Calvin James Sweeney
Founder / Syrias Vibes / SCOOP Crew / Events
Calvin James is a Dublin born DJ and Social Care Worker, who has spent 7 months in 2016 living and volunteering as a medical assistant in Syria.
Before heading to Syria, he lived in Dublin city, working in social care with a wide range of clients from patients with dementia, autism, young offenders to those suffering from drug addiction.
Before that, while in New York in 2000, he started out as a House DJ, and joined the Bodytonic label upon returning to Dublin a couple years later. He performed at the DMCs and the ITFs in 2003 and 2004 and became known for his ability to perform 4 turntable sets, without using headphones – unheard of at the time and still rarely attempted today.
He is also an avid traveller, and left Ireland the day right after his Leaving Cert exams, heading to Brazil first, where he was mugged on his first day, yet continued to travel the globe for the next 2 years, working on an uncountable number of hard, or hilarious jobs along the way, including being a shrimp fisherman in Australia.
He visited Cambodia in this time, and years later would help found The SCOOP Foundation, with his younger brother Andy, who was also passionate about helping the disadvantaged in Cambodia.
Fast forward a year or two, or three- in 2012 and Calvin visited Syria and Iraq (on his summer holidays whilst working as a Special Needs Assistant) and developed an affection for the people there. Once the conflict started, Calvin read everything he could on the situation there, and read that health services in Syria were completely depleted and in some areas non existent.
He then traveled to the Kurdish area in Northern Syria (who were the first afflicted by the conflict) and volunteered with the Kurdish Red Crescent, living at a medical centre and working as an ambulance driver and a medic.
With a will to help and make a difference, he established the Syrias Vibes campaign, that aims to blend his passion for dance music, club nights and festivals with helping his colleagues and the people he has met and come to respect and care for.
Founder / Art Auction / SCOOP Crew / Events
After a trip to Cambodia in 2008, Andy returned to Ireland and started fundraising for a small school he encountered while there. A small school that would change the direction his life would take until now.
He decided to set up a small NGO to raise funds to build more schools around the world, and one that allowed young Irish people returning from abroad to get involved with the schools or projects.
This led to the creating of The SCOOP (Support Children Out Of Poverty) Foundation which supports schools in Cambodia and India all through positive fundraising. He also has a love for running bigger and more adventurous projects.
Karol is the Food Operations manager at Airbnb in Dublin. He trained as a chef in Belgium before going on to complete an MA in Globalization focusing on Political Islam, The Arab Israeli conflict and Peace Keeping/Peace Making initiatives.
After college, he spent 5 years in Berlin working as a chef and in other hospitality roles. Needing a challenge, he then moved to Port au Prince, Haiti, to work on a sustainable social development project where he trained young adults to cook professionally and developed a Train-the-Trainer program. He is passionate about food, food systems and social justice.
Maria is very passionate about human rights. For many years she was involved with various Amnesty International local groups – first in Poland during her studies, then in London and Dublin. During the year she spent living and traveling in South America she witnessed how commonplace poverty and social injustice was on the continent.
In 2014/2015 Maria spent few months volunteered for a grass-root charity ‘Colombia sin Fronteras’ in Santa Marta, Colombia. Upon moving to Dublin she undertook an internship in the fundraising department in Camara Education. Maria works as a legal executive in a commercial law firm in Dublin.
George Gerard Mealy
Founding Board Member
George grew up in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, and went to school alongside Andy & Calvin at St Gerard’s School in Bray, Co Wicklow.
After the Leaving Certificate, he studied in the UK and graduated from Southampton Solent University with a diploma in fine art valuation.
Rebecca Burrell heads up Burrell Marketing and Publicity – a Dublin based Consumer PR agency that is part of SERMO, an international network of agencies that operate across 24 countries. Rebecca has worked for a number of Aid organisations and has personally travelled to visit projects in a number of third world countries to see the work for herself and highlight the issues in the media.