Why I'm fundraising for RPT

Why I'm fundraising for RPT
Monday, 30 January 2017 Written by Kate Garner, Fundraising, RPT

Next month, British freelance cameraman Adam Gnych will be running 10km through London’s Victoria Park to raise money for our work. Here he talks to RPT's Kate Garner about his fundraiser and why freelancers need more support than ever. 

Kate: Hi Adam, tell us more about your run - and how's the training going?   

Adam: On Sunday 26 February, I'll be running 10km around Victoria Park in East London. At the moment I’m hoping to raise £1,000, but I’d love to exceed that. 

As for training, I did my first loop of the track the other day. I won’t lie – it took me a while! But I know I can do it. I saw the training that went into AFP London’s Tough Mudder last year – if they can prepare for the obstacles they faced, I’m sure I can do this! 

Kate: Your run will be RPT’s first fundraiser of 2017. It's also the first freelance-led fundraiser in some years, which is great. Our latest fundraising events have been organised by individuals or organisations who often work alongside freelancers. 

Adam
: I'm honoured to be the first freelancer in a while to raise money for you guys. I’ve been planning to do something like this for some time now. You’ve done a lot for me and my colleagues over the years, and I’d like to return the favour in some way. I know first-hand what it’s like to be that freelancer in need of support - it's important that the Trust is there for us.

Kate: A lot of your recent work has been focussed on south-east Asia – what was it like to work there as a freelancer? 

Adam: Like anywhere, it had its own region-specific challenges. I worked mostly with international news outlets in the two and a half years I lived in Bangkok, and it was sometimes hard to generate interest from western audiences - and even harder to pitch stories to editors. 

I've always been interested in the border area between Myanmar and Thailand, and the situation for refugees there, and things like that. It's an amazing place - almost stuck in time. But there's not quite so much demand for those kinds of stories - everyone was so focussed on Aung San Suu Kyi and the elections. 
Image credit: Adam Gnych
Image credit: Adam Gnych
Image credit: Adam Gnych
Image credit: Adam Gnych
Image credit: Adam Gnych
Image credit: Adam Gnych
Image credit: Adam Gnych
Kate: It sounds like the independence of freelancing suited you there?

Adam: It did, but of course I had to be wary of the usual things - my safety for one. In the beginning, in Bangkok, there were lots of protests taking place and it could be quite unpredictable. Things could change very fast. As a freelancer, you stick together in those sorts of situations, moving about in groups. But you still need to consider the risks posed to you and your colleagues when working in potentially dangerous and hostile environments. 

Kate: Absolutely, we encourage all freelancers to undertake safety training. 

Adam: Yes, I was directed to my particular course through your team. Jeroen Oerlemans - the Dutch freelance photojournalist killed in Libya last year - was on my hostile environment training course. I was affected by his death. That was another motivation for why I chose to raise money for the Trust. Jeroen was prudent, and very smart – he had done everything right.

If you'd like to support Adam's fundraiser, donate at his Just Giving page here.

Image credits: Adam Gnych
 

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