In co-operation with Croydon Hills Primary School, Victoria and Good Spender www.goodspender.com.au, a division of Australia Post, a video was created to help promote the voice of Bottle for Botol as a Social Enterprise, across the internet.
The filming was done by two camera men, a sound recordist and an interviewer from the Good Spender team and the students and staff of the Croydon Hills Primary school as well as me, Melissa Aldenhoven, the Australian Program Manager for Bottle for Botol.
The students were great in the shoot. They were drawing symbols of friendship to be given to the Indonesian students while still talking to the camera with thoughtful answers to questions about the reasoning for their design choice. The students could explain, in depth, their choices for colour and subject that they drew and even speaking Bahasa (Indonesian) at times as it, too, is part of their curriculum. Students were representative of the various years and one of the Year 2 students, whose design was short listed in our recent international competition, was on hand to talk to the camera amongst other students.
The final part of the video was filmed with me speaking directly to the camera about Bottle for Botol's mission and the importance of Good Spender to a small not for profit social enterprise, like ours. This seemed surprisingly difficult. I knew my material but the words came out more slowly and tangled up than ever before. As if that wasn't bad enough for my ego I was shocked at the sight of myself on video. I guess that's the price you pay for getting older. ;-0 ( edit out those wrinkles ........... ).
A main message of the day was the value of an organisation such as Good Spender. Small not for profits have a very hard time trying to compete with the market place for a share of air time to promote their message to the world and find receptive ears. "Good Spender is an online marketplace connecting consumers who want to make a difference with social enterprises."
Thank you, Good Spender, for promoting Bottle for Botol on your website. In return I would like to encourage all our supporters to visit your website and make an impact to social enterprises across Australia.
Written by Catherine Elliott, Dode Gargitha and Alice Sainsbury.