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It's fair to say that one of the driving forces in my life is the desire to help others in need. I believe that it is our duty as citizens of this planet, to do what we can to help our species move forward in these interesting times. Right now there are over three billion people on the planet who live on less than $2.50 a day (source: World Bank Development Indicators). This is unacceptable when the fact of the matter is, if you took all the wealth in the world and redistributed it equally, everyone would be a millionaire.
My own journey as an entrepreneur has taught me a lot about how to run a business, and the skills and lessons learned can be applied to many different situations. As such I've had the pleasure to get involved with various organisations and their causes.
These are organisations I support and a little information about them:
The Prince's Trust
It's my priviledge to assist with The Prince's Trust in their mission to help and inspire the youth of Great Britain. As a way of getting to know about the Trust and what they do, I work as a Business Mentor for graduates of their Enterprise Programme.
The Enterprise Programme helps people to explore and test their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative goals in education, training or work.
Please visit www.princes-trust.org.uk to find out more about The Prince's Trust.
Peace One Day
I first encountered this organisation when I was attending an event called 'The Power of Influence'. This was an event where various entrepreneurs spoke about how to create influence, amongst them Simon Woodroffe and Sam Roddick. It was however Jeremy Gilley who stole the show because his story of how he managed to use influence to create a UN recognised Global Day of Peace, that really showed me what one man can achieve.
Back in 1999, Jeremy had the idea to establish the first even annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date. Amazingly within the first 2 years, he managed to get all 192 member states of the United Nations to unanimously adopt September 21 as the UN International Day of Peace.
His mission now is to introduce Peace Day to 3 billion people by 2012, and to do it, he needs all our support no matter what background you come from. Check out this video about the movement.
When you read about his story of what was achieved during Peace Day in the previous years, and what he is hoping to achieve for the world by 2012, you can't help but realise that this movement is something profound that will change this world forever.
Inspired, I wanted to do what I can to help him achieve his mission, so I became a Patron of the Peace One Day movement. I encourage you all to take a look at the website www.peaceoneday.org and lend your support in whatever capacity you can.
Whilst I'm not yet in a position to donate millions to charity, what I can do is support as much as possible and my other great passion is to rid the world of poverty. In this I support Action Aid for their incredible initiatives all around the world to help those in greatest need, the children of poverty.
The children of this planet are our future, and it is our moral duty to protect, nurture and educate them. Every day, 22,000 (source: UNICEF) children die due to poverty.
One of the most successful and easy to subscribe to initiatives is the Sponsor A Child effort which Action Aid run. By becoming a sponsor, you are bringing positive change to children around the world, giving hope to thousands to help them live a life worth living. I'm an active sponsor for this program, and I deeply encourage you to also do what you can to sponsor a child today.
Visit www.actionaid.org.uk for more information.