John McInroy is a “….change-agent, social entrepreneur, ultra-endurance athlete, philanthropist”, social activist, international field hockey player, model, actor and public speaker. He founded two social movements, Red Socks Friday, a movement that is connecting people all over the world, and the Unogwaja Charitable Trust with its very own Unogwaja Challenge, the legendary annual 1,650km, 10−day bike ride from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg (which John has done on foot) followed by the 89km Comrades Marathon on day 11.
John has an MBA from the University College of Dublin’s Graduate Business School, awarded through the “Ideas for the Future” scholarship. He is also known as “Prem Bodhi” (or just “Bodhi”), a Sanskrit name meaning Love Awareness given to him and accepted in Pune, India, and “Sipho” a name meaning “gift” in Xhosa, given to him in Langa, his home when he is in Cape Town. He shares a house with Ntuthu Tsolekile, mother of former South Africa cricketer Thami Tsolekile. Larry Claassen of the Financial Times said after an interview with John that, “you don’t meet John McInroy, you experience him.”
John (Bodhi) is also a certified 300hr Jivamukti yoga teacher. The study and practice of yoga and tantra is having a great influence on his life and ever-evolving life view and approach to activism, for which he is deeply grateful.