British award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker Michele D’Acosta is seeking to transform the lives of 170 African polio victims who are struggling to stay alive in the former British colony of Sierra Leone.
With the help of an international photography competition, D’Acosta’s goal is to bring global attention to the desperate plight of these forgotten people – and use her photo-journalism as a tool to help leverage medical attention, food, clean water and proper housing for the men, women and children that live in cramped and unsanitary conditions in a bombed out building on Pademba Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Michele D’Acosta began her film and television career as a reporter for the BBC – reporting on the break-up of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s and then going on to produce a slew of television documentaries with the high profile and controversial director, Nick Broomfield. However, it wasn’t until D’Acosta had a wake-up call to change her life from television producer to a photographer and filmmaker working for positive social change that she took (for her) the unusual step of submitting her images of polio victims to the fifth annual EXPOSURE photography competition hosted by the See Me Gallery in New York City.
The winner of the EXPOSURE competition will be decided by public vote. More importantly, if she wins, D’Acosta will donate the winning prize money of $1,500 to set up a fund to kick-start a lifeline of financial support and medical help for these forgotten polio victims.
It is Michele’s personal belief that a country is judged by the wellbeing of its most vulnerable citizens. Sierra Leone is one of the ten poorest countries in the world and one of top ten diamond producing countries in the world. In supporting this critical Worldwide Wave of Action — please join her in taking action on behalf of disabled people whose plight is invisible to the mainstream media.
To vote now, click on https://icosta.see.me/exposure2014. Voting closes on Monday March 31st, 2014.
For more information, Michele can be reached at Michele@thepeaceproject.com By phone on +44 (0) 7417436097, on Twitter @michelepeaceday or Skype at micheleadacosta.
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Today’s Poetry Challenge is to re-write Frank O’Hara’s Lines for the Fortune Cookies.
The ideal fortune is a one-liner. Please send me your ideas for fortune cookies!
Here are my offerings:
Which came first the fortune cookie or the egg?
The future starts any minute now.
When I look into your eyes I see a Do Not Disturb sign.
Your dream is still to be claimed by you.
Run your own marathon race don’t walk a mile in my shoes.
If you’re going somewhere over the rainbow take an umbrella.
Instead of taking the stairs two at a time live on the ground floor.
Every picture tells a story so where’s yours?
Invisible ink is no reflection on you.
The next person who asks you to dance will understand you.
Enlightenment for Dummies? Be Zen for the hell of it!
If you want to meet me in person leave your gun home.
You can take a horse to water but don’t expect the horse to pay for the drinks.