It Aint Nothing was founded after Nicholas Simpson went for a trip to the Philippines, saw the devastation of typhoon Haiyan and felt the need to do something to help.
In his everyday life in Australia, Nick is owner of restaurant The Treehouse on Belongil in Byron Bay, together with Zack Simmons. The Treehouse on Belongil set up and funded the start-up of It Aint Nothing as well as the first house being built in the 50.50.50 Project!
From the co-founder of It Aint Nothing - Nicholas Simpson
"After living and working overseas for 7 years of my adult life I have seen many places away from and different to Australia. Seeing first hand the varied living conditions experienced by people around the world has made me feel even luckier about the place I get to call home.
But these experiences have also made me feel very privileged and from this place of privilege the seed of an obligation to help was planted. After a spontaneous trip to the Philippines in January 2014, walking amongst the aftermath of the typhoon on Malapascua Island and meeting the locals who were still without homes, the seed sprouted into a need and there was no turning back.
With the help of a few friends we created our not-for-profit humanitarian organization It Ain't Nothing that allows everyone to help in some way. In all our projects we promise that all donations will go directly to those in need. We want to promote a personal connection to each cause and facilitate multiple avenues of on the ground assistance. We want to encourage the ethos that every small effort adds to the whole and is part of making a big difference."
Watch this space for the introductions of the other members on the It Aint Nothing team - friends who felt compelled by Nicholas' story, passion and enthusiasm to jump on board... tbc
Multi-Media Producer/Project Manager-Sean Patrick McAuliffe
Sean is an independent filmmaker from the United States. Paying for his education by joining the Marine Corps months before 9/11 occured and the War on Terrorism began. After his service he followed his passion for film and music production, acquiring a bachelor degree in each. Eventually moving to Australia to finish his education and start a non-profit production company Time.Is.Happenin'
"Ignoring the poverty I witnessed in Iraq during my time spent in the U.S. Marine Corps always troubled me. Remaining focused on my mission was necessary to survive. However, the fact that the cost of my equipment was more than the collective income of the villages I patrolled through was, to say the least, disturbing. My experience there truly opened my eyes to the complete lack of balance in our global village.
Last year, I was very excited to be part of a project that was aiming to build a children’s hospital in Syria. We were hoping to save lives from the constant violence and set up a communications network for the limited medical staff. However, my relatively safe passage into the country was compromised and our mission put on hold.
Shortly after this disappointing news, the co- founder of It Ain’t Nothing, Nicholas Simpson, asked if I would be interested in using my logistical experience and skills as a filmmaker and photographer to assist in launching It Ain’t Nothing’s first campaign in the Philippines. Loving the concept of his new not for profit and their mission, I immediately signed on and three weeks later my unanswered longing to help those less fortunate than myself was fulfilled as we broke ground on the 505050project in Malapascua Island. "
Project Manager- Alex Trinidad
Alex Trinidad has worked for multiple NGO’s since the Typhoon. He is a Filipino National that served in Iraq for the United States Army and is the new project manager on the ground in Malapascua. His passion to help those in need is unmatched and his skills as an administrator and translator are a valuable asset to It Ain’t Nothing.
“When I saw the news reports of the devastation in Tacloban city immediately after Typhoon Yolanda, I had to find a way to help. After a difficult journey, due to the destroyed airport in Tacloban, I landed in Cebu, the nearest airport I could get to. I tried to find a way to get a ride to Tacloban with many organizations but was turned away, as I was not a medic, politician or reporter. Finally, I was able to hitch a ride on a naval ship going to Tacloban and met some people from Red Cross. I was able to get a position doing body retrievals and debris clearance.
After one week working for the Red Cross, I ran into Team Rubicon, a military veteran based NGO that was doing search and rescue throughout the city. Being an Army veteran, I felt my skills were more useful for Team Rubicon’s mission and also served as a their translator.
After Team Rubicon left the Phillipines, I wanted to continue my work to help my fellow Fillipino’s recover from the devastation caused by the Typhoon. I felt a new found purpose that I have not experienced since my military service. I was contacted by Team Rubicon and told about what It Ain’t Nothing was doing in Malapascua. The last time I had heard about Malapascua island was from a taxi driver during my travels to Tacloban City. He told me nearly all of the homes on Malapascua had been destroyed by the Typhoon and he still had not heard from his family. I immediately contacted It Ain’t Nothing to see how I could help them continue their wonderful mission.”