PASS IT ON AFRICA // Dedication to Education / Registered charity 1112250

Pass It On Africa (PIOA) has been a huge part of my life for the last 10 years. Shortly after I graduated from university, my best friend and I decided we wanted to set up a charity to help support education in Africa. Our motivation came from a trip to the Nairobi slums in Kenya and in particular our encounter with the Tenderfoot self help school. Our original goal was to run a marathon to help buy all of the schools students a pair of shoes. Due to the terrible conditions in the Westlands area, many children were getting infections though cuts on their feet. We soon discovered that the school desperately needed to build a 6 classroom block to meet the demands of the communites children, a third of whom were orphans, who wanted to go to school. 


Fast forward a decade and our ambition has expanded into supporting and completing 3 school build projects in Kenya, Ghana and the Gambia respectively and the team has now grown into a core of half a dozen dedicated volunteers who all share our passion. Today we are very proud of the fact that we have helped provide the opportunity for over 8,000 African children to receive a primary education.


HEROES RUN // Spandex always saves the day...

Running a marahton in 2004 (dressed as Batman and Robin, of course) inspired us to create our own Superhero themed Brighton fun run, the HEROES RUN TM. The event is now a Brighton institution and see's 1000's of men women and children dresed as their hero run our 5km or 10km course every May on the seafront. Not only has the HEROES RUN TM helped Pass It On Africa raise over £500,000 but 25 other charities have also benefittied from the race, helping them to collectively total over £150,000 in fundraising. FIND OUT MORE...


MY WORK // PIOA's influence...

I am so fortunate to have this experience. PIOA has helped me understand my position in the world, not only as a human being but also as an artist. Having graduated from a illustration degree in 2003 I always considered myself a draftsman but not really an "ideas man". Running a charity (and all the stress that goes with it) in my spare time, visiting 3 beautiful African countires and creating fundraising campaigns in the process has given me something to say. I am fascinated by the enduring allure of consumerism. Religion, democracy, communism and even fascism have shaped the global landscape but only consumerism has achieved utter supremacy. Its total appeal robs us all of our common sense, believing that the more we consume, the better our lives will be. The truth of course is that we can never have enough.

Creating a charity from scratch has provided an ideal platform to develop my design skills and now a lot of my work comes through my connection with the HEROES RUN and PIOA. It is true that if you do something you love, for long enough, eventually you will find people willing to pay you to do it. Untl then, buckle up and enjoy the ride!


PORTRAITS INSPIRED BY MY VISITS TO OUR SCHOOLS // Oil on canvas