Photographing BITC Cymru Give and Gain Wales 2017Friday May 19, 2017
Photographing Businesses Supporting Local Communities
The mission was set. I had 7 BITC Cymru Give and Gain Wales projects to photograph in one day. I would start in Newport and end in Porthkerry Park in Barry. It was going to be a long day. But, equally, this was one of my favourite photoshoots of the year. And we managed to get some great photos!
I have been photographing Give and Gain Day for Business In The Community (BITC) since 2014. It is an amazing day when businesses across Wales work on projects in their local communities.
The first photoshoot was with Office for National Statistics at St Michael's Roman Catholic School in Newport. In the morning, they were holding a Food Awareness workshop with the pupils and in the afternoon they were working in the garden area, planting flowers and freshening up the whole area.
Then it was a short drive to Gaer Primary School where a team from Welsh Government were doing some exterior painting and clearing a wooded area.
After quick drive along the M4 took me towards Cardiff and Forest Farm in Whitchurch. A team from ACT Training was working with Green Days (an Innovate Trust project for adults with learning difficulties) on clearing an area near the road for additional parking. This meant moving tonnes of rocks and earth. I was happy just to be taking photographs!
The fourth stop was up the A470 in Aberfan. This was the first time that Public Health Wales had been involved in Give and Gain Day and they were working on the gardens of the Trinity Children and Family Centre. The soil in Aberfan must be very rich, because I don't think I have ever seen a bigger pile of weeds.
Up until then, the weather had been kind to us, but as I got in the car the rain started falling. However, by the time I had driven back down the A470 to Ysgol Ty Coch in Tonteg, it had stopped. My son had attended this fantastic school, which was only a mile away from where I live. This was a project with bells on. There was work going on inside and out. I met some of the people from Trivallis and GE Aviation Wales that I have seen on other Give and Gain Days and charity events like the Ty Hafan Welsh 3 Peaks. As I got into my car the heavens opened.
The next stop was just 1 mile away at Gwaunmeisgyn Primary School in Beddau. Two of my children had attended the school and so I knew it very well. Inprova Energy and Welsh Government were working in the grounds, painting flowers boxes and wooden shelters, and also clearing a pond area. They had both been caught in the heavy downpour, but spirits were still high.
The final project was in Porthkerry Park in Barry. The Monmouthshire Building Society team were clearing rubbish off the rocky beach and Wales & West Utilities were working in the wooden areas, pruning trees and clearing pathways.
BITC Cymru's Give and Gain Day is an amazing event. It brings people and businesses together and I get the opportunity to see and photograph the enthusiasm of all those involved. Many of the projects take longer than just one day to complete and have been worked on during the weeks leading up to Give and Gain Day. Also, work would continue on many of the projects after the event.
I hope other businesses will see the project photographs and get involved in helping their local communities. The benefits are huge, for the local project and the business.
And I even managed to stay dry.
Photos from Give and Gain Wales 2017 can be seen on the Business Events section of my website, along with photos from 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Paul Fears is an industrial and commercial photography based in South Wales. For more information or to discuss a specific photography project, please contact Paul on:
Tel: 07909 103789 or 01443 207773
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