In September 2015 representatives from the Broadcast Division travelled to London to do a New Product Introduction presentation to 40 girls who were taking part in the Stemettes.
The Stemettes is a voluntary group formed in 2013 to encourage girls and women in the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Their mission is to inspire the next generation of females in STEM fields by showing them inspirational women already in STEM fields. Over the six-week summer holidays, girls aged 12 to 22 were selected to spend the summer in a house in London as part of the Outbox Incubator Programme. The programme started with a three-week germination period; a demo day where they pitched their ideas to a panel who offered support and pledged money; then a further four weeks where the ideas were refined with the ultimate goal of going live.
The Broadcast Division representatives presented to the girls on how to turn an idea into an actual product. They used one of the Group’s current New Product Initiative projects and asked the girls to come up with ideas on how to improve it.
Continuing educational support
Vitec has continued its support of Kingston University’s Television and Video Technology department. Further to financial donations made over several years, the Company agreed to provide the time and services of certain employees to provide training for students at the university in the use of broadcast equipment and other general broadcast training. This included giving over 200 students the opportunity to use the Company’s broadcast and photographic equipment including Vinten, Manfrotto and Autoscript products.
The Camera Corps business provided six QBall cameras to Ravensbourne College for their Broadcast Engineering Degree Show in June 2015 to support further education in the broadcast industry. The Broadcast business based in Bury St Edmunds supported the William & Ellen Vinten Trust with employees offering their time at the Smallpiece Trust workshop for aspiring young engineers.
Manfrotto Italy held their fourth edition of the Cheru Cup in June 2015, an annual football event involving four teams of employees to mark the life of a former employee who passed away. The event raised money which was donated to “Citta della Speranza” a local Italian foundation helping children suffering from onco hematology diseases.
Picture of Life
In 2015, Manfrotto Italy won a Positive Business Award from Palo Alto School for their Picture of Life educational photography programme which was launched in 2014 for young people from underprivileged backgrounds. The 2015 programme saw participants from the Jonathan Rehabilitation Centre in Scisciano, Italy and from the Donna Chiama Donna association in Vicenza, Italy embark on a three month educational programme that led towards a professional qualification in theoretical and practical photography lessons provided by teachers from the Manfrotto School of Xcellence. The course provided each participant with photographic equipment including a camera, tripod, bag and lighting equipment and all of the creations were exhibited in Bassano during the international photography biennale, Bassano Fotografia. The programme has since been extended to the US with the NYC Salt organisation and the UK with the BID Association based in Birmingham.
Local Community Donations
The Broadcast Division’s site in Cartago, Costa Rica invests many hours supporting the community including sponsoring the local Red Cross Committee and a nursery which is located in the same business park. Employees also volunteer their time at a local community residence and nursing home.
The Manfrotto business in New Jersey and the Broadcast Division’s Shelton site both took part in the Toys for Tots campaign, collecting Christmas gifts for abused, underprivileged and institutionalised children in their local areas. Similarly, the Bexel business in Burbank held their own toy and supplies drive to support the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Glendale Humane Society.
The Group head office in Richmond in 2015 made a total donation of £10,000 to several charities including Alzheimer’s Research UK, Blue Ventures, Combat Stress, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Live Life Give Life, Smile Train, The Brain Tumour Charity, Tommy’s, West London Day Centre and Women for Women International.
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