David Bragg recently received his award as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, known as an OBE, in recognition of his contribution to Bath-based international charity Send a Cow.
David was joined by his family for the ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 19th March, as he accepted his Investiture medal from the Duke of Cambridge.
He said: “What had seemed surreal became very real as the Duke of Cambridge pinned the OBE to my lapel and we chatted about Send a Cow and my involvement as founder and supporter.
“It was a wonderful recognition of so many people’s hard work and initiative in tackling poverty in Africa and deeply honouring for me. A never to be forgotten moment.”
As a Founding Farmer of Send a Cow, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, David has played a pivotal role in transforming the lives of over two million people in rural Africa.
While working as a dairy farmer in Devon, he helped set up the charity in 1988.
Outraged at EU milk quotas, which were forcing the slaughter of healthy dairy cows, and in response to an appeal from Uganda for milk, David embarked on a project, which was set to become an innovative and practical charity.
David then became a Programme Manager, overseeing Send a Cow’s projects in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Today, David is still heavily involved as a volunteer Ambassador, raising funds and spreading awareness of the charity’s work across the UK, and beyond.
David was driven by a strong belief that we can help people and make a real difference to those living in extreme poverty in Africa.
Although this project required an incredible amount of time and effort, work that he took on beyond his working farm and family life, without David’s vision and determination thousands of families who have been helped may still be struggling today.
Send a Cow no longer puts cows on planes but focuses on giving families the skills and confidence to live a food-secure life and also generate income.
The charity now supports people in six African countries training in sustainable farming, business skills and gender equality, alongside the provision of tools, seeds and livestock.