Sir Ray Avery's LifePods only $350,000 away from fundraising target
A gaggle of mouldable young minds gather around a futuristic-looking pod, absorbing the secrets of the man who created it.
Sir Ray Avery is the man busy inspiring the pupils of Arahoe School in New Lynn, Auckland, while also thanking them for donating $2000 towards his Mondiale LifePod programme.
The school is aiming to fundraise to donate one LifePod, at a cost of $2000 each, every school term.
The Mondiale LifePod is an infant incubator which is designed to be indestructible, purifies its own air and water, costs a fraction of a traditional $35,000 incubator and will run continuously for 10 years without the need for replacement parts or maintenance by trained technicians.
One incubator has the ability to save the lives of at least 500 babies, especially in developing countries.
As an inventor, entrepreneur and scientist, Avery has created many low-cost solutions to combat poverty and health problems in the developing world.
"One of the things that connects us all is our humanity. There is no better promise of a better life than having young citizens doing the right thing," Avery says.
The road to this life hasn't been typical for Avery, beginning out as a child in orphanages and on the streets of London. It was as a homeless 13-year-old he spent hours in libraries and developed an interest in knowledge and science.
"Children need to know you can dream big," Avery says.
"My view is that any child could grow up to be the next Nelson Mandela."
Enough funding to allow the production of 339 incubators has been raised so far and Avery says about $350,000 is needed to start complete production.
Arahoe School principal Richard Limbrick says the fundraising effort has been thanks to families getting behind the cause.
He believes it's important children get opportunities to develop a social conscious.
"If kids can connect back their good deeds it's more likely they will continue to do good."
About 30 schools around the country are sponsoring lifepods which will most likely be sent to South Pacific nations.
For more information head to thelifepod.co.nz.