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General News of Wednesday, 20 May 2020


From WWII to coronavirus war, this 95-yr-old veteran is fighting the pandemic with a charity walk

Private Joseph Hammond, Second World War veteran play videoPrivate Joseph Hammond, Second World War veteran

95-year-old Second World War veteran from Ghana, Private Joseph Hammond has challenged himself to walk two miles a day for a week in aid of a charity close to his heart.

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore who took a similar initiative in the UK, he hopes to raise $600,000 (£500,000) for frontline workers and vulnerable veterans across Africa.

Private Hammond fought with the British army in Burma, in the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force.

From fighting World War to COVID -19 war, he tells GhanaWeb that “I still have the military blood in me which makes me as fit as a fiddle” to embark on the charity walk to defeat the virus.

The funds gained at the end of his one week walk will be committed to securing PPEs for COVID-19 frontline workers and vulnerable veterans in Commonwealth countries. Private Joseph Hammond raised concerns about the need for Africa to support its ex-servicemen.

As at Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the crowdfunding account set up for the charity walk had accrued a little over 1,600 pounds.

The 95-year-old veteran says his sudden rise to fame is beyond belief.

GhanaWeb joined him on the second day of his charity walk from his Osu residence to the Danquah Circle roundabout