I had my own family foundation, the Hull Foundation, when I first met Richard four or five years ago. I have trusted and enjoyed the events promoted by Virgin Unite. At one of those events I met Tim Souris, the director of Rock the Kasbah. Tim was so motivated and inspiring that when he invited me to the event, I decided to take our Richmond Unite team to experience it. It was a great event and I knew that it was an example of what our Richmond Unite events should be. From a foundation standpoint, I wanted to bring Richard’s spirit in. Where Richard and I hit it off was that he’s very much about youth and entrepreneurialism. That’s my vision for the Hull Foundation. I just reached out and learned from Richard’s organisation what could be possible.
With Richmond Unite we wanted to showcase the great works that charities and people are doing in our area. But we’re also a facilitator to help them raise funds – in an environment that’s not boring. The local community didn’t even think we could pull it off. We had a hurricane, we had earthquakes, everything. But in the end we pulled off a great event. People have to believe – and we had to pull everyone together to believe in themselves and that we could actually do this in Richmond.