the children in the Orphanage – I wasn’t expecting that and I know how much it will be appreciated when I take it over.
“Meeting the orphans whose lives have been transformed through Arms Around The Child’s support and hearing the sad stories full of abandonment and sorrow.”
“Then to see how they have adapted and grown together as one big happy family, is inspirational.
“It’s clear that many children are suffering, I shall do my best to support Arms Around The Child and some of these children in my homeland and beyond.”
“Investing time, talent and resources results in happier and healthier lives.”
“In Sub Sahara Africa there are more than 48 million orphans and on World Orphan Day it is important to raise awareness of what is needed to help those children.”
“It will show those who do donate what an amazing difference their support can make.”
World Orphan Day is on November 14th.
Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation said this about Christian:
“It is brilliant that Christian took time out to meet our Soccer School participants and to tell the about Arms Around the Child.”
“The players are huge supporters of the work we do in our local community, and we’re proud to be able to support Christian in donating some playing kit for the children at the orphanage in Ghana.”
It’s players like Ayoze and Christian who do great work off the pitch and it reflects so well on them as individuals and also on the Newcastle United Football Club.
They have hearts of gold to do this work.
Christian’s visit has been covered in the Ghana press and he and Newcastle United are being given great credit for the donation of the strips.
Ayoze Perez Newcastle United Foundation Ambassador
And Ayoze will soon become very act in his new role as the Ambassador for the Newcastle United Foundation.
This is exactly what Rafa wants Newcastle United and his players to be doing.
Note to Rafa – sign Christian up full time as soon as possible.