Dominic Hooko, Estates Surveyor at NPS Humber, has inspired prisoners at HMP Hull with his captivating stories of life growing up in northern Ghana and his extensive charity work to support the country and beyond.
Dominic entertained prisoners with tales of scorpion racing as a child, as well as his memories of moving to Scotland and adjusting to UK culture and seeing snow for the first time, when he was invited to speak at the prison’s Equalities Event, held as part of Black History Month.
He explained to his audience that he sees himself as a servant, willing to serve others, and hoped the prisoners would follow suit when released from jail. In light of where they are now, he advised his listeners: “Wherever you are and whatever God gives you to do, do it to the best of your ability and do it for the benefit of the people around you. At the end of the day, whatever we do should not be about us but about and for the people we serve’.
Dominic detailed his work with numerous charities over the past 13 years, including the Foundation for Rural Education, Emancipation and Development (FREED) and the Avenues Bicycle Project (ABP) of which he is Chair of the Trustees.
ABP collects, repairs and ships unwanted bicycles, tools and spares to Ghana and Sierra Leone, with over 2,800 bikes distributed so far since 2012. The empty ship containers used to transport them are donated too, one of which has been converted into a classroom in Freetown and there are plans to convert another into a diabetes screening facility.
However ABP don’t just support causes overseas. 60 bikes a year are recycled back into the local community through Bikes4Hull and organisations working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Any bikes that are not suitable to refurbishment are given for spares to Push Iron, an organisation that helps young people build their own bikes from scratch and achieve a Youth Development Award.
The bikes are repaired and refurbished at HMP Hull, giving prisoners a meaningful occupation and a chance to learn bike repair and maintenance skills.
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