Richard Harding is a founding member and CEO of End Malaria Now. As a film producer and President of Sixth Sense Productions (www.sixthsenseproductions.com), a Film and Television Company based in Los Angeles, California, he has used his connection in the film industry to spur awareness and raise resources to help prevent the transmission of malaria. With fundraising events and grassroots efforts, “End Malaria Now is changing and making a difference one bed net a time.”
Richard’s first big venture was playing a key role in financing the 2005 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated film, Hotel Rwanda and his most acclaimed accomplishment to date is producing The First Grader, which was released in theaters May 2011.
In 2009, while filming The First Grader in Kenya, Richard was hit hard by the devastating and deplorable conditions in Africa caused by the deadly disease Malaria.“The toll it has on African children under the age of five is inconceivable and nonsensical.” Moreover, as a native from Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa, Richard has seen the country at its best and after returning for a visit in 2010, he was exposed to the country’s poorest conditions. From a once beautiful country, to the aftermath of a civil war; the country is in the state of extreme poverty, plagued with life-threatening diseases, especially Malaria. “My primary mission is to help End Malaria Now; and spur movement towards change for a better way of living.”