This spotlight is taking us around the world to a group of clowns, musicians, dancers, performances and anyone who likes to play! Their purpose? They work with refugee families who are living in harsh environments to create a sense of normalcy in the kids lives. They do music, circus, art, dance, cinema, puppet-making, pizza-decorating - anything that they can muster up.
“We do anything we can think of to give them an opportunity to feel good and to feel daft and to feel playful.”
Over 100,000 child refugees came to Europe in 2016 and Ash and his team are traveling around these camps to have some fun with the children.
“Our futures are the dreams we have as kids turned into reality. I want them to feel like they can do anything.”
The power of play and importance of happiness and pure joy must never be underestimated. This group of true heroes has set out on a mission, and by returning some of this joy to the lives of these kids, they are undoubtedly helping them cope with their uncertain future.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” - Desmond Tutu
It’s words and perspectives like this one that draw inspiration for Be Robin Hood. From small acts of kindness to your friend or any stranger you pass on the street, to people who dedicate their lives to helping others with the endless possibilities, BRH aims to remind people how powerful these notions of kindness are, and the magnitude of impact they have on changing the world.
For those who don’t know about us just yet, now is a perfect time to learn. Glancing at a recap of our adventures and successes thus far, I want to share a story of last summer. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and sunny day for all 11 of us to rally up and head down to the beach for the day’s event. So what was the event all about?? Big day...haircut day! My amazing friend and Be Robin Hood’s Founder, Ricky Marton, had been growing out his hair for a couple years to donate - not just any donation though. Ricky kicked it up a notch and decided to shoot a video and have the rest of us help him out in asking random people at the beach to cut off locks of his hair - yes, we were all a bit unsure of how this would go! But it ended up being one of the most energetic and uplifting days, and it’s all thanks to people’s compassionate hearts.
Watch the video here!
We got everyone from vacationers, to kids, to moms & dads, to couples and more to one by one cut off each of Ricky’s snazzy braids. One woman was even willing to cut off her own hair to help out..! Needless to say, the day was a huge hit. I remember walking up and down the beach, looking at everyone smiling, laughing, and having a great time and honestly just thinking about how absolutely incredible people are. It’s easy to get caught up these days in negativity, constantly being bombarded with all the people who do awful things...but I’ve always been one to gravitate towards the other end of the spectrum.
Just like BRH says - “Positive energy catches like wildfire.” The infectious spirit among all of us and everyone we met that day only continues to grow. In just over a year, Be Robin Hood has given 294 meals to children in need, removed 149 pounds of trash from our world’s waterways, provided over 2000 days of clean water for people in need in the Central African Republic, helped to end illegal animal trade in Zimbabwe, funded organizations to help with medical and education needs in Peru and Haiti, and much much more. That’s just in ONE year. The only way is up from here for Be Robin Hood. I’m so happy to have been part of this monumental journey thus far and cannot wait to see what else the future has in store!