At the end of 2017 Ottio departed the Green Machine to take up a new deal with Widnes Vikings in the English Super League, however, he tragically passed away on January 9, 2018 while training in his homeland of Papua New Guinea.
Ottio had just completed a hugely successful Rugby League World Cup tournament for his beloved PNG Kumuls and had a bright future ahead of him.
The Raiders playing group and club has decided to rally together and help Kato reach his dream of helping to purchase his mum a house back in his beloved PNG.
The Raiders have already thrown their support behind a campaign by the Widnes Vikings, but have decided to appeal directly to their own fanbase to help make Kato’s dream a reality.
The 2018 Raiders playing squad has rallied behind the cause, with Sia Soliola helping to get the support going for the Kato Ottio Memorial fund.
“Kato was one of the most humble and wonderful people you could ever meet and his recent passing has had a huge impact on the club and his former teammates,” Soliola said. “We’ve decided to appeal directly to Raiders fans to help us make Kato’s dream a reality.”
Raiders CEO Don Furner said the Raiders “Kato Ottio Memorial Fund” would be directed towards Kato’s family in PNG and encouraged the Raiders family to support the cause.
“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.”
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