“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa
It’s DonateLife Week in Australia – Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation and encourage Aussies to #HaveTheChat about their donation wishes with their family, as currently only 53% of Australians know their loved one’s organ and tissue donation wishes!
This year I’m involved with FilmLife, supported by DonateLife, which is a short film festival capturing stories of organ and tissue donation through the eyes of young and emerging filmmakers, during and in honour of DonateLife Week. It’s a brilliant initiative that encourages creatives and producers to use their creativity for social change and social good. That’s a thumbs up from me.
I went to their inspiring FilmLife filmmaking workshop on Saturday with my awesome boss Sarah Allen Consulting and I wanted to share some of my behind the scenes shots (of these beautiful short clips) to give you a little insight into it and to show the amazing creatives in action. See below.
If you’d like to get involved, please support FilmLife’s Thunderclap** campaign to help spread *Daniel Christie’s message to the masses, “If change can be, it’s up to me.” They need 100 supporters by Sunday, so please follow this link >>Thunderclap!<< and share it with your friends!
Thank you very much everyone. <3 <3
Without further ado…
“Film is, to me, just unimportant. But people are very important.” ― John Cassavetes
“Humans want nothing more than to connect.” ― Susan Crawfor
“There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen.” ― Edward Zwick
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ― William James
“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.” ― Banksy
“Young people are the catalyst for change.” ― Kerrie Noonan
Have you had the chat with your loved ones?
****Daniel Christie was a young Australian who has touched the lives of many Australians, who unfortunately died following a coward-punch or king hit in Sydney’s Kings Cross. His family bravely opted to donate his organs. What his family said of Daniel: ”He was as solid as a rock, as tender as a lamb. He was humourous, quick-witted and willing to speak his mind. I am very proud of my son for being such a wonderful human being.” It was with their blessing that FilmLife created the Thunderclap campaign to help Daniel’s message reach the masses. As his mother says, “I believe Dan would have been pleased to tell you the same thing – just do it, look at it and see if it makes sense to you, then have the chat [about donating].” **Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. If enough people support it, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Facebook Post or Tweet from all your supporters, creating a wave of attention. Seriously, get on it!