Black Stars winger Christian Atsu will be hosting a gala dinner in the English city of Newcastle as part of his ambassadorial duties for Arms Around The Child(AATC),a charity organisation that focuses on the protection of children.
The fundraising event, christened The Black Star Gala, will come off at The Hilton Gateshead in Newcastle on Wednesday, March 14, with BBC News presenter Jane Witherspoon presenting the event.
Operating in India, South Africa and Ghana, Arms Around The Child provides safe loving homes, protection, education and support to children living in extreme adversity.
"This special event will be your opportunity to rub shoulders with footballers and celebrities and support the work of Arms Around The Child by funding the building of a new community school in Senya Beraku for the orphaned children in Ghana facing extreme adversity we support," ATTC said on its official website.
"These children have faced a number of challenges and have been rescued from slavery, trafficking and abandonment because of disabilities. However, this new building will help ensure future opportunities for the children by providing a centre of learning and a long-term resource for the local community – which future generations can use.
"By joining us for this special evening, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, top entertainment, dancing, and a fundraising auction with some incredible items, you’ll be helping this amazing community. Together, with Christian Atsu and the power of football, we’ll be able to leave a lasting legacy!."
The children are orphaned, abused, affected by HIV/AIDS, prey to those out to harm them, trafficked, sold or living in child-headed households.
The Black Star Gala hopes to raise enough funds to build the Central regional town to benefit the orphaned children and their local community.
The event comes with a sumptuous themed dinner evoking the flavours and aromas of Africa,with Live music, performances, DJ's and dancing
“We’re certain that Newcastle’s strong sense of community and generosity will help make this event every bit the success we hope,"Ellie Milner, Arms Around The Child CEO added.
Atsu who also played for Cheetah FC was appointed the global ambassador for Arms Around the Child in 2016, the same year he joined the Magpies on loan from Chelsea.
He was later signed permanently on four-year deal in 2017.
By fiifi Abdul Malik/ghanaguardian.com