Sport: Thousands raised for Kato Ottio Trust Fund

12:18 pm on 13 February 2018

More than US$6,000 has been raised for the Kato Ottio Trust Fund in the month since the death of the Papua New Guinea rugby league international.

The 23-year-old Kumuls star died in a Port Moresby hospital in January after collapsing at a training session.

Kato Ottio represented PNG in Rugby League and Volleyball

Kato Ottio represented PNG in Rugby League and Volleyball Photo: RNZ Pacific / Melvin Levongo

PPG Rugby League Chair Sands Stake says as of Friday 20,225.24 Ina, or close to US$6300, had been deposited in the account.

"Contributions ranging from K5 to K100 have been deposited into the account and we are more than grateful for your kind hearts and generosity," he said.

Kato Ottio is tackled during the England v PNG 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final

Kato Ottio is tackled during the England v PNG 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final Photo: Photosport / Brendon Ratnayake

The Trust Fund was set up to fulfill Kato Ottio's dream of building a house for his mum and the closing date has been extended to the end of next week.

"The total amount will be disclosed and the cheque handed over to late Kato's family during the half time break of the pre-season trial match between the SP Hunters and Brisbane Broncos on Saturday February 24, 2018," Tsaka said.

Mr Tsaka added that buckets will be placed at the gates for those wishing to donate on game day as they enter.

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