Achimota School Living Waters Sponsored Health Walk
- Achimota School Achimota College Rd Accra, Greater Accra Region Ghana (map)
The “Living Waters” Sponsored Health Walk | Was the kick off event for the year long celebration of Achimota 90th...and we had great fun.
Alas, it was time for Akora Nation and Achimota School students to walk the health talk. As last minute fund raising purchases of the Achimota 90th Health Walk Edition T-Shirts were wrapping up, first light saw the assembly of an eager Achimotan family ready to embark on the Living Waters Sponsored Health Walk.
The health walk kicked off into full gear, led by the anniversary themed banner - BLACK, WHITE AND HEART...THAT ALL MAY BE ONE.
The task at hand sounded simple enough. Start from the AD Block and walk through the Achimota forest corridor, to the N1 interchange. Continue downwards through Dzorwulu / Abelenkpe to the "Pig Farm" junction...and make your way back.
Not that we were counting, or anyone was asking, but we probably covered an estimated 9 kilometers... :-)
While not on the biblical levels of parting the red sea, the crossing Achimotan family (upwards of 3000 strong), navigated the intersection of the N1 (highway) and Achimota / Dzorwulu interchange under the guidance of both police and medical support...Nope, we didn't think Moses would be available :-)
...it wouldn't be a stretch to say, this is not the first time most of us have crossed this particular N1 interchange, it would also be safe to say most of us haven't crossed on foot.
We soaked in a different crossing perspective, while balancing the somewhat conflicting tasks of not being too disruptive to motor traffic, and yet making motorists aware that Achimota School was turning 90 years.
At this moment, the point of no return had come and gone for most people. It was all forward ever...
This Achimotan family of walkers were made up of people with varied motivations for walking. For some, this would be a walk in the park (well...mostly asphalt and concrete), yet for others, this would be a personal best and the furthest walk distance in recent memory.
Amidst everything else happening on the asphalt road and concrete sidewalks, one thing was certain, the dreams of the founders of Achimota School - Ut Omnes Unum Sint - That All May Be One was very much alive.
Step by step, kilometer after kilometer, all walkers made their way back on the campus of Achimota School.
For the most part the intensity and determination at the beginning of the walk, had given way to relaxed social interactions. Student and Akora conversations were my personal highlight.
Nothing will however top the spontaneous breakout of a party atmosphere that ensued when the student contingent arrived on campus. Clearly Achimota School dining hall food is top notch, because that is where everyone was headed.