"The Melbourne and Michael Folkes Foundation means a lot to me. It encourages me keep up the good work that I am doing. It motivates me to excel in my work, to be disciplined, outstanding and hopeful. To strive, to achieve my goals and to be Mighty in Character. To be honest, kind, encouraging and faithful. MIC to the world!"
As a child Michael Folkes worked on his grandfather's farm. Melbourne Folkes used the produce to feed his extended family and sold surplus to the local college.
As farming is clearly important in Friendship, and in remembrance of his grandfather, Michael wishes to continue and develop this tradition with the Foundation's Sustenance Farming Initiative.
Involving local people and students this initiative will be a community-wide project initially providing produce to local colleges, hotels and restaurants in Phase One. With the Foundation's support it is intended that with greater scale, equipment and organization the Farming Initiative will extend to international exports.
The proceeds from this program will fund the Foundation's educational and humanitarian long-term efforts, thereby creating self-sustainability instead of relying solely on financial donations.