The leadership of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) on Thursday, paid a visit to ailing actor, William Addo, at the Odo Pee Herbal Centre in Mankessim, Central Region, where he is receiving treatment for glaucoma.
The team, led by actress Kalsoume Sinare, presented an undisclosed amount of money for the upkeep of the actor, popularly known as Akpatse.
The gesture followed media reports on the plight of the actor who has been battling with glaucoma for the past five years.
Other members of the team that went to see Mr Addo at Odo Pee Herbal Centre included actors Irene Opare, Ken Fiati and Daniel Delong.
Speaking with the Daily Graphic after the visit, Mr Addo expressed his genuine gratitude to the delegation, saying he would forever be grateful to them.
“They have made me feel very special today, I am so grateful to them for their thoughtfulness and their time as well as their sense of unity, may the good Lord bless us all.
“I have been here for the past two weeks and might probably be here for the next eight months or a year because of the slow nature of the healing process.
“Their support will help take care of my accommodation, feeding and internal transport to and from the herbal centre. The treatment is absolutely free but patients contribute to the upkeep of the place voluntarily,” he stated.
In an interview with Irene Opare, she told the Daily Graphic that the Screen Actors Guild came together to contribute something small for their senior colleague, William Addo.
“ We contributed and got something small for him to enable him to pay for his accommodation, feeding, transport and other little things at the centre where he is receiving treatment.
“We also used the opportunity to visit him and spend quality time with him. He was very happy because as an only child who has no siblings, it always feels so good when others show that they care. I am glad we went to see him. He has faith and believes that he will be well again,” she said.
In November, 2019, Graphic Showbiz carried a story where the veteran actor made a passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other philanthropists to help save his sight.
Akpatse, who was losing his sight at the time, said he needed GH¢40,000 to undergo surgery and further treatment else he risked becoming completely blind.
The 69-year-old actor who is well remembered for his roles in many Ghanaian films, drama on television and theatre performances can no longer move without help.
He made the appeal when Graphic Showbiz visited him at his home at Tefle, near Sogakope, in the Volta Region.