Charity founder Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka aims to inspire Croydon youngsters
6:00pm Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
An award winning entrepreneur who gave up banking to go into community work wants to take a campaign into schools to inspire young people to help others.
Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, from Broad Green, was told by a teacher he would never be anything, but now aged 26, he has gone on to win multiple awards and is the founder of his own charity.
An experience on a Ghanaian beach when he was approached by a man begging for money, left the former St Andrew’s High School student determined to find a way of making a difference.
He said: "I was on a beach in Ghana and a man came up to me and said ‘give me some money.’
"I could have ignored him but chose to engage him and it made me think what can I do with the opportunities I have, what work can I get to create change."
After leaving his job at investment bank Morgan and Stanley, Mr Sarfo-Kantanka set up Me FiRi Ghana and the WAM Campaign.
He said: "Me FiRi Ghana means I am from Ghana. It is about connecting people and giving people all over the world a sense of identity. It is about looking at what we can do for the country.
"WAM stands for What About Me. The campaign is about recognising the skills and talents we have and looking at how we can use them to help someone else."
After winning three awards last year, including the Spirit of London Community Champion award, Mr Sarfo-Kantanka is now keen to take his work into Croydon schools.
He said: "Everyone has a gift, talent or skills which can help to not only shape their lives, but can also impact on the lives of others.
"I particularly hope to inspire other young people in Croydon. I want to go into our schools and show young people, amongst this gloom and doom they can still make a difference."
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