John Stringer supports the core values of the B1G1 organisation. Their concept of every time a business gives, through a simple, convenient and truly impactful process, it can make a positive difference to our world.
“Imagine every time you had a meal, a hungry child also receives a meal… or imagine if every time you had a cup of coffee, someone received access to life saving water… or imagine if every time you bought a book, a tree got planted…”
Masami Sato, a founder of B1G1, was running a food production company in Australia, when she and other entrepreneurs came up with the initial idea of B1G1 in a business program, a process that was facilitated by Paul Dunn, who eventually became the Chairman of B1G1.
They imagined a world where every business made a difference through the simple concept of, ‘Buy one, Give One.’ At the heart of their concept is that 100% of contributions made by B1G1 Business Clients are directly passed to its partner Non-profit organisations (NGOs).
Imagine being able to contribute to improving the learning environment for students who are desperate for an education, by the simple act of buying 100 bricks that go towards building a classroom.
Our aim is to ultimately create an entire school by giving.
Imagine what might happen through sponsorship.
Sponsoring the education fees of one disadvantaged child, for one day, seems overly simple, however every day counts. When you and I went to school, we took it for granted that the Education was there to be taken (albeit compulsorily). The Education system we enjoy is essentially free. Sometimes we might take it for granted that School, is just there. Could taking education for granted, make it difficult to comprehend that disadvantaged children struggle to get a basic education. Yes it could and it sometimes does.
My life of learning has stood me well. My life has been full of interesting experiences and a lot of learning. We now wish to do what we can to create an opportunities for disadvantaged children to have a basic education.
While we mentor business owners to grow and move their businesses from ordinary to extraordinary, we know that we can also contribute through creating opportunities and sponsoring education fees for disadvantaged children. Share in our desire to allow these children the opportunity of learning, growing and in turn, of their sharing and growing others.
Imagine priceless education.
We live in a country where we don’t give a second thought to having a drink of water, either from a house-hold tap, or a bottle or jug of some description. Attending school and running around the playground, there was never a shortage of water to quench our thirst. In some countries, four out of five children use surface water, or have to walk more than 15 minutes to find a protected water source. Unclean water spreads diseases diseases such as cholera and infant diarrhea.
Poor health harms a child’s learning potential. We live in a world where over 400 million school-aged children a year are infected by intestinal worms that sap their cognitive abilities. In Ethiopia we’re supporting and trying to help quench the thirst of people living in Tigray by giving them clean water.
Consider the potential impact of swopping your weekly/annual (220 working days) intake of coffee and providing water to over 270 people for a year. That’s the power of sharing and giving on a scale that we are comprehending.
Imagine clean, hygenic water.