Newcastle have some really good characters in the dressing room under our manager Rafa Benitez.
One of them is Ghana winger Christian Atsu who has just received a citation from the Crime Check Foundation (CCF) for his humanitarian efforts back un his home country of Ghana.
Atsu has been giving money to the CCF and has paid for the release of 53 small-time offenders who we not able to pay their court fines and ended up in jail simply because of that.
Atsu has a heart of gold and has been pushing hard this season for a starting position at the club, but he does an awful lot of work for charity in his life.
Great credit goes out to him for his efforts in trying to make a positive difference.
Christian Atsu – has a heart of gold
Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng is the Executive Director of CCF and had this to say in his citation about Atsu:
“This is in honor and acknowledgment of your contributions to the release of fifty-three petty offenders in Ghana’s prisons.”
“You have not only paid court fines of poor and voiceless petty offenders but also advocate reforms in Ghana’s criminal justice system.”
“You have gone a step further to ensure that inmates who are released have financial support to enable them to reintegrate successfully into society.”
“By your commitment to supporting poor and voiceless prisoners and ex-convicts, you have demonstrated to the world, the need to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor through the power of sports.”
This is what Atsu said about the citation and his future efforts:
“There is the need to support them to prevent the situation, where they go back to re-offend society because of poverty,”
Christian thanked the CCF for their work in crime prevention and its support for prisoners in Ghana.
It’s excellent that Newcastle have men like this in their squad and he brings credit to himself and by extension to Newcastle United FC for the good work he does to help others in need.