about

The Rebel With A Cause (TRWAC) CIC was co-founded by Makeda Bernard and Adebomi Olaitan on 21st July 2020. 

You might have watched "Rebel Without A Cause" a film starring James Dean, Natalie Woods and other nominable actors and actress

Not to spoil the storyline, it focuses on three juveniles who are dealing on the wrong side of the law for some reason or other - basically causing mayhem.

Unlike the film, our organisation "The Rebel With A Cause (TRWAC) CIC aims to tackle issues - social, education and  health within the African and Caribbean communities. One  of our projects is the #ujimakeepthebeat project which is about educating and raising awareness about the importance of blood, organ and bone marrow donation within the Black and Asian communities.

We also endeavour to bring improved unity between the African and Caribbean communities by strengthening economic cooperation for the greater good.

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Adebomi Olaitan, Director

Hi. I am Adebomi (Ade for short) Olaitan, I am not qualified in anything in particular. What I can tell you is I have had many many years working in Community organisations as a volunteer starting with Ujima Radio Station based in Bristol. I started as an Office Administrator in December 2012 moved to Back Office Manager and finally became Project Manager for Keep The Beat eventually called #ujimakeepthebeat. I volunteered in Ujima until October 2020 then I left to pursue my dream of starting up The Rebel With A Cause (TRWAC) CIC to tackle issues within the African and Caribbean communities.

Furthermore I was born and grew up in London, and was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure at the age of nine. I have already had two kidney transplants and have been on dialysis for the past 16 years
 
Some people local to Bristol may know that I was heavily involved in the Lord Mayor of Bristol Faruk Choudhury's Blood and Organ Donation Campaign from 2013 to 2014 in Bristol. This project was the starting basis for me which would lead me to become an activist in my community. I volunteer for North Bristol NHS Trust ( Southmead Hospital) in their Kidney Peer Mentor Service to help other dialysis patients to be empowered and learn more about their condition. I am the founder of TRWAC CIC and I am the director for Social Media and Partner Relations.

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Larna Bernard, Director

Hi. I am Larna, an experienced and qualified economist, statistician, market and social researcher and 
customer experience professional, having worked for some 30 years in corporate UK.  I have always 
participated in community and civic work in my spare time with experience ranging from  youth 
mentoring, school governor, emergency response to African and Caribbean countries, community 
nursery, family support and befriending, volunteering with the homeless and setting up a Black 
History Month quiz.  Since working from home since 2020, I have looked to embed my skills 
more firmly in the community and was delighted to be able to  take on the role of director at TRWAC 
CIC  alongside Ade Olaitan to help drive positive health changes for the black community.  If anything, 
the pandemic has taught us not to take good health for granted and by coming together to share and 
analyze information, disperse myths and have those tough conversations, I believe that change can 
surely come. At TRWAC CIC, I take the lead on project management, GDPR and data analysis.