Entertainment of Thu, 31 Mar 20166
Morning Starr rescues cataract-stricken actor William Addo
Listeners of Starr FM’s flagship programme Morning Starr have mobilized over Gh¢5,000 within 30 minutes for veteran actor William Addo to undergo an eye surgery.
Addo, who was in desperate need of the whopping sum to rescue his ailing sight, resorted to the media to solicit for funds.
His touching story came up during the newspaper review segment of the Morning Starr which instantly moved a group called the Great Democrats to call into the show to salvage the situation.
Their representative Ferguson within an hour drove to Starr FM on Thursday to make a cash donation of Gh¢5000. They also donated three cartons of Milo and five cartons of milk to Mr. Addo.
Other listeners inundated the phone lines of Starr FM afterwards with pledges and made cash donations via mobile money.
“I have to do a surgery on my eye,” Addo narrated. “My vision is very blur. Doctors diagnosed that it is a combination of glaucoma and cataract and I need to be operated upon otherwise it’s going to cause a fracture.”
Addo, who is popularly called 'Akpats3' to wit 'Con Man' based on the roles he played in various movies, was grateful to Starr FM and its listeners for coming to his aid.
The host of the Morning Starr Nii Arday Clegg and his co-newspaper review presenters Kwame Danso Acheampong and Nana Aba Anamoah also pledged to support the surgery. The CEO of EIB Network – owners of Starr FM - Kwabena Anokyi Adisi aka Bola Ray – has also pledged an undisclosed amount.
Addo, before appearing in a number of Ghanaian movies, was a stage actor. He studied at the University of Ghana’s School of Performing Arts and was retained as a teaching assistant at the school after he graduated.
He later had a scholarship to do his Masters abroad and came back as a lecturer in charge of acting at the institution. After some time, he was sent to the National Theatre, where he was in charge of concert party productions.