Joelinton auctions off Hawaiian shirts to help Newcastle charity

Newcastle star Joelinton is selling 500 Hawaiian shirts patterned with his face on to raise funds for a local charity. The Brazilian has become a cult hero at St James’ Park this season, and his work off the pitch will only enhance his reputation among supporters.

A group of Magpies supporters went viral last season after deciding to attend a match in shirts emblazoned with the face of their No 7. Other fans soon got in on the act and Hawaiian shirts became a regular feature among the crowd in Tyneside.

And Joelinton is making the shirts even more populous in the name of charity. The 26-year-old has revealed on Instagram that he will be selling 500 of the shirts to raise funds for a Newcastle-based charity.

Those who opt to make the purchase – via an NFT – will then be entering themselves into a draw to win a Joelinton match-worn shirt, with two available.

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Dylan Brett, who was credited with drawing up the initial idea to plaster the face of their much-loved playmaker on shirts, will be involved in selecting which charity proceeds go to, with the project taglined: “From Newcastle, for Newcastle.”

Speaking about the decision to ensure proceeds remain in the local area, Joelinton told Express Sport: “Newcastle is a special place with fantastic and creative fans. The fans show so much passion and love – I’m thankful for that.

“For this reason, Dylan, the fan who started the Hawaii shirts, and I decided to use this to give back to the city. We will donate the earnings of the collection to a local charity chosen by us two.”

Joelinton has enjoyed a remarkable campaign with Newcastle so far this season, scoring six goals and assisting one in 29 appearances to put Eddie Howe’s side on course for a historic top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League.

The former Hoffenheim star has had his career put back on track by being dropped into midfield by his manager, linking up with fellow Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes in the centre of the park.

The duo have been somewhat undroppable for Howe, with investment in the summer not expected to separate the partnership but rather provide an alternative option to complete the midfield trio.

Leicester City star James Maddison has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle when the campaign concludes, with his price tag likely to plummet if the Foxes are relegated to the Championship.

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