Having had such an abundant success so early on in his life, Greg had long been looking for ways to give back. He began by supporting a variety of charities and initiatives including Basket Brigade alongside the Salvation Army, Ubuntu Education Fund, Barnados, Virgin Unite, Starkey Hearing Foundation and House of Refuge. This then grew into the creation of his own Foundation, which alongside helping other charities, delivered programmes to empower disadvantaged young people.
The turning point came in 2013, when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and left a close friend’s family, and their community without homes. At this point, Greg decided to take on a substantial and meaningful project, he would build a village of 100 homes and a training centre to sustainably transform the lives of this community. The project was not about simply building new houses but about creating a sense of community and security amongst the beneficiaries. In 2016, Phase 1 began, the Build a House, Build a Home, Restore a Community.
Two years later, in January 2018, Phase 1 is now complete. Greg and his team handed over the 100 typhoon resistant homes in an opening ceremony to 500 beneficiaries. Sustainability is key to this project and doesn’t end now just because the houses are built. Phase 2 has begun with the Foundation now implementing livelihood and sustainability programmes to ensure that this community, learn to thrive and not just survive in the future.
Greg is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility and this is reflected in his companies across the world. He wants his employees to feel what he feels and what contribution should be. He believes, you simply have to care about a cause and be willing to get involved. It is, in fact about giving your time, skills, voice and influence to improve the well being of the community.