MegaReach firmly believes in fighting for social cohesion. As much as we are sensitive to the opinions of all communities, we are fundamentally committed to tackling social isolation in all its forms, through all possible means. This makes the “Guest Spotlight” programme one of our most treasured initiatives.
Guest Spotlight seeks to provide opportunities for individuals who may struggle to demonstrate their value to the society. We actively seek out such individuals and create opportunities to spotlight their talent, either by organising bespoke events dedicated to them, or by facilitating their contributions to other major events within the social calendar. It is a natural extension of our ongoing collaboration with Timebank South West.
Two events, that closely followed each other, may perhaps help illustrate the unique way in which Guest Spotlight operates in promoting communal harmony. In April 2016, we hosted a bespoke event for Vedat Xhymshiti (www.facebook.com/VedatXhymshiti ), a renowned freelance journalist from Kosovo, to present his experience of undertaking undercover work in war-ravaged Syria. It prompted an animated discussion in an audience in excess of 100 individuals, representing all parts of the community in Plymouth. We were thankful, that in spite of the notable diversity among the contributors, the discussion turned out to be a celebration of that diversity within a commonly shared set of values (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noIMzF-Ma8w ).
In June 2016, we spotlighted Juganaru Adrian, a superbly talented classically-trained musician from Romania who is pioneering his very own brand of “electronic mood music” under the ALIVE project (www.alive-artist.co.uk ). Adrian provided a hugely appreciated, mesmerising interlude to a presentation by a group of junior doctors, who were explaining their stance on the industrial dispute that had, at that point in time, led to several stoppages of work. Again, the audience, representative of the general public of Plymouth, contributed actively to the highly engaging discussion. Both events were organised at no cost to the presenters and admission was free to the general public. MegaReach is grateful to the University of Plymouth for offering their superb conference facilities free of charge for the events.
We believe that each individual has gifts that are both unique and wonderful. Spotlighting those talents not only enhances the sense of self-worth of each individual, but also adds to the cohesion and identity of the society they form a part of. MegaReach will always be committed to actively promoting that process. Please do contact us if you, or anyone known to you, would benefit from our next spotlight. The stage is all yours!