Name: Gabriel Johns-Main
Location: London, United Kingdom
Role: Political Affairs Team Member
Fundraising Goal: £400
How did you get interested in global issues?
When I was 17, I took part in a programme in South Africa at the African Leadership Academy. As part of this programme, I met people from around the world and got to hear their stories. I discovered the diversity of experience that existed among them, and got to hear their perspective on what could be done to improve the world. I also got to visit Soweto – a deprived area of Johannesburg – and saw first hand the poverty some people are forced to live in. However, while working with a local AIDs charity called Grassroot Soccer I also got to see the good that committed people could do. Through this trip, I saw how much people from around the world have in common and how connected we all are. I saw the injustice that many of us face, but also the power that we have to make a difference. This power is something I want to utilise.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I am volunteering my time to help the world’s poor because I believe it is the right thing to do. Even if we only help in a small way, we have the potential to make the lives of others better. If my time can go towards making a little bit of a difference then it will be time well spent.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I have two mums and was conceived using a sperm donor which means that I have ten half siblings – one of which is my full sister and three more of whom I’ve met. I am a film lover and a huge Arsenal fan which is causing me equal parts stress and joy!
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