The Parish Priest of Christ the King Parish, Cantonment- Accra, Rev. Fr. Andrew Campbell, SVD, has raised about Gh¢100,000 from the launch of a book that chronicles his life as a priest in the past 50 years.
The amount was realised from the direct sales of the book, ‘’The Priest, Fr. Campbell, A Missionary of Hope’’, when it was launched at the Christ the King Parish Hall, Accra, on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Rev. Fr. Campbell revealed that proceeds from the book sales shall be channelled to the building of a modern laboratory in Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The laboratory will be used to help people with skin diseases in the northern part of Ghana, to undergo medical testing so they could receive appropriate medication. The decision to put up the laboratory was motivated by over 700 cases of leprosy in that part of the country.
Fr. Nii Lantey Campbell, as he is affectionately called in Ghana is an Irish born Ghanaian Priest who has dedicated 50 years of his life as a priest, offering humanitarian services and undertaking many projects in Ghana. He is well known for his association with the neglected and marginalised such as cured lepers, street children, orphans, prostitutes, the sick, poor and the needy. He is also popular for his philanthropic gestures towards people and institutions.
The author of the book, Rev. Fr. Stephen Kofi Sakpaku, explained that he wrote the book to honour God for the gift of Rev. Fr. Campbell and to honour Fr. Campbell for his works. He revealed that the motivation to write the book came to him on 15th December 2019 during a fundraising carol event was held.
He explained that at the event a litany of humanitarian projects embarked on by Fr. Campbell read coupled with a friend’s advice compelled him to consider writing a book to tell the story of the man of God.
He added that in the course of writing the book he interviewed high ranking members of society who spoke immensely about the virtues of the man of God.
The chairman of the event, Mr. Sam Okudzeto, appealed to the general public to support Fr. Campbell to make his quest to build the laboratory a success. He, further, encouraged all to emulate him by putting their gifts to good use.