Latest freelance workDecember 16th, 2007
Since completing my full-time contract at Lawson in September, I have been grateful to work on three major freelance contracts that have kept me “in practice” as I await my cruise-job adventure which will set sail in January.
Bethanys Hope Foundation is a London-based charity that directly funds its own research laboratory working to cure Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD). Londoners may be familiar with the Foundation’s signature fundraising event: The Hawk Rocks the Park. The charity was founded by Dave and Lindey McIntyre, whose daughter Bethany passed away after a heroic battle with MLD. I was incredibly fortunate to work with the Foundation as a freelance consultant for two projects, and I must say Dave and Lindey were two of the most wonderful people to work with for their tireless efforts and inspiring commitment to the cause.
The first project for Bethanys Hope was a grant proposal to hopefully fund new laboratory equipment. This was a particularly exciting challenge as I had never before prepared a formal grant proposal – needless to say I learned a lot about the process, and during in-depth interviews with the research team came to understand MLD a lot better! Of course, I cannot post the proposal to the portfolio page.
The second project was equally rewarding: I was given the reigns to completely redesign the annual newsletter for stakeholders – a report on the fundraising and research efforts delivered to the vast community of volunteers and supporters. From interviewing and writing the feature stories and research report, to developing a design concept, through to editing content and laying out the copy – it was rewarding to manage this project from start to finish. The results – Bethanys Hope’s redesigned annual newsletter – are on the portfolio page.
The third freelance project I took on during these months was for the London District Catholic School Board, and was work proposed to me by a teacher at my former high school (here’s to keeping connections with meaningful people!). This teacher is launching a new specialized curriculum program in manufacturing, and wished to have a promotional poster and informational pamphlet about the program. My solution to the promotional and informational needs makes use of a tabloid-sized page. Unfolded, the front page serves as a poster suitable for guidance offices and classrooms. Folded, it makes a four-page detailed pamphlet outlining the program. The informational poster/pamphlet is also on the portfolio page.