Travels from: New South Wales
Founder of 40K where he works to change the lives of those living in developing countries
Categories: Business Speakers, Inspirational, Interesting Ideas, Leadership, Motivational Speakers
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Clary Castrission is the founder of 40K his story will grip you as he navigates through a strangely connected pastiche of anecdotes that entails fascinating, shocking and hilarious accounts of contemporary India, held together by seams of his own experience as he goes about fulfilling his mission.
Clary is not the good-natured philanthropist people would think of when you entertain the thought of a young man choosing to go do social impact stuff. He is brutally honest of his shortcomings as 40K acts as his teacher for being an entrepreneur and for life in general.
Clary has a passionate, determined and lively business story as colourful and impactful as you'll find. Clary’s story is not about philanthropy. It’s not about charity. This is about tackling the most complicated of problems, a seemingly insurmountable challenge. This is a story of succeeding by using creativity, innovation, sharing a unique vision, leadership, teamwork and the power of hundreds of young Australians who are changing the world.
Ten years ago Clary decided to build a school in a village in rural India, following an eye-opening trip of the country’s poverty. Naively thinking he would need $AUS40,000 (hence the name ‘40K’) to achieve his goal, Clary fought through a mountain of obstacles to raise the $430,000 he would eventually required to complete his dream. In 2010 the Banyan School in a community outside Bangalore opened its door to its first children. The 40K Group had been born.
Realizing that building bricks and mortar schools was not a sustainable solution, Clary needed to create a new answer. In 2015, 40K Group now send over 300 Australian University students each year to rural villages to India. Growing to over 600 students by 2016, the students spend a month developing social businesses that enable local women to earn enough money to send their kids to school and utlimatley help these families to break the poverty cycle.
The 40K foundation now sends over 500 Australian University students to India every year to help change the children and families in poor villages through developing education programs. An incredibly inspiring program that is growing at a rate of knots and is developing young Australian adults.