Pte Joseph Ashiteye Hammond, a 95 year old veteran has successfully completed his 14 miles fundraising walk, as part of an effort to raise funds to support frontline workers and vulnerable veterans in Africa.
The walk which commenced on Tuesday the 19th of May 2020 concluded on Monday the 25th of May 2020. Pte Hammond was met by the Military and the Veterans Administration of Ghana at the Independence Square in Accra, Ghana, as he took his final laps. Speaking on the experience, Pte Hammond expressed great gratitude to all donors and supporters adding:
“I embarked on this walk because I was inspired by Sir Colonel Moore. Being a veteran who fought in Burma like he did, I knew that I could do for Africa, what he did for Britain.
And in doing so, contribute a great amount for the frontline workers; doctors, nurses and everyone involved as well as vulnerable veterans across some countries in Africa.. Jesus loves me so much and has crowned our efforts with success, and I thank him and all those involved in this initiative.
I take this opportunity to appeal to all the African presidents, business men/women and everyone to contribute their quota as I believe that little drops of water makes a mighty ocean. Our aim is to completely eradicate COVID-19 from the face of Africa and that requires effort from us all.”
Over the course of the days, Pte Hammond was joined by several dignitaries, influential personalities and celebrities who supported and encouraged the initiative. They included: British High Commissioner to Ghana H.E Iain Walker, CEO of GEPA Dr Afua Asabea Asare, Assistant Defence Advisor Sgt Joel Downham, CEO of Petronia City Nana Kwame Bediako, CEO of Think Mahogany Debra-Jane Nelson, Radio and Media Personality Abeiku Santana, Dr Emmanuel Amankra, Actors Van Vicker, Joselyn Dumas and Prince David Osei, Musician Okyeame Kwame, Executive Director for Emy Africa Awards Kojo Soboh, Dorothy Amuah and Matthew Mensah, a Tourism Ambassador.
In partnership for this initiative are the GUBA Enterprise and Forces Help Africa. Dentaa Amoateng MBE, President of the GUBA Enterprise shared her admiration for Pte Hammond “Private Hammond has made us all very proud with this selfless act. This was no easy feat, but through dedication he has raised a considerable amount which will go a long way to acquire much needed PPEs for the frontline workers within the African commonwealth. As a Lifetime Achievement winner of the GUBA Awards, we are incredibly honoured to have him as a representative of our organisation. Fundraising is still ongoing and I will urge you all to play a part in supporting the cause”, she added.
Founder of the Forces Help Africa also stated “the last seven days has been an incredible journey for Pte Hammond. He has been dedicated and enthusiastic and we could have had no one better to lead this initiative than him. We are extremely pleased with the work done, and the funds raised will go a long way towards the fight to end COVID-19” – Derrick Cobbinah.
Funds currently raised for this initiative stands at £18,000 and will go towards the purchase of PPEs and essentials for frontline workers of the commonwealth countries in Africa. The funds will also be used to provide reprieve for vulnerable veterans.
Fundraising is still ongoing and all are urged to continue showing support though the justgiving platform HERE and also through mobile money number 059 396 3755