Thursday , 20 July 2017

Shaw Cable Wins Crimestoppers Award for Date Rape Video

Crimestoppers award

Shaw Cable has won the Best Television Special Reports from the  Crimestoppers International Media Award with co-operation from local businesses.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O-Brien accepted the award on behalf of Shaw TV at the recent Crime Stoppers conference in Toronto, Ontario, for the best re-enactment of the date rape issue in Nanaimo.

Shaw in partnership with Nanaimo Crimestoppers beat out 26 countries to win the award for communities with populations up to 300,000.

O’Brien says the video shot last fall was the biggest re-enactment for Crimestoppers, as the date rape drug was becoming a big concern.

“We realized we had to do something,” says O’Brien.
So a casting call was put out and actors from Spotlight Academy donated their time for the video.

A night club setting was simulated and shot in the Spice Lounge (now Koncept Nightclub).
“There was a prevalent issue of the date rape drug,” says Jerry Hong, who owned the Spice Lounge.
“When Gary O’Brien asked if we could shoot it in a bar to give it a more realistic reenactment, I was willing to help them out. We did the full effects of the light and music.”

Jacqui Kaese, owner of Spotlight Academy, says she was willing to help out to get the right message across and delighted to hear that Shaw had won the award.
“I said absolutely we would. The actors volunteered their time as it was for a good cause. It was the message we were getting out.”

O’Brien commended the work of everyone involved and the team at Shaw who gave their time and expertise.
“It was well done, an excellent projection.”
The video can be viewed here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz4UKyN1yx