Mutaro School Fundraising Event
I first heard about this project from my good friend Sophie Barker. It was June 2008 and I had just finished my career in the City and published a book exposing it. I was determined after 12 years of ‘sinning’ as a stockbroker that I now needed to engage in 12 years of ‘repentance’.
The project appealed to me because it seemed like an achievable goal that would have a visible result. “All” we needed to do was raise around £60-80,000 to rebuild a school in Kenya. The project appealed because I am also a big believer in the role of education in relieving the curse of poverty and because it would not simply involve handing cash over to a faceless charity.
In November last year Sophie and I visited the school and I was extremely moved by what I saw. The school was ramshackle yet some of the kids would still walk 3-4 hours a day to just to receive an education.
Sophie and I now plan to begin the process of raising the cash by hosting a charity party/auction at The Tabernacle near Ladbroke Grove on April 23rd. If this is a success, it will be the first of many such schools that we help build.
We can all make a difference and I hope my participation in this scheme helps City boys and ex-City boys alike reach that conclusion.
A short film about Mutaro School. Sung by Sophie.