Calling All Angels Foundation
Several years ago, I lived in the UK and ran my own company. After taking part in a major fundraising event called “Enduro India” in 2004, I was strongly motivated by the idea that one day, once the business was financially stable and could operate without me being there all the time, I would be able to travel for a few months and dedicate myself to voluntary work or fundraising in parts of the world where help like that was most needed. Of course, with the usual pressures of daily life, that day never really came and the idea remained somewhat of a fantasy, until I sold the company in 2008 which liberated me completely.
“Since its launch, my Calling All Angels Foundation has received over $50,000 from people all over the world”
I had already started exploring the world by then and had identified several inspiring individuals and organisations where it seemed obvious that they could do so much more of their great work if they had more financial support. So I talked to some friends who said they would be happy to donate money to some of these causes if I organised everything and made sure that all of the money ended up directly in these people’s hands. And so in July 2009, the Calling All Angels Foundation was born. Since then, new clothes, equipment and building repairs have been provided for orphaned children at the Namaste Community Foundation in Pokhara, Nepal. The construction of a new elephant shelter has been funded at the Elephant Nature Park, in Chiang Dao, northern Thailand. And a significant donation has been made to the World Cancer Research Fund.
Above: Me addressing a group during a fundraising event in Chiangmai (centre). All of the money raised has been given to good causes, including the Namaste Community Foundation (left) and World Cancer Research, in honour of my friend Jelly Blount (right) who died in 2009