His Royal Highness Prince Harry has sent a letter of endorsement to Private (Pte) Hammond for his selfless fundraising effort towards COVID-19.
95 year old veteran Pte Joseph Ashiteye Hammond successfully completed a 14 mile fundraising walk, to raise funds to support frontline workers and vulnerable veterans in Africa.
In his letter, Prince Harry referred to Pte Hammond as ‘admirable, selfless’ and a fine example to all. He also referenced how much of an honour it was for him and Meghan, to have met Pte Hammond at the ‘Field of Remembrance’ event in London (2019).
Responding to the letter, Pte Hammond expressed great joy saying
“This is such a wonderful surprise. It is absolutely marvellous and I am so overwhelmed to receive this message from such an honourable man. To me, a good name is better than riches because of the posterity you leave behind. I will hold this in my heart forever and I will like to thank Prince Harry for this amazing gift.”
In addition to this honour from Prince Harry, Pte Hammond was also given the opportunity to meet former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings. In the meeting, H.E Rawlings pledged financially towards the cause and urged other former presidents and institutions to also support this noble cause.
Funds currently raised stands at £28,000 and will be used to purchase PPEs and essentials for healthcare workers, as well as help vulnerable veterans.
The initiative is supported by the GUBA Enterprise and Forces Help Africa.
About GUBA Enterprise
GUBA Enterprise is a social enterprise organisation dedicated to the advancement of diaspora Africans and Africans back home through various socio-economic programs and initiatives. The organisation currently has various brand activities namely GUBA Awards, GUBA Foundation, GUBA Expo, GUBA Careers, GUBA Diaspora Card, GUBA Tours, and GUBA Talks.
Our goal is to provide an engaging network for promoting greater cultural diversity globally, as well as raising the profile of the African continent. GUBA Enterprise supports and engages the African diaspora and aids in attracting investments into the African continent.
About Forces Help Africa
We are a support to all pre-independence veterans who served the crown or under the British command within all the commonwealth countries in Africa before their country gained independence who have become sick injured or fallen on hard times as a result of serving their country, and Ex-British African soldiers who are looking at relocating back home to the various African countries within the commonwealth.