About Richard Mulvey

Richard Mulvey SdPFA SASHoF, is one of South Africa’s leading speakers and over the last 26 years has inspired more than 200 000 business people throughout three continents.  Richard was inducted into the Southern African Speaker Hall of Fame in 2014, and received the highest award in the Southern African Speaking industry, The Stef du Plessis Founders Award, in 2018. His many years in industry, speaking to audiences all over the world gives him the experience, and you the confidence, to book him for your next sales convention or conference. Richard’s corporate life includes a rise in the ranks through sales to regional general manager at the age of 28 before setting up on his own. After spending a couple of years traveling the world Richard was enticed back to corporate life and invited to come to South Africa in a sales director’s role for an international company in a service industry.

In addition to a successful corporate career Richard has traveled overland across Africa in an old VW Kombi, worked for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and successfully written and marketed a restaurant accounting software package called Trade Inn. Richard is the author of 24 motivational and business books, and 25 training DVDs, 21 training CDs and 18 e-books. He is a twice Past President, of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (2008-9 & 2016-17) and a member of the Global Speakers Federation. His style is as entertaining as it is informative and his provocative opinion will fire your enthusiasm leaving you with a desire to hear more and eager to get out there and do it!

London to Cape Town

It took 2 years to drive from London to Cape Town and back with many stops and challenges along the way. Keeping the old VW Kombi going across some of the most difficult terrain in the world, from desert to jungle, combine with many difficult border crossings and life threatening situations were out weighed by the beauty of the people we met along the way.

The Old Volkswagen was asked to do much more than it was designed for, and we had the engine out nine time during the trip including a complete replacement engine and gearbox in Kisangani in the DRC (then Zaire).

The highlight of the trip was meeting and making friends with many people throughout Africa. Even though we often had no common language we could sit and eat and laugh together long into the evenings.

Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro to raise R70,000 for Reach for a dream was my hardest challenge. I was extremely fit and it is not really a climb, just a hard walk, but the altitude is a killer.

In South Africa I was the fittest in our group when we practised in the Drackensberg or went to the highest point in the country at Sani Pass.

Nothing we did prepared me for the altitude though and I failed to get to the top, faltering with just 300 meters to go. The money was raised however so the climb was a great success. 

Buckingham Palace

Early in my career I worked for the queen at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Seeing how the other half lived was an experience I will never forget.

Iran

Being invited to speak at the World Management Forum in Iran was a great experience but I was not expecting to find snow covered mountains just outside Tehran. Climbing into the snow was a great experience in a country that you normally associate with heat and desert.

Reach for a Dream - Social Responsibility

A few years ago I started to work with the people from Reach for a Dream. These wonderfully dedicated people work throughout the country identifying children who are terminally ill, and offering them the opportunity to fulfil their dreams. In some cases these dreams can be as simple as having a new colouring book, or bicycle. In others their dream is to meet their heros from a football team or play trumpet with the Minstrels in the Carnival.

Our contribution here was simple. We want to help these children fulfill their dreams if we can. Each member of my team contributes towards the cost of the dreams and we go as a team when we can to see the dreams fulfilled.

This process is very rewarding, but it can be extreamly emotional. We had hoped to take one child up to the top of Table Mountain to fulfill their dream but before we had a chance to do it the child died.

Below you will find some photographs of some of the dreams we have fulfilled

Xolelwa’s dream Fulfilled

Xolelwa was 7 years old and suffering from Lymphoma. She was staying at the St. Joseph’s Home just outside of the Cape Town International Airport and was there for months so that she could receive treatment for her life threatening illness. Eventually she was able to go home to her mom and dad who live in Masiphumelele in Noordhoek. Her dream was for dolls and doll accessories. This was such a simple dream to fulfil that we couldn’t wait to get it done. We visited St. Joseph’s Home on Saturday morning and we were lucky that Xolelwa’s parents were also there to share in her joy. The smile on Xolelwa’s face when she opened her presents was just so precious. Thank you for making my day Xolelwa.

Lusanda’s Dream Fulfilled

Five year old Lusanda Ngubo, who was suffering from a life threatening heart disease, only wanted toys as her dream. She specifically wanted colouring books and a ball. We were struck with the simplicity of this dream and wanted to make the day special for her. We all met at Ushaka Marine World and spent a wonderful morning pushing Lusanda and my grandson, Shea-Tyler, around the sights culminating with lunch at the best place for children (Spur or course). Desiree and Bev from my office were there too and together with Lusanda’s Grandmother and the people from Reach for a Dream we were quite a party. Lusanda opened her presents at lunch and her expression as she was opening all the parcels was worth its weight in gold. Lusanda was obviously tired by the end of the day (to be honest, so was I) but she had a day to remember.

Bongi's Dream Fulfilled

Bonginhlanhla Mthiyane was 16 years old and had a life-threatening heart disease. He had to regularly attend the Albert Lutuli Hospital in Durban to get his treatment and we caught up with him there. He was away from home so much that he missed his friends and his dream was to have a cell phone of his own so that he could stay in contact. Being a 16 year old boy, he didn’t just dream about a cell phone but he had a particular phone in mind. Even in hospital it is important to keep up appearances. We caught up with Bongi in hospital and he was delighted to have his dream fulfilled.

Dunyiswa’s Dream Fulfilled

Dunyiswa from Khayalitsha was suffering from Aplastic Anaemia, having to spend two days every two weeks in hospital receiving treatment for this life threatening disease. It was Dunyiswa’s dream to go on a shopping spree at the Cape TOwn Waterfront. We decided that this would be easy to arrange and while I consider shopping to be in the league of root canal treatment in my list of favourite things, watching Dunyiswa shop was in a league of its own. We started at the top end of the children’s clothing market and were grateful to shops like Indygo’s, Jessica’s and Keedo’s who gave us substantial discounts for the clothing we bought for Dunyiswa. These shops are all very well for party outfits but what about day to day clothes? Next we made our way to Woolworths. I told Dunyiswa that we wouldn’t stop shopping until she couldn’t carry anymore. I was amazed how many carrier bags would go into those small hands. Next stop the Two Oceans Aquarium followed by lunch for the group at Spur. For at least one day in her life, Dunyiswa felt very important and had a day fit for a princess.

Chesco’s Dream Fulfilled

Chesco Johnson was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer when he was 2 years old, and then contracted Hepatitis A and jaundice when he was 8 years old, leading to him needing a liver transplant. Chesco always dreamt of having his own trumpet and being able to play with a ‘real group’ of Minstrels. We purchased a trumpet for Chesco (with the kind assistance of Paul Bothner Music) and then organised for the Ashwin Willemse Orient Community Development Minstrels to play for Chesco at his home in Mannenberg. Chesco was a shy 18 year old, Grade 11 pupil and we had to wait for his Headmaster from Phoenix Secondary School in Mannenberg to come over before he could be encouraged to join the band.

Chesco was one of the fortunate ones in that he received a healthy liver that his own body has fully accepted. He now lives on special medicines everyday and has to go to hospital every month for additional treatment.

On a musical note, Chesco is currently playing for the 60 member strong Forever Young Big Band, that perform around the Cape.