In late 2010, Brent 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 in Ireland and around the world.
Over the last two years 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 joined Brent on his travels, including Malcolm O’Kelly in 2011, and Liam Toland, Paddy Johns and Angus McKeen in 2012. This past year, he was also 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.
Brent is keen to continue the work of the Foundation, and is planning another trip for the Autumn of 2013 with Habitat.
Keep an eye on the Overseas Volunteering page for details on the next trip.
Karen Kennedy, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Ireland, says:
“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.”