The Radio/TV personality, Abeiku Aggrey Santana and his partners have joined World War II (WWII) veteran Joseph Hammond in his walk to raise funds to support Africa’s frontline workers.
The 95-year old WWII veteran Hammond earlier this year was recognized for his efforts both locally and internationally after walking a total of 14 miles during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Abeiku Santana alongside Derrick Cobbinah, Africa’s Project Officer for the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League and CEO of Forces Help Africa and GUBA Foundation joined Hammond on his recent hike.
The 95-year-old Ghanaian World War II veteran walked 3.2 kilometres (2 miles) each day to reach his target on Africa Day in Accra and raised almost £43,000.
After his video went viral a number of corporations and individuals were inspired to join in and support the cause.
The First National Bank’s ASPIRE is one of such organisations that has jumped on board this train and have donated an amount of GHS 12,000 to Private Hammond help reach his target of £500,000.
Speaking to a session of the media, the CEO of the bank, Mr Dominic Adu, said they were proud to be a part of his last walk and to share in his story.
In support of this cause, New Africa Foundation, owned by philanthropist Nana Kwame Bediako, also known as Freedom Jacob Caesar has also donated a fully furnished house to the veteran who has lived nearly all his life in his family house in Accra.
Joseph Hammond was inspired by the story of Captain Tom Moore who became a national hero in the United Kingdom for raising 33 million pounds ($40m) to help NHS before turning 100.
The ex-serviceman thanked his donors and cautioned against selfishness in the Ghanaian populace. He also urged Ghanaians to continue to support the less privileged.
Other veterans worldwide like Russia’s Zinaida Korneva (97) and British’ Dabirul Choudhury (100) who embarked on similar feats have received praise and commendation for a yeoman’s work.
The honorary rank of Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) was recently conferred on the ex-Serviceman for his patriotic exploits and continuous service to the nation.