On Saturday, June 16, former president Kufuor joined thousands of Ghanaians to participate in the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation Health walk Accra.
The health walk dubbed ‘Kufuor Walk’, forms part of activities rolled out by the foundation to raise funds to support his legacy under the John A. Kufuor Foundation.
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.
As early as 5am, a good number of Ghanaians including celebrities and public figures such Prof Kwesi Yankah, Dep. Minister for Education, Tertiary Education, Nathan Kwabena Adisi aka Bola Ray, CEO of both the EIB Network Group, coach of the black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, 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 had gathered at the Aviation Social Centre, Accra, to participate in a health walk.
Former President Kufuor who joined the teeming participants called on all to champion the campaign for development.
“I want us to feel for each other as fellow beings, we should have fellow feeling among ourselves, we are not talking politics, and in any case even if we are talking politics, politics should be about serving people and making life easy better for each and every one of us. Forget about tribe, gender, and religion the central value for us to work for is common humanity. If we do that we are okay,” the former president said.
“The John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation is spreading all over. I’m happy that today I see all of you here joining forces with the foundation to pursue the course of bettering life for people,” Mr. Kufuor said.
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 established in 2009 dedicated to the promotion and sustainability of Ghana and Africa’s development.
As part of efforts to sustain the foundation, an endowment fund was launched to run the foundation’s programmes.
The Endowment fund dubbed “80 for 80” campaign”, which seeks to raise GH¢80 million ($15 million) was launched earlier this year.
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.