Covid-19: 95-Year-old WWII soldier raises R380k for frontline workers

Covid-19: 95-Year-old WWII soldier raises R380k for frontline workers

- Ex-Private Joseph Ashiteye Hammond, a Ghanaian veteran who fought in World War II has raised GhC 130k (R380 000) to help in the fight against Covid-19

- The amount would be used to support frontline workers and vulnerable veterans in Africa

- The 'old soldier' was able to walk 22km in 7 days to raise the whopping amount

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A 95-year-old World War II (WWII) veteran, Ex-Private Joseph Ashiteye Hammond, has raised GhC 130k (roughly R380 000) to support frontline workers and vulnerable veterans in Africa as his contribution towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Briefly.co.za learned that the funds generated would be used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and essentials for frontline workers of Commonwealth countries of Africa.

It is indicated that a portion of the funds will also be used to support some vulnerable veterans, particularly, in Hammond's home country, Ghana.

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95-year-old Ghanaian WWII old soldier raises GhC 130k to support frontline workers

Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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Starting from his home at Osu, Hammond walked for two miles daily and went through areas such as the Bloombar, Danquah Circle and the Osu Oxford Street, completing 14 miles (22km) in seven days.

The old soldier mentioned that he was inspired by a similar exercise undertaken by a 100-year-old British WWII veteran, Colonel (retd) Tom Moore.

In March, Moore walked laps around his garden to raise funds to support the National Health Service (NHS) in its fight against Covid-19.

It is indicated that some of the biggest contributors to the fund raised by the Ghanaian veteran included soldiers in the British Army.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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