The phenomenal response has matched the overwhelming tragedy of a young man, on the verge of living his dream, being taken away from us too soon.
The club in a tribute stated that their “Our priority now turns to how we can celebrate the life of a member of our team, and support his family. Whilst Kato was yet to arrive in our town, he was, and always will be, a Viking”.
As a club, Widnes Vikings have committed to making a private donation to Kato’s family to support them at this difficult time.
Their site read:
“We recognise that many supporters and club partners will also want to support this cause, so we have established a crowd funding page (click here).
“Every penny raised through this platform will be donated to his loved ones. Our sincere thanks are given to everyone who backs this cause.
The team on Friday is scheduled to play a pre-season friendly. At this fixture, there will also be bucket collections.
Kato’s life will be celebrated at this game with a minute’s silence, the first of a series of tributes that the team is planning for their teammate.