Wednesday18th April 2012, Goodge Street, London.
I said goodbye to Joe and headed for the next pub. I was a little drunk and starting to feel overwhelmed. There is so much emotion wrapped up in each encounter and I was worried that I wasn't taking enough time to properly digest all the information from the Lucky People. Had I 'chosen' them for the right reasons? Had they fully understood the concept of Wearelucky? Oh well, time for another pint and to plan my next move.
This time I didn't even make it to the bar before I was accosted by Katherine.
"Are you Wearelucky?"
Katherine had been trailing me for a while. She's watched me take pictures of Joe and followed me into the pub. She had a great story too, having just given up her day job to found and incredible sounding charity. I'm constantly amazed by the effort and commitment that people are prepared to devote to something they feel passionate about. And that's why I feel Wearelucky can be such a good thing. It's the vision and positive energy provided by the Lucky People that makes the money work in ways that I'd never have dreamt up.
This was a brilliant encounter and I know the money is in good hands. I passed Katherine the envelope and we celebrated with another beer. It was pissing down outside but I think we got some OK photos before I wandered off towards another boozer, another pint and the next Lucky Person.
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
The money will go towards a new kind of charity I founded - Mumaso Africa (mumasoafrica.wordpress.com). The aim of the organisation is to enable communities in Uganda to be independent from aid. I think it is important to promote investment in communities on an equal footing, rather than perpetuating dependency.
2. What does 'good' mean to you?
Making a lasting difference to someone's life, everyone should hope to do it at least once.
3. Do you feel lucky or responsible?
4. Do you feel that being involved is important to the giving process?
Yes. Mumaso Africa is trying to redefine the giving process, creating a mutual partnership where everyone is equal. We hope to build an online community of everyone involved, both in the UK and Uganda, where experiences can be shared and friendships made.
5. How did the people close to you react when you told them about taking part in Wearelucky?
My parents wanted me to get a taxi home as fast as possible before I got mugged! Mostly everyone has said it was 'meant to be' - the universe telling me I was right to leave my job!!