Pat has spent 40 years, starting and growing technology companies, my first love is cycling and wanting to help others, started Bicycles for Humanity www.bicycles-for-humanity.org that has since turned into a global grassroots movement and delivered over 200 Bicycle Empowerment Centres to 13 African countries with a total of almost 165,000 bicycles. Pat understood the power and the value of Education, Healthcare, opportunity and Empowerment . He founded iEmpowerment to help the people of Karamoja and all of Africa take the next steps to a better life through the deployment of technology. Pat was deeply moved by the people of Karamoja, their determination and desire for a better life for all. With Paul no longer with us, it is my goal to continue to help the people of the region move forward
Pat is a Rotarian and has worked with hundreds of Rotary clubs across all of Africa on the deployment of innovation solutions in many areas.
In 2017 Pat was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Canada for his contribution to society and helping others.
Many of you knew Paul as the voice of the Tour De France, what you might not have know is that he grew up in Eastern Uganda and spent my summers in Karamoja. Paul cared deeply for the people of this region and worked tirelessly to help them move forward, yet protect their incredible culture and heritage.
Paul passed suddenly in November of 2018 and will be missed by all. Paul was a founding member of karamoja.org along with myself. Karamoja, Will Lead Africa Forward and I am focused on helping make Pauls dream a reality. If you want to honor Paul and help continue to honor his legacy, please visit Ride Karamoja, ridekaramoja.org
Paul and I when he was alive, shared a dream of Karamoja, Leading Africa Forward. We initially planned on bringing 4500 bikes to the region, but our love of the people quickly became a passion to help all in Karamoja move forward. Our success in business coupled with our ability to start and grow successful ventures in Karamoja, gave us the foundation to build Karamoja.org and together with the local people, train, create opportunity, while helping all in the region to a better life.
In Paul's honor and memory we have created Ride Karamoja to continue the journey by expndign the mountain bike trail l network, continue to train all with tourism and cycling skills with our eye on expandign the Warrior Trails of the region. As the saying goes, if you build it, they will come. MOuntain bikers are already showing up and with culture, the great parks, we will quickly become the number one desination place globally for cyclists.
We call our grassroots approach, Common Sense Capacity Building, driven by inspired people in the community ,inspired volunteers globally and the effective and creative use of technology to both gain reach from a selling and marketing perspectives as well as for the deliver of new services using the expanding cloud.