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need to serve
Serving the community was a big part of my family as I was growing up. Dad was a member of Apex, which is a young men’s service association. Aside from work and some sport, this was the other big thing in his life.
Mum has always had a strong social view too, interpreting for refugees for decades and recycling well before it was standard practice.
In the context of watching my old man be a “slave to the man” I saw the holistic picture of their lives as an opportunity to elevate into a life where serving moved from a tradition to being the focus.
I am fuelled by the concept that finances are the backbone that enables you to pursue the vision of what is possible for the wider community.
Ygap are a group of younger people who put their desire to see the world become a better place ahead of their own careers and wants. This young not-for-profit educates on social matters and raises money to support targeted organisations involved in enacting positive advances in education. The essential nature of ygap is to create awareness and change around the inequity of cultures and countries.
“we focus on early stage ventures that exist to improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes”
I had a personal introduction to ygap through Elliot Costello, a founding member and the CEO. I was immediately impressed by the focus of the ygap community and that genuine transformation of communities through enterprise.
This concept of working within the community as they see the needs that arise is very progressive in my mind and resonates powerfully. It leverages the creativity of entrepreneurs to transform communities from the grass roots and creates new career pathways for people with ideas and dreams. I’m now exploring how I can become more involved and become a bigger supporter.
I absolutely welcome discussion from anyone who wants to know more on +61 414 866 557
Initially I supported ygap as part of the 5c campaign, involving my children and the football club. The concept is that by keeping even 5c and giving a donation of even $5 you can change lives.
As a result of my ongoing support I was invited to join the Impact Tour and saw the results of ygap’s support first hand in May 2017 in South Africa. I spent time in the schools and with the people creating dramatic change in an environment where communities live with few resources and opportunities.
I saw how you positively affect the health and well-being of children through early childhood development enterprises and the direct flow on effect of that support.
By educating the next generation of leaders and giving hope and capability to them, as these children grow up they are enabled to create more productive, cleaner, healthier futures.
I saw an ex criminal explain how there is a correlation between successful criminals and entrepreneurship - I’d love to explain more to you over a coffee.
The reality is that crime is one of the most viable options and with social enterprises these people are being given wholesome opportunities that will take them in new directions where success doesn’t have the same pitfalls.
In many countries such as South Africa a second strong theme is a very high rate of child and woman abuse. A number of the entrepreneurs being supported are women and some are the most abused and disenfranchised members of their community
When Elliot returned from Cambodia he told me a story about the fear of women and children that blew me away and I had to support the polished man campaign, becoming a member and significant donator. It was compelling to me, the story was a personal one of experience and I felt no doubt in the need to support it.
Growing up I was bullied and bullied others, so what resonated for me was that it was people who are like me in a general way who are responsible. In standing for this cause, as a stereotypical man in many ways, I’m determined to create an archetype that is more powerfully balanced.
I came from a position of cluelessness for feminine energy; stepping into this space and seeing the response has helped me be more vulnerable, more real. In wearing polish every day I am offering the opportunity for conversation and I now challenge myself:
This creates growth and change in my own world. It also challenges women to say ‘I prefer a polished man’, which I think is a brilliant campaign. As a father with children and a daughter to have this awareness of how others are abusing children around the world is shocking.
I was one of the highest fundraisers in the first couple of years. I brought my business thinking to the campaign, my own material and gave significant contributions. I was compelled to do something about it and continue to be compelled.
If you are able to contribute, I would love to hear from you directly about any way in which we can progress such causes together.