“Walk with Lexis” is in its third year and takes place four times a year.
One Saturday every quarter of the year, Joy FM media personality and host of Drive Time, Lexis Bill, rises before the sun does – at 4am – for one cause: to save lives.
Last Saturday was no different. Alongside hundreds of others, Lexis trekked up Aburi Mountain to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease, an illness claiming the lives of over 17 million people every year. If the walk itself wasn’t enough, several booths were set up to provide free medical screenings for participants. Aerobic classes and health seminars were available as well.
“Most people live sedentary lives, so I want to encourage them to inculcate a fitness lifestyle,” said Lexis. “The walk is to get Ghanaians to live healthier lives and prevent cardiovascular diseases.”
“Walk with Lexis,” is a campaign spearheaded by the host himself, who coordinated the event to mark World Heart Day, which fell on the same day the walk did – 29th September.
In Ghana, CVD numbers are harrowing. In 2008, the World Health Organization found that the disease is the “most prevalent contributor to mortality in Ghana,” and the number of those deaths is steadily increasing by the year.
Alarmed by the numbers, Lexis launched “Walk with Lexis” in 2015, and has held the event ever since. Last month, the campaign won Ghana’s Corporate Social Responsibility award for its philanthropic and accountability efforts.
Dozens of public figures including Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu and Ghana’s godfather of stand-up comedy, Kwaku Sintim-Misa, are former participants of the walk.
“Walk with Lexis” partners include: Lipton, Awake, Meannan Foods, Yah! and Evonet.