David MacLauchlan, the producer of “Spirit of Life” TV program on Channel 31 (on which I have been a guest a couple of times) has asked me to do what I can to drum up financial support to keep his program on air. I am including below the text of his “Sponsorship Call”. If you feel moved by the Spirit to help in any way, please do! (PS. you can view old programs on-line on their website).
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Spirit of Life is a multi-denominational Christian program consisting of in depth interviews with people from all areas of Christian life, from many denominations across the whole range of the Christian community.
It goes to air on C31 on Mondays at 11:30pm and currently with repeats of each weeks program on the following Thursday at 9am and in the early hours of Sunday morning at 5am. The interviews for the program are filmed, sometimes several weeks ahead of the program going to air, in the C31 Community Studio, at the C31 offices, in the City.
One of the aims of the program is to show the diversity of the Christian Community both to itself and to the wider community. It’s format gives the time for the in depth telling of the stories of the people interviewed. Lately, since last January we have been doing two programs in a row with most guests.
The program was originally started by myself, David McLauchlan and Mirella Rich (nee Killingsworth). Due to the birth of her child in December 2008 Mirella had to stop being involved with the program after being Coproducer and the main interviewer since it started in 2004. Because both myself and Mirella were from a Catholic background the program has featured many Catholic guests, though over the years we have also developed a lot of contacts across the wider Christian community.
Some of the guests the program has featured in the past year have included, Sam Clear, from Youth Mission Team Australia, who walked around the world for Christian Unity, Mark Bateman from Chaplaincy Australia, Sr. Rachel Fleurant from the Missionaries of God’s Love, Stewart Kohinga, a Christian musician, Jason Davies-Kildea, a Captain in the Salvation Army, Rev. Kevin Brown the Director of Studies of Kingsley Bible College and Alexandra Bekiaris a Christian Film Producer.
The programs web site has streaming video of current and past programs available in wmv format. It is produced through the not for profit Community Television Incorporated Association, Northern Access Television, which is one of the member groups of the Melbourne Community Television Consortium, which owns and operates Melbourne C31. For further information, visit the station’s web sites: www.nat.org.au and www.c31.org.au
CALLING FOR SPONSORSHIP
As producer of Spirit Of Life I have been able to keep the program going out of my own resources, supporting myself for the past eight years as a self employed freelance video producer. Recently however my financial situation has deteriorated, to the effect that I may not be able to keep the program going without significant ongoing sponsorship.
The sponsorship levels I have devised as shown here are a guide to what I am able to offer potential sponsors as acknowledgement for their support. The rules of C31 make it difficult to offer much more than this to acknowledge sponsors. In any case I would prefer to attract sponsors who are willing to support the program for its intrinsic value rather than any advertising value it may have. One off donations would also be welcome – however neither donations or sponsorship by an individual is tax deductible because I am a not a registered charity. Sponsorship by a business however, would be deductible as an advertising expense. In addition to this, another proposal I have come up with in order to assist me in keeping the program going, is to ask potential sponsors to consider an interest free loan to me in order to enable me to upgrade my equipment.
This would make it easier for me to continue earning sufficient income as a freelance video producer to be able to keep the program going.
Over the past 8 years the standard of my equipment has deteriorated due to both its age and the advances in technology in that time, particularly the introduction of the
new HD formats. This has affected the amount of work I can attract using my current equipment. Because I earn so little from my freelance work I am unable to either qualify for or afford a normal loan. I would probably need around $15,000 to $20,000 to restore my equipment to the equivalent level, relative to the advances in technology since then, that it was at 8 years ago.
For details on how you can become a Spirit of Life sponsor, see the Spirit of Life website here.