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Wednesday 18th April 2012, random pub, London.
The good vibes were back after Uche/Po and we decamped to the nearest pub to celebrate. I whipped out the laptop to check the Twitter account - it was burning up! Time Out and Spoonfed had posted articles on Wearelucky and our followers were multiplying at an alarming rate. On the spur of the moment, I decided to tweet our location and give potential Lucky People around 15 minutes (or the time it took to enjoy a slowish pint) to track us down. A kind of Twitter treasure hunt. Fantastic!....we sipped our pints and waited. And waited. And then, just as we were about to give up, in came Lucy and – rather sheepishly but very politely – asked if we knew anything about Wearelucky. Within minutes I'd nudged an envelope stuffed with 20 red notes across the table. Lucy seemed pretty stunned by the whole experience, but we didn't have too much time to stay and chat. This Twitter thing looked like it could be a lot of fun.....
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
I'd heard about Wearelucky initially through my partner who was linked to the Twitter account. He told me about it one evening and I guess, like most people my initial reaction was that it was a spoof. I then read the case studies on the website and thought that it was a wonderful idea.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I am donating the money to English_Alive_Academy which is a wonderful school based in Nazret, Ethiopia. I run a very mini charity called Straight_Aims that looks to have a direct impact on improving the provision of education. In 2010 we managed to raise enough money so that I could go over to Ethiopia and teach in the school. It's a wonderful project. The first half is going to be used to fuel the school bus for a bus for a year, a service which ferries 90 pupils a day to and from the villages on the outskirts of Nazareth. The second half will also go to
the school, but at the moment I'm still working out the best way to ensure that it has the maximum impact.
3. What does good mean to you?
Good to me means trying to have a positive influence on those around you and also not causing harm to anyone. It is a desire to make others happy even if it does not provide any benefit on a personal level. Albert Einstein said that a good person should "Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value".
4. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
I would have to say both. I feel incredibly lucky that I found myself in the right place at the right time. However, I also believe in karma and that if you try to be a good person then good things will happen one day. Maybe on that wet Wednesday I was put in the right place at the right time on behalf of English Academy Alive.