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#GlobalThankYou for Local Heroes

A few weeks ago I did an internship at International Medical Corps in London. They asked me to come up with a campaign to let the world know about ‘First Responders’. I came up with an idea to make a short film that explains what the First Responders are doing and give the audience a reason to share the message. During my travels I worked on the script, voice-over and collaborated with one of my friends from Amsterdam Erwin Verweij, who is a great editor. Here’s the story and the film that we’ve just launched together with MTV Voices and the European Commission.

#GlobalThankYou campaign

“This year, we have seen wars, disasters and outbreaks of disease on an unprecedented scale, from the war in Gaza to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

But we have also seen hundreds of thousands of ordinary people standing up to support their friends, neighbours and communities. The health workers fighting Ebola, the midwives keeping mothers and babies safe during war in South Sudan and mental health volunteers working with refugees from Syria.

That’s why we want to take a moment to show our gratitude to the local heroes worldwide who have dedicated their lives to help others in a #GlobalThankYou! And we’d love you to join us to make sure the world recognises the amazing contribution of First Responders worldwide.”

Please share this video with #GlobalThankYou.



Film Credits

IMC: Josh Harris, Livi de Santos

Director: Mark van der Heijden

Editor: Erwin Verweij

Thank You typography and tattoo Gwer

Thank You microphone artwork Cintascotch

Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan Photo credits: ECHO

Gaza Photo credits: Robin Lloyd/ECHO

Disaster preparedness in Haiti Photo credits: EC/ECHO/Francois Duboc

Ebola frontline aid workers Photo credits MSF/Martin Zinggi 

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