Camera Corps team aims high for Task Brasil
Outside broadcast technicians, camera riggers, tracking specialists and support crew working on location in Rio de Janeiro with Camera Corps have contributed to the Task Brasil Trust. A substantial sterling sum was raised by the team and matched in kind by Camera Corps and its parent company, Vitec Group PLC.
“The summer games proved a memorable experience for the Camera Corps team in many ways,” comments Megan Llloyd-Johnson, production manager for Camera Corps. “We worked with great people, learnt local cultures and added another major OB event to our belt.
“The team delivered a huge array of cameras, tracks and remote heads to various locations. However, by far the most rewarding moment was the chance we had to visit the kids and staff of Task Brasil at Casa Jimmy. Established in 1993, the charity offers a safe place where vulnerable youngsters can learn to swim, play sports, play music, build IT skills, study English and spend time together off the streets.
“I experienced first-hand the impact Task Brasil is making on the children, their families and their communities. The hardships and circumstances from which they come may be difficult for us to imagine but this not what defines them during their time together at Casa Jimmy. The Task Brasil team are doing excellent work day-to-day with comparatively very little funding. Some of the Camera Corps specialists co-operated in producing a video programme about the running of Casa Jimmy as a direct way of putting something back into the community.
“Our fundraising goals were ambitious but we secured the promise of matched corporate funding from Camera Corps and Vitec. As a result, we were able to make a five-figure contribution to the ongoing cost of equipping and running Casa Jimmy. We know that our combined donations will help give them a real boost, allowing them to undertake vital maintenance and upgrade work on the facilities which are so crucial to their work, as well as providing funding for teaching staff.