By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – Kato Ottio/Facebook
The Canberra Raiders are doing their bit to help the late Kato Ottio achieve his dream of helping to buy his mum a house in Papua New Guinea.
While the green machine’s already thrown their support behind the Widnes Vikings campaign, they’ve decided to appeal to their own fanbase, by setting up a Memorial Fund.
It’s after the 23-year-old passed away following a “sudden health issue” in training earlier this month.
Ottio was due to travel to the UK that week to fulfil his dream of playing first grade rugby with the Widnes Vikings.
His passing devastated his family, friends and the rugby community.
But his fellow players have been rallying together to make sure his dreams are made into a reality, with Sia Soliola helping to get support going for the Kato Ottio Memorial Fund.
Raiders CEO Don Furner said the Fund would be directed towards Kato’s family in PNG.
“Kato’s passing was a tragic way to end the life of a young man with a huge future,” Furner said.
“The Raiders family is appealing for your support to assist in raising money to support his family.”
So far, the GoFundMe account has raised around $2,800, with a $40,000 target.
You can show your support and donate to the Memorial Fund by clicking here.