High speed film supports victims
Victim Support Porirua has launched a new volunteer recruitment campaign.
Built around the theme of repairing shattered lives in the aftermath of crime or trauma, the campaign features a series of video clips, complemented by radio commercials.
The $100,000 campaign was donated to Victim Support by Wellington’s ‘‘creative industry’’, says marketing and communications manager Emily Marden.
‘‘It all started with a chance meeting with creative directors Ollie Langridge and Tim Hall, and over a coffee and notes scribbled on a napkin, a project was born.
‘‘ Over a period of three months we pitched the concept to people in the industry with the right skills to make this happen,’’ she says.
These included technical wizards from Park Road Post, people with high speed camera equipment, actors and photographers. Technically, it was the highest speed shoot to ever take place in New Zealand, thanks to equipment flown in by MACS Sydney, said Ms Marden.
‘‘It was the concept that pulled people in but it was also who it was for. Victim Support is an organisation that touches hearts and minds.’’
Local service co-ordinator Wendy Leary says they are looking to recruit 10 new volunteers. Training will take place in May over two weekends.
‘‘What people have given in terms of time, talent and skill to make these adverts is simply stunning.
‘‘It’s wonderful how the creative community have volunteered their skills to create a campaign to recruit volunteers for Victim Support,’’ she says.
Victim Support provides a free 24/7 service to people affected by crime and trauma, and need to have at least 1000 trained volunteers throughout the country to ensure no one has to deal with the after affects of crime or sudden trauma alone.
‘‘It takes a special kind of person to become a Victim Support volunteer and the training is extremely comprehensive.
‘‘All cases are different, so we make sure volunteers are trained to deal with every possible situation, it’s often the variety of cases that keeps volunteers interested in the work.’’
The campaign will run until the end of February. The Shattered Lives video clips can be viewed at: youtube.com/victimsupportnz and victimsupport.org.nz.
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