RDF is the third main charity Roger has founded. He previously founded and managed two successful charities during a period of four decades. The first charity was "18th Brocade Performing Arts Workshop" in Tottenham where he used to live. '18th Brocade' meaning the best from all knowledge, races and cultures. The second was the education charity "Real Action" based near a West London council estate 22 years ago. The charity keeps growing. It works in state schools and has three of its own Saturday Schools fostering the Butterfly Literacy programme which on average increases reading ages by over one year in less than 20 hours.
Roger, who (including serving 5 years as a school governor) has over 44 years experience in youth & community work service in Haringey and West London. Taught to read classical music as a child, with a background of playing keyboards in successful British reggae bands. In his free time Roger still practises the piano (improvising over standards and popular tunes), learning new skills that enable him to perform as a solo artist and in Jazz bands.
Roger says he became involved in charity work due to circumstances beyond his control. Had his immediate environments been different he would have tried to pursue his career in music. He says he loves helping community almost just as much - so no regrets. He has recently started studying a Diploma in 'Charity Fundraising Practice' for small to medium sized charities.