I wanted to set up a different type of organisation, one that wasn’t big and faceless like the major charities.
I decided to start my own organisation that was inclusive and positive, and gave young people a platform to get involved and make a difference.
So with a group of energetic, passionate and likeminded people: with my brother, Calvin James, the auctioneer George Gerard Mealy, the artist David Uda, comms expert Annmarie Brennan and the club promoter Conor Feeney, we began to plan just such an organisation.
I also met Kati Richter – a young German Child Psychologist who had been living in Varanasi, India for seven years, and who was living with, caring for and teaching children whose families lived on the streets. Her incredible work was an inspiration, and SCOOP began working with her almost immediately.
Fast forward another two years or so and enter Lisa Rennie – a young Australian Development Studies graduate who worked in Cambodia with the UN. While in Cambodia she came across the SCAO – SCOOP’s partner organisation in Cambodia – run by the same family I met on my first trip in 2008. And so SCOOP Australia was born.
I guess we are nowhere near the end of the SCOOP Story. Why don’t you get involved and see how far we can go together…