- One former World War II veteran, Tom Moore, proved that you can never be too old to do anything and he got well rewarded for it
- Tom Moore pledged to walk 100 laps around his garden to raise funds for healthcare workers
- Moore ended up raising nearly R700 million (N16,281,108,937.50) and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts
Queen Elizabeth II knighted 100-year-old World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, who became a national celebrity by raising millions for the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS).
The new Sir Tom Moore was knighted in an outdoor ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday, July 17.
Moore pledged to walk 100 laps around his garden to raise funds for healthcare workers. Moore raised almost £33 million (around N16,281,108,937.50) by walking laps of his backyard.
He received a knighthood after a special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In her first official engagement in person since the lockdown, Queen Elizabeth II emerged in the grounds of Windsor Castle for the “unique ceremony”.
Her arrival was announced by the sound of bagpipes played by the Queen’s Piper, Pipe Major Richard Grisdale of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
She knighted Moore with her father's sword and praised him for his fundraising efforts, saying, according to the PA Media news agency:
"Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised."
Moore, who rose to the rank of captain during his military career, was recently promoted to honorary colonel in recognition of his efforts.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Tom earned the World Guinness Records for the fundraising effort to battle the pandemic.
In other news, Evangelist Adekunbi Akin-Taylor, the owner of Charlie Marie Group of Schools, Likosi in Sagamu, Ogun state, lightened the burden of many parents.
The proprietor gave out palliatives to 27 of her workers and 100 parents whose children are her students, she said in an interview.
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She said that some of her students come to school really hungry and giving out the relief materials was her own way of contributing to their parents' welfare in this trying time.
It should be noted that each package contained rice, beans, indomie, oil, salt, biscuit, sweet, and garri.
She said she paid her workers full salary in March and 60% and 70% in April and May respectively.
Olajumoke Amos, a parent, thanked the proprietor for taking care of their needs, saying that despite the fact the woman is not in the country, she still extended her love to them.
Akin-Taylor has not been able to take her school’s learning online because she said parents cannot afford it.
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