In late 2010, rugby legend Brent Pope became involved in the work of Habitat for Humanity Ireland, a development organisation that believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Eager to do more than just lend his name, Brent sent up the Brent Pope Rugby Legends Foundation to encourage former rugby players and enthusiastic fans to get actively involved with Habitat’s projects both in Ireland and around the world.
Brent has helped out on Habitat renovation projects in Dublin and twice travelled to Zambia to work alongside local communities on Habitat projects there.
Several high profile rugby legends have also joined Brent on his travels, including Malcolm O’Kelly in 2011, and Liam Toland, Paddy Johns and Angus McKeen in 2012. In 2013 he was joined volunteers from the rugby loving public.
Habitat trips are very community orientated and Brent, the legends and volunteers embraced this unique, grassroots experience. During both trips to Zambia, Brent helped to build homes with the future homeowners and local trade professionals. The team lived in the local community and slept on the floor of a basic house with no electricity or running water.
Karen Kennedy, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Ireland, said:
“The extraordinary support that Brent has given Habitat has made a lasting and meaningful difference to families’ lives in Ireland, Zambia and around the world.
His support has helped fundraise almost €100,000 to support our work and his commitment and enthusiasm has inspired almost 400 volunteers to join us onsite in Ireland and around the world.
We are extremely grateful to Brent for all he has helped us achieve and are excited about what the future holds as we plan the next trip of the Rugby Legends Foundation.”
Brent thoroughly enjoyed his experience of volunteering and called on others to join Habitat Ireland’s trips:
“This is a chance in a lifetime for these guys to help out the charity. What they are willing to do is to show everyone in Ireland and around the world, that by very little effort, great things can be accomplished for impoverished people.”
Brent’s Previous trips
In September 2013, Brent Pope travelled on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Argentina with fellow rugby legend Paddy Johns and members of the rugby-loving public. The week long trip helped improve housing conditions for families living in substandard accommodation. After a hard week’s work onsite, the team relaxed by watching Argentina play the All Blacks live in the Boca stadium.
Click here to see photos from the trip.
In June 2012, rugby pundit Brent Pope travelled to Zambia with rugby greats Angus McKeen, Paddy Johns and Liam Toland, along with twenty volunteers from the rugby loving public.
Between 6th-14th June, they worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes alongside local families in Ndola, northern Zambia. They also passed on their rugby skills during a training session with local teams. This was Brent’s second trip to Zambia after travelling on a similar trip last year.
Click here to find out more about the trip to Zambia in 2012.
Click here to see photos from the Brent Pope Golf Classic.
Brent Pope and Malcolm O’Kelly visited Zambia in June 2011 to build homes with Habitat for Humanity Ireland.
As part of their five day volunteering trip in Zambia, rugby legends Brent Pope and Malcolm O’Kelly swapped their rugby boots for hard hats. From 6am to 5pm each day, alongside local people, the crew built a three room house which would serve as a safe and decent for a family of seven.
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