Chairman of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, successful investor and business magnate, Tony Bloom is truly a man who juggles a lot of roles. How he does all of these without spreading the butter way too thin still baffle us until today. Magic or sorcery, who knows really? But as if that’s not enough, the man has set up The Bloom Foundation.
Founded in 2011, the charity was first known as the Tony Bloom Charitable Trust. Together with four other trustees: Linda Bloom, Marcelle Lester, Marc Sugarman and Adam Franks, Tony has since been pushing bounds to fight poverty across countries more specifically in the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and the developing nations in Asia and Africa where majority of those afflicted are women, children and the elderly.
It does so by supporting and giving aid to poverty relief efforts. They offer and make grants to various associations, causes and projects that share the same goals and objectives.
The Bloom Foundation’s primary focus lies on education, training and employment, livelihood efforts, economic and community development, overseas aid, famine relief, life saving efforts, health improvement and advancement, safety and food and water supply.
As its charitable objects state, the charity seeks to contribute to “the prevention or relief of poverty in developing countries by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. To promote and protect the physical and mental health of disabled and terminally ill children and soldiers disabled or made ill by conflict. Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable under the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine.”
Poverty is a humungous issue not only in the regions mentioned but as a whole. It’s a global phenomenon that’s clear and evident without a shadow of a doubt. As a matter of fact, the World Bank notes that “the number of people living in extreme poverty globally remains unacceptably high with the most recent estimates showing that 10.7% or 896 million of the world’s population lived on less than US$1.90 a day and another 2.1 billion people who lives on less than US $ 3.10 a day.”
Tony Bloom, through his charity, seeks to reduce these numbers. Change may not come instantly but it has to begin somewhere.