Not many people ‘sit down’ to stand up for what they believe in. Simon Griffiths did, sitting on a toilet for 52 hours to raise money to fund sanitation programs in developing countries. A qualified economist and former engineer, Simon turned down a lucrative corporate job to pursue his real passion – improving lives in the developing world.

A passion for hands-on learning and “consumer driven philanthropy” led Simon to create Who Gives A Crap; a toilet paper initiative that uses 50% of its profits to help build toilets in the developing world. Simon is also the founder of Shebeen; a non-for-profit bar offering wine and beer from developing countries, with profits funding development projects from the drink’s country of origin.

Simon inspired us with his views on changing the way Australians view charity and philanthropy. He believes that by offering ethical alternatives to the way we consume and buy, we can all contribute back to those who need it most.


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