Coronavirus: Ghana war veteran, 95, walks 23km to raise funds

Private Joseph Hammond fought in World War II for Britain, like thousands of Africans [Screegrab/GUBA Foundation]

A 95-YEAR-OLD Ghanaian World War II veteran walked 23 kilometres (14 miles) in one week to raise funds for healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Africa.

Joseph Hammond logged 3.2 kilometres (two miles) each day to reach his target on Africa Day earlier this week in Ghana’s capital, Accra. As of Thursday, he had raised almost $26,000.

Hammond fought the war for Great Britain like thousands of Africans that 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 in a video message on his JustGiving crowdfunding page.

Hammond said his aim was to raise $613,000 to support ‘vulnerable veterans and the front-line workers all involved to kick away Covid-19 from Africa.’

Hammond 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.



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