From very humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to now being a benefactor of an international arts charity MMBF Trust based in the UK, it’s safe to say Matthew C. Martino’s life is on the up. Its without surprise that the 22year old who is believed to be Britain’s Youngest Philanthropist has been tipped for a True African Heritage Award. The nomination is for his services to philanthropy and the community as well as being an Afro Caribbean role model.
Founding his international charity MMBF Trust aged just 20 with a five figure endowment he remains the sole benefactor of the charity and is heavily involved in their work and carries a hands on approach in all their projects, award schemes and partnerships with other organisations. Martino has also provided scholarships to students at Montview Academy of Theatre Arts and is due to support students at Dorset School of Acting. Martino supports various organisations and charities including Bolton Lads & Girls Club and The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.
The True African Heritage Brand, Image and Vision goes beyond the art of community engagement and building relationships, it is a vision inspired to promote, celebrate and embrace ‘all great things African’ amongst various African communities in the diaspora and around the world. This year’s TAHA will take place on Saturday the 26th of September with tickets available via http://www.trueafricanheritage.co.uk
Martino isn’t showing signs of slowing down his philanthropic work as he is in development of an award scheme to be named ‘MM Enterprise Award’ aka The Matthew Martino Enterprise Award’. The scheme will encourage young people aged 16-25 to start their own business by offering grants, mentoring, free business courses and business coaching.
We wish Matthew all the best with his future work, one thing for sure – He has our endorsement to be the “True African Heritage Award Winner”