On 4 Jan I embarked on a trip of a lifetime. I travelled to Sierra Leone, to the capital - Freetown to help hundreds of amputees and rape victims of the barbaric war that plagued the country between 1991 and 2002.
My mission was to deliver as much desperately need medical supplies, vaccines and medical checks to as many amputees and war victims as possible in one of the villages and empower them to try and improve their lives.
I set myself personal goals in the hope I would have maximum impact on the people and the mission and it would on me. I can safely say I smashed all those goals ten-fold!
The love, and welcoming I received from the people was something I've never experienced from a community or individuals in my life and I've been to a lot of countries around the globe. The people were extremely open-minded and curious and wanted to be the best hosts they could be a to a former British Army soldier and person from the western society.
I went into the villages myself completely open minded and curious with no guard up what so ever. I didn't need it but it instantly gave everyone there the message that I was their friend. I was there to help them, to guide them, to make them understand they can be anything they want to be. They just need to believe in themselves and as a community help each either rise up against the daily struggles.
My visit was as a result of partnering with Melqosh Mission. A non-profit charity run solely by Faith Okrafo-Smart for the last 12 years. Her love and ambition for the amputees and war victims of Sierra Leone is nothing short of phenomenal and I am extremely honoured to be a part of it and will be for the foreseeable future.
In today's episode on The Best Version Of You, I dive deep into the mission, the cause and give you a much broader insight into our work there, the country itself, and the people who will forever leave an impression on anyone who meets them.
My message is clear. If you have a dream, a goal, an aspiration, then please follow it and don't let ANYTHING or ANYONE stand in your way of achieving it. You owe it to yourself to be the very best of version of you. We get one chance, one journey to make the best life possible. Please go out there and do it!
If you'd like to talk about joining me and Melqosh Mission on future trips each year then please get in touch. There is so much opportunity for you to do so much good for the people and yourself, so please reach out!.