Alem Mumuni, Africa’s number one C2 Paracyclist, has received Rotary Club’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) Award, bringing him into the Hall of Fame with some great personalities in the world.
The award, conferred on him at an impressive ceremony at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, was in recognition of his sterling contribution to Rotary Club’s efforts at eradicating polio from the world.
The citation that came with the award stated that Alem Mumuni, “As a polio survivor, mentor, Paralympic athlete and polio goodwill ambassador, you have inspired many by your example, in discovering your strengths at the very place where many would have seen weaknesses”.
Alem Mumuni, President/Founder of Alem Foundation, received this year’s award with three other personalities, including Dr. Francis Nkrumah, first son of Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
He joins previous recipients of PHF awards that include Mother Theresa of Calcutta, India, Nelson Mandela and Rev Desmond Tutu of South Africa, former US President Jimmy Carter, ex-Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Astronaut James Lovell, ex-UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine.
In an interview, an elated Alem Mumuni thanked Rotary Ghana and Rotary International and all Rotarians for the recognition, support and the efforts at eradicating polio from the world.
“I am most grateful to Rotary Club for the recognition they have given me and their efforts at eradicating a disease that has caused a lot of havoc to several persons across the world,” he said.
He also thanked members of the Alem Foundation, especially Alexandra Maine and family, Alistair Lamond and family, Ghana Cycling Federation, the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD), Issah Yahaya, his family, sponsors, friends, loved ones and fans across the globe for their roles in making him who he is today.
He expressed his readiness to continually work with the club to make polio history in Ghana and beyond.
Alem Mumuni recently rode with one leg from Accra, through Koforidua to Kumasi as part of his awareness-creation efforts on polio, calling on all and sundry to support the fight against polio.