Taking an active role in the issues and challenges that impact society and the world at large is core to the philosophy at Rooster Punk. While we are just a small voice on a planet of seven billion noisy people, we don’t just want to sit on the sidelines and let the world pass us by. What would be the fun in that? The Rooster Punk Fundation is our way of giving back and trying to put a smile on the face of people from disadvantaged backgrounds all over the world. In 2015, we got behind a mission to help educate over 100,000 of the most impoverished children of Africa.
The story started with us donating our creative time and skills to the development of a campaign website and video for the charity Mellon Educate.
The campaign website helped recruit volunteers for an overseas trip to South Africa (including two members of the Rooster Punk team, Paul Cash and Callum Murphy). The week-long trip – known as a building blitz – saw over 280 volunteers build 12 new classrooms, toilet and kitchen facilities at Ukhanyo Primary School in the township of Masiphumelele, Cape Town.
In November 2016, James Trezona and Charlotte Bennett from Rooster Punk flew out to South Africa to participate in a Building Blitz week with over 300 volunteers from the UK and Ireland.
The task was to complete two school renovation projects at Ummangaliso and Kuyasa primary schools in the township of Khayelitsha.
In November 2017, several members of the Rooster Punk team including Founder Paul Cash will be going back to South Africa to help build and renovate more schools and classrooms. You can help by donating here.
Why not get involved?
We are also seeking involvement and donations from companies of all sizes from startups to global blue chips alike. You can help in several ways:
In 2002 a big-hearted Irishman stepped across a road. Not just any old road. A road that led to a poverty stricken township in the Cape of South Africa.
The squalid living conditions Niall Mellon saw moved him deeply. He knew he had to do something to help these impoverished families and their children.
12 years later, with the collective help of more than 22,000 volunteers he has managed to build 25,000 homes – transforming the lives of 125,000 people.
Following an inspiring meeting with Nelson Mandela, Mellon decided to shift his focus from building homes to building schools.
An educated Africa would bring hope and lasting change to a blighted continent.
In 2013, Mellon started planting bricks rather than just laying them. He knew that by building schools, providing mentoring and teacher support he would lay the seeds of growth and prosperity for the children of Africa.
To date, Mellon Educate has built five schools, improved Maths and English pass rates by 32% and 25% respectively, helped over 2500 children and trained and mentored dozens of teachers.
Now it’s your turn to be part of this amazing story and keep the legacy alive.
Join us for the Building Blitz in November 2017