As early as 5am on last Saturday morning, a good number of celebrities had gathered at the Aviation Social Centre, Accra, to participate in a health walk which forms part of activities aimed to raise funds for the John Agyekum Kufour(JAK) Foundation.
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The year-long fund raising event, being organised by the JAK Foundation on the theme: “80for80” is to commemorate the former President John Agyekum Kufour’s 80th birthday which falls on December 8, 2018 and also raise GH¢ 80 million for the Foundation’s projects.
The celebs included musicians; Tagoe Sisters, MzVee, Okyeame Kwame, radio and TV personalites; Akumaa Mama Zimbi, KOD, sportsmen; Afriyie Acquah, Ayitey Powers, Stephen Appiah, Kwesi Appiah, actor, Prince David Osei among others.
They were joined by political figures such as Prof Kwesi Yankah, Dep. Minister for Education, Tertiary Education.
Setting off from the Aviation Social Centre at 6 am, they walked through the streets of the Airport Residential Area to the former president’s home near the African Regent Hotel and followed the same route back to the social centre where they were joined by Prez Kufour.
Back at the Centre, participants of the walk were treated to music from Gospel duo, Tagoe Sisters, after which an aerobic session brought the three-hour event to an end.
Speaking in an interview with Graphic Showbiz, musician, Okyeame Kwame said he did not hesitate to join the health walk because he believes in the vision of the former president.
“There was no way I was going to miss this for anything. Whether I was invited or not, I would have still made it here because I always support a good cause. Everyone needs to exercise on a regular basis and I suggest that the former president does this health walk on regularly,” he said.
On his part, actor Prince David said it is a laudable idea for the former president to raise funds towards Africa’s development and he feels proud to be part of it.
He added that he would be glad if all the other ex- presidents of Ghana could emulate former President Kufour’s gesture.
Overwhelmed by the support from the showbiz personalities, footballers, politicians and friends, Prez Kufour thanked everyone for making it to the Aviation Social Centre inspite of their busy schedules.
He disclosed there were a lot of activities lined up towards the fund raising campaign. “We have street jams, football galas and many more activities geared towards raising funds for the project.”
The fund will be used to, among other things, construct the $5M Kufuor Centre for Leadership and Governance at the University of Ghana, Legon and invest in an endowment fund.
The JAK Foundation is an independent and nonprofit institution dedicated to the promotion and sustainability of Ghana and Africa’s development.
It is inspired by former President Kufuor’s passion for practical and sustainable development and aims at advancing effective leadership, good governance and socioeconomic development.