Fearless mum braves Donegal’s rough seas to raise over €23,000

first_imgA Donegal-based mum braved the choppy waters of West Donegal to complete a hugely successful charity swim last weekend.Fiona Harrington (27) swam from Owey to Cruit Island on Saturday to raise money for the BUMBLEance children’s ambulance service.While she isn’t an experienced swimmer, Fiona ventured into the water for the 1km swim while her family and friends cheered her on. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Fiona admitted that she was a ‘bit sore’ the day after the swim but overwhelmed to raise more than €23,000 so far. Fiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceFiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceThe entire feat was inspired by Fiona and her partner Dwain Rodgers’ baby girl, Willow.Willow is seven months old and was born with a life-limiting condition called Smith-Lemli-Opitz.The birth defects caused by the disorder make travelling a huge challenge for the family. But the BUMBLEance service made Fiona and Dwain’s dreams come true in August when they helped them fly with Willow to Bere Island in Cork for a special visit to see Fiona’s parents.“Willow is on oxygen, a feeding tube and morphine. We would never have been able to drive to Cork ourselves. “BUMBLEance flew us from Carrickfinn Airport, which is just behind our house, to Kerry. Then they had a BUMBLEance for us on the runway and brought us to the ferry. It was so nice to bring her to my home. They made our dream come true.”Fiona, who is originally from Cork, was so amazed by the charity service that she wanted to do something to give back.She came up with the idea of an island-island swim, but never expected to raise so much money.So far, the total raised between online and offline donations is estimated at €23,000.Fiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceFiona said: “I can’t believe it. At the start, I only expected to get a thousand euro, maybe two.” Looking back on the swim, Fiona said that Saturday’s sea conditions were a challenge during the 40 minute journey.“It was a bit wavy out. I was definitely rougher than I thought it would be,” she said.“It took me a while to get into it at the start. We started on land and I had to swim out through a cove but there was a strong drag there.“I was joined by John Green from the Arranmore Fast Ferry and Judith, a woman from Belfast. “My dad was in a rib with the Arranmore Fast Ferry that came alongside us and he got in to swim beside me at the halfway point. And Dwain was in a rib on our other side taking photos.”Fiona Harrington’s charity swim from Owey-Cruit Island in aid of BUMBLEanceFiona had great support from the Arranmore Fast Ferry and said that she is thankful to every person who donated and helped with the charity swim.There is still time to donate and if you would like to support BUMBLEance, visit Fiona’s fundraising page here:https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiona-harrington3Fearless mum braves Donegal’s rough seas to raise over €23,000 was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The 5 Best Places to Pitch Your Documentary Film Projects

first_imgIn this industry roundup, we’ve collected five of the best places (and resources) to pitch your documentary film projectsIt’s amazing what you can learn from someone who’s been there and done that. When you’re first starting off in film and video, everything about the industry seems so daunting. However, once you get into the industry and start building your career, you quickly learn that most people are just figuring it out as they go along — just like you.Documentaries have always seemed that way to me. Sure you can go shoot them for fun, but the divide between personal documentary projects and what you ultimately see on television and the big screen seems very wide — even if the quality of the content doesn’t.Luckily, I was able to pick the brain of a documentary producer who saw no divide at all. All that matters is what you know and who you know to talk to. The rest just comes down to making the connections then bringing good pitches (or finished projects) to the table.Public Broadcasting ServiceImage via fivepointsix.Perhaps one of the best first places an up-and-coming documentarian can look to pitch their project would be the good people at PBS (Public Broadcasting Service). These Public Broadcasting Services (in the United States, at least) are great champions of the independent documentarian. And while there is a national public broadcasting resource that is, perhaps, the best place to pitch, you can always consider local public broadcasting services and television stations well when you’re first getting started.Cable Television NetworksImage via CatwalkPhotos.According to my source, these can be some of your most lucrative and career-friendly resources for full-time documentary filmmakers. Cable television networks like the History Channel and National Geographic are always looking for new content, features, and series. If you can find a connection (it’s not impossible, they’re always looking for new pitches), these networks are great places to pitch documentary concepts and ideas. It helps to have a demo reel already, but they are more in the business of hearing ideas than greenlighting budgeted projects.Premium Cable NetworksImage via Microgen.Obviously, like all television, premium cable networks are changing quickly from traditional broadcast styles to modern streaming options, but some of the major “premium” cable networks like HBO and Showtime are still big players in documentary content. Similar to regular cable television networks looking for new ideas and series, HBO and Showtime (and HBO in particular) are often the gold standard for a documentary producer. They hear lots of pitches, but they are also often looking for already-finished documentary projects (usually spotted at major film festivals) to add to their broadcast and streaming libraries.Online Streaming ServicesImage via nampix.Now to the biggest players: the major online streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. The industry is quickly shifting direction, and they know it. It’s hard to see how the numbers add up because they don’t release box office-style stats, but we do know that they are all fighting with each other for the best new content — and that can often include documentary features and series. Pitching to them is not quite the same as the traditional media (although Netflix has come a long way in a short amount of time). However, if you have a good idea or an already great project, they are definitely worth pitching to if you can get their attention.Digital Content OutletsImage via guruXOX.If you’re into shooting documentary content that is less feature-length and more online-friendly, there are actually probably more avenues available to you than you’d think. Digital news outlets (like Vice — probably the best example) have been pushing online documentary content for several years now, looking to capture audiences on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. If you can create viral-minded content for these social media-based pages, then you may be able to build bit-by-bit from there to pitch to bigger agencies in the future.Cover image by Alzbeta.For more documentary filmmaking advice and insights, check out some of these articles below.7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryInterview: Tips for Crowdfunding Over $100,000 for Your Documentary ProjectsHow To Find the Right Subject for Your DocumentaryInterview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”Documentary Editing Tips for Working with Lots of Footagelast_img read more