Steele raises money for fallen teammate
New Zealand national futsal player Jono Steele walked for 24 hours straight to help raise money for the family of deceased teammate, Atta Elayyan, who was killed during the Christchurch terrorist attack.
Steele had played alongside goalkeeper Elayyan in the Futsal Whites team and was understandably shocked to learn of his death, along with 49 others, during the March 15 shootings.
In a bid to raise money for Elayyan’s wife Farah and baby daughter Aya, Steele walked for 24 hours straight around the 1.3km military camp where he’s based, stopping only for toilet breaks.
“This is to help build on what the other futsal boys have done, which has been a huge effort and fundraised a bunch of money for his family.
“The other reason why I’m doing this is to show those boys how proud of them I am and do my part for the team,” said Steele on his opening Facebook Live video.
At the time of writing this article, the Givealittle page created by Elayyan’s friends has managed to garner RM514,679.53 in donations.