Rv: Shake hands and send us the pictures
Aug 04, 2008 10:50 PM
by Raquel Rodríguez
To all readers
I had this email send by the group Avaaz. Maybe someone is interested in joining.
To see photos go to
--- El vie, 1/8/08, Paul Hilder - Avaaz.org <email@example.com> escribió:
De: Paul Hilder - Avaaz.org <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Asunto: Shake hands and send us the pictures
Fecha: viernes, 1 agosto, 2008 9:03
Dear Avaaz volunteers,
We are emailing you because we're preparing an exciting campaign for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics and looking for people from around the world to help us bring it to life. The basic task is very simple ? we're asking you to take a digital photo of yourself shaking hands with a friend or loved one, and email it to us at email@example.com. If you don't have a digital camera, don't worry ? there will be another opportunity to get involved!
We want this to be as colourful and varied as possible to help represent the diversity and global nature of the Avaaz community. Try to represent your part of the world in your photo, whether through a scenic background or landmark, through traditional clothing, shaking hands with friends of different backgrounds, or anything else you can think of. If you can organise 5, 10 or even 20 people to get together and make a video or photo of all of you shaking hands in a line, even better! (But a high-quality photo will be better than a fuzzy video).
Why are we asking you to do this? Many of our campaigns have a connection to China ? from Tibet to climate change, and Burma to Darfur and Zimbabwe. To help deliver our Tibet dialogue campaign, we held a human chain handshake stretching from the Dalai Lama to the Chinese Embassy in London - a powerful, positive event. A similar act, well-aligned with the Avaaz "spirit", will have a much better impact among Chinese and travel more widely around the world than any anti-Olympics campaign.
So for the Olympics, alongside a challenging advertising campaign on many of the issues we care about entitled "Save the Olympics", we have decided to organise a global, virtual human chain handshake zig-zagging all the way around the world until it reaches Beijing, in which Chinese citizens can also participate. Its core message will be to bridge the divides between China and the world, sending a message that this is a moment for people-to-people diplomacy, when citizens around the world can come together to urge our governments to do better.
The photos and videos you take will be used to visually represent this global handshake for all the other Avaaz members, so they will play a very important part in bringing the campaign to life. Take a look at our London Handshake video and pictures for inspiration:
After you take your photo or get your friends togehter for a video, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to receive your photos ideally by Monday August 4th, Tuesday at the latest, just in time for the opening ceremony on August 8th. Feel free to get in touch if you have a question.
Thanks so much for volunteering, and we look forward to seeing your photos and videos!
Paul, Graziela, Pascal and all the Avaaz team
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