John McInroy is a “….change-agent, social entrepreneur, ultra-endurance athlete, philanthropist”, social activist, international field hockey player, model, actor, public speaker and author of searingly honest, harrowing, almost cataclysmic” book Butterfly Man. 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 Tsoleki
John (Bodhi) is 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.
John continues to serve actively as Founder and member of Board of Trustees of Unogwaja Charitable Trust and red socks movement which is now fully part of Unogwaja Charitable Trust.
John is co-founder, along side Butterfly Man editor Emile Raymond, and founder of Olive Retreat, Cristina Azcárate of Hard On Karma Creations.