The founder of Lepers Aid Committee(LAC) and the former Parish Priest of Christ the King Catholic Church, Accra, Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, SVD, has launched the Father Andrew Campbell SVD foundation at the Christ the King parish in Cantonment on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
The launch of the foundation was attended by the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Chief Imam of Ghana, Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu, the CEO of Ghana Cocoa Board, Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, among other dignitaries, was to help among other things, manage and improve social interventions, particularly on leprosy, rural development, child health, and streetism.
Commending the initiative, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia remarked that for over 50 years, Father Campbell, since his arrival in Ghana has touched many lives with outstanding humanitarian works. Encouraging Ghanaians to emulate Father Campbell’s good deeds, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia reiterated the need to extend help to people “we find in difficult situations, in any way possible “.
Remembering the genesis of the idea to set up a foundation, Father Campbell in his speech, spoke about his dream to have a foundation some years back; and the dream came into reality a year after he retired from active priestly duties. Father Campbell added that, when he moved in residence to the Weija Leprosarium full time after his retirement, he spends full time taking care of the poor.
“Today is like a dream come true. I dreamt of starting a foundation many years ago, and today, that dream has come true. About a year ago, I retired from active priestly duties when I moved to Weija, and given my full time taking care of the poor” he narrated.
Father Campbell further disclosed that he and his team have a lot of plans, especially for the core areas the foundation will be taking care of, and thus appealed to everyone to support he and his staff to make this a reality.
Father Campbell also expressed appreciation to Dr. Bawumia and all those who have aided him with sustained support for Father Campbell’s initiative.
Other dignitaries present at the launch include the former Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood, the former Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Sam Okudzeto, a Member of Council of State, Ghana and other dignitaries
Also present was the Provincial Superior of the SVD, Ghana, and Liberia, Very Rev. Fr. Cyprian Kuupol, SVD; Very Rev. Fr. John Louis, Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, and a host of Catholic Priests, Reverend Sisters, and Brothers.
Story: Radio Angelus News