Carl is someone who has grown up with strong guiding principles, shaped by the strength and support of his family and his experiences of growing up in a disadvantaged and divided community. These remain his true priorities, despite the success he has had in the ring. His wife and two children are the centre of his world and drive his desire to support family life and the health and well-being of children in the wider community.
Carl prides himself on his work with organisations such as Trocaire, lending his voice and support to raise awareness of underprivileged communities both locally and across the globe.
Carl and his wife Christine recently visited two projects in Kenya for Trocaire’s Christmas appeal 2017. From the poverty stricken Mukuru slum in the capital Nairobi, they moved onto the rural region of Turkana with the ambition to spread a better understanding of the difficulties being faced in areas suffering from severe malnutrition.
Having grown up on a community interface with a myriad of social problems he also witnessed first-hand the effect that early choices have had on the life prospects of some of his peers. This drives his determination to support integrated communities and the provision of social and employment opportunities for young people, to help them overcome their circumstances and achieve their potential.
Carl is extremely proud of his roots and Belfast is a city that holds a very special place in his heart. A key supporter of initiatives to bring cultural development and social improvements to the hard working communities across Belfast, Carl is forever singing the praises of this transitional city and its efforts to re-invent itself by focussing on and celebrating the great hospitality and community spirit.