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14th annual World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu, Kenya
14th annual World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu, Kenya

The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation is seeking a Video Editor to edit and assemble recorded raw camera footage, dialogue and audio recordings into a feature length, broadcast video documenting the Foundation’s charitable work in Kenya.

For the last 14 years, the Foundation, a delegation of doctors’ and volunteers have visited Kenya, hosting many events for orphans, artists, dancers and on December 1st, the World AIDS Marathon is held, attracting runners from all over East Africa and worldwide. The running event is for runners of all abilities and ages as there is a wheelchair division, half marathon, relay teams, children’s runs. The 2019 World AIDS Marathon was the best year to date, sponsoring 4 orphan dinner-dances for 1,197 orphans and provided medical care for 698 orphans. For more information, visit: https://conta.cc/2ZzBbiK

The purpose of the film is to encourage Kenyans and everyone to stay safe and at home in light of COVID‑19. The video will showcase the Foundation's love for Kenya, it’s land, animals and people for the past 14 years, testimonial from those who have made the trip and singers showcasing various original and Kenyan songs. During this time of uncertainty, the video’s content and inspirational ideas rejuvenates the hope and confidence that at some point in the not too distant future this situation will be behind us and in 2020, the Foundation will make its 15th visit to Kenya with a renewed fervor. All of the proceeds will benefit the Foundation and the Kenyan projects it supports.

Richard Brodsky, the Founder and President of the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation, and his wife Jodi have been married for 40 years, the same number of years Richard has been living with HIV and brain cancer. Richard is now age 67 and according to internet searches, is the only marathon runner who is also living with HIV and is a brain cancer survivor. Richard ran 5 marathons and Jodi ran 6 marathons in 2019. Says Richard, "I may not be a brain surgeon or rocket scientist but one thing I did figure out...if you are able to help others, you feel good about yourself and if you feel good about yourself, you can run marathons!" Richard’s wife Jodi has agreed to run a marathon with him for his 100th birthday.

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About Richard M. Brodsky Foundation

Location:

1247 Mara Court, Atlantic Beach, NY 11509, US

Mission Statement

The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation focuses on raising awareness that while AIDS is a global health threat, it is destabilizing the continent of Africa.

A LACK OF DOCTORS, MEDICINE, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, CLEAN DRINKING WATER & NUTRITIOUS FOOD COMBINED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF POVERTY, HUNGER, MALARIA & TUBERCULOSIS is the reason why 2/3 of the people dying from AIDS are from sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, 1 child in 19 will die before their 5th birthday and one of the leading causes of death is hunger. There are 15,100,000 AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation exists to: (1) Improve the lives of people affected by HIV and cancer both in Africa and America with a strong emphasis on helping orphans and children; (2) Raise awareness to government, business and society that people living with HIV and cancer can lead healthy productive lives if they have access to medical care and medicine; (3) Encourage others living with HIV to disclose their HIV-status, remaining silent only perpetuates the stigma; (4) Provide social activities for people living with HIV and cancer, for i.e., not charging people living with these illnesses to participate in local 5K Events; (5) Encourage people with HIV and cancer to lead a healthy, upbeat lifestyle; (6) Run faster marathons as I age and to raise awareness that people, even those living with HIV and cancer, can reverse their aging process, even if it is just for a decade or two; (7) Provide nourishing meals and medical care at festive orphan dances in conjunction with the World AIDS Marathon; and (7) Raise money for research, new treatments, cures and/or vaccines that would extend the lives of people living with HIV and cancer.

Description

Oversight

Net proceeds from the Foundation's fundraising efforts will be distributed as follows:

The Foundation's annual World AIDS Marathon: 100% to AIDS and cancer projects as noted on the Projects We Support webpage for Research, Living Aid and International.

The Foundation's annual 5K AIDS/Cancer Run/Walk: 100% to AIDS and cancer projects as noted on the Projects We Support webpage for AIDS and Cancer Projects in Long Island, New York. Toiletry/gift items will be collected for people living with HIV and or cancer, and toys will be collected for children living with cancer.

Fundraising

12th annual World AIDS Marathon on World AIDS Day, 2017, Kisumu, Kenya, plus providing medical care at 4 festive orphan dinner dances on November 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2017

6th annual Great Neck North High School co-ed faculty basketball game as part of March Madness, March 23, 2017.

9th annual 5K AIDS Cancer Run walk on June 12, 2016 (date to be confirmed). Only AIDS run or walk on Long Island

6th annual benefit concert at Backstage Nite Club (location to be confirmed) in Woodmere, December 2017 or January 2018. Retrofestivals.org and Allan Spielman organize the Event.

How and Why the Foundation Came Into Being

In 1997, Richard Brodsky was diagnosed HIV-positive. Later in 2002, Richard suffered a seizure whose root cause turned out to be brain cancer unrelated to his HIV. He then underwent months of treatment for that, recovering in time to run the 2003 New York Marathon. Upon completing the Marathon, it occurred to him that he owed his life to the excellent medical care we have here in the United States - and felt there was no good reason why people in poorer countries shouldn't be afforded the same type of care. Thus, the seeds of the Foundation were planted. Even though the Foundation had not yet received its non-profit status, in 2004 Richard organized the World AIDS Marathon in Mbita, Kenya, whose proceeds helped to partially fund an AIDS orphanage there.

The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation exists to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and Cancer, and to continue to provide outreach programs that impact the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and Cancer.

Fast forward to 2017, Richard has been running his fastest 5Ks ever and recently ran his fastest marathon since his cancer diagnosis. Says Richard, 'people can reverse their aging process, even those living with HIV and cancer." At age 63, he completed the July 24, 2016, Nova Scotia Marathon in a time of 03:53:30.

Richard M. Brodsky Foundation - PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation has partnered with the White House to become a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service. This National Award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, to help foster and encourage a culture of volunteer service and civic participation among Americans. We encourage everyone to get involved and to encourage your family, friends and neighbors to create opportunities to change our local and global community. Together, we can make difference one life at a time. Please contact us for more information about partnering with the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation.

Health & Medicine
International
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WHEN

Mon Jun 15, 2020 - Mon Aug 31, 2020

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Visual Arts
  • Video Production
  • TV Production
  • Audio-Visual
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • 2 hour/week. However, any amount of additional available time would be appreciated.
  • Qualified candidates of all ages will be considered.

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