Covid-19: 95-year old Ghana war veteran walks 23km to raise funds


Ghanaian World War II veteran, Joseph Hammond, walked 23 kilometres; 14 miles in one week to raise funds for healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Africa.

The 95-year old veteran Joseph logged 3.2 kilometres; two miles each day to reach his target on Monday, May 25, (Africa Day 2020) in the capital city of Ghana, Accra.

The veteran aimed at raising 500,000 pounds ($613,000) to support “vulnerable veterans and the front-line workers all involved to kick out Covid-19 in Africa”

He has currently raised almost $26,000.

Hammond fought the war for Great Britain like thousands of Africans who came under colonial rule at the time.

“I fought in the war which ended 75 years ago. Now we are faced with another invisible war – Covid-19,” Hammond said.

UK’s national hero
He said he was inspired by Captain Tom Moore, who became a national hero in the United Kingdom after raising 33 million pounds ($40m) to help the country’s National Health Service by walking 100 laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden before he turned 100.

In Russia, Zinaida Korneva, a 97-year-old WWII veteran, is recounting her war stories on social media to raise money for the families of doctors who died of coronavirus.

In the UK, 100-year-old Dabirul Choudhury walked laps of his community garden while fasting for the holy month of Ramadan to raise money for COVID-19 victims.

Coronavirus update
Reports say the coronavirus pandemic has reached every nation on the African continent of 1.2 billion people.

According to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 124,000 confirmed cases have been recorded, including at least 3,696deaths and nearly 51,000 recoveries.

The World Health Organization has called for vigilance, warning that COVID-19 could kill up to 190,000 people in Africa and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if containment measures fail.


Olawunmi Sadiq