May 25, 2020

Dr Afua Asabea Asare – CEO, Ghana Export Promotion Authority walks with Joseph Hammond, 95yr old War Veteran to raise funds to tackle Covid-19 in Africa

The CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, has chosen to walk with World War II veteran Pte. Joseph Ashiteye Hammond to promote his efforts to raise funds towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in affected Commonwealth countries in Africa.  This he aims to achieve by embarking on a 14 mile walk over a 7-day period.

Pte. Joseph Hammond, was inspired by the British war veteran Captain Tom Moore, who raised over £32 million  to support healthcare workers by walking laps within his garden.

The funds realized by Pte. Hammond would be used to secure PPEs for frontline workers in the healthcare sector and to support vulnerable veterans in affected African Commonwealth countries.

He commenced the 7 day walk on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00am with a two mile walk (3.2kilometers) and will replicate it throughout the period ending on 25th May 2020. His 2-mile walk begins from his residence at Osu through principal routes within the community and back to his residence.

Each day, different high-profile individuals have walked by his side to support him, and Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, CEO of GEPA who opted to support this cause, walks with him on Saturday 23rd May 2020. Her main inspiration to support #WalkWithHammond is because she believes that as a people, we are in this “war” together. She recounts the misfortunes of a number of Ghanaian export businesses now in distress due to the impact of Covid19. Joining Pte Hammond’s walk for a worthy cause is the least GEPA can do to fight this global menace so that we can go back to living our lives and getting exports back on its feet.

The walk has been organized by Forces Help Africa and GUBA Foundation with support from the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League and Veterans Administration, Ghana. Pte Hammond aims to raise £500,000 with his walk.

About GEPA – The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) develops and promotes exports of Ghanaian entrepreneurs. The award-winning agency works with local and international partners to link exporters to buyers through training, market research, trade fairs and personal advisory services.

As an agency of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, it brings the concerns of businesses to policymakers, and brings the stories of entrepreneurs to a wider public. GEPA’s focus is to diversify Ghana’s traditional exports into sectors such as agribusiness, industrial arts and crafts, professional services and processed products.

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