Every year 6th graders do a project called Dragon’s Apprentice when they create, market, and produce a product to everyone in our school. Our part of Dragon’s Apprentice was to create a video to persuade the 6th grade to vote and then donate to a charity of our choosing.
The charity we chose was a small one in central Vietnam called Heartbeat Vietnam. When watching their ad it was quite emotional to see a child stuck to a bed unable to play with his friends and live a childhood. This charity gave a normal life to children that don’t and cannot afford normal, by delivering heart surgeries for their genital heart disease. Being the only charity that performed surgeries for this defected organ in Vietnam, I would only believe that it was crowded with donors and very well funded yet I was shocked to see that not enough people care. It was to the point that they abandoned their own website. With still a large percentage of children in poverty requiring these heart surgeries, I thought it would be the right thing to do if I represented this charity and gave that heartbeat to the ones in need.
To make this video appealing to our 6th-grade audience, we used clips from Heartbeat Vietnam’s ads and added a few clips of our own so people can get a full understanding with ease. To have a picture in their mind of everyday life of a child born with a defective heart, people wouldn’t understand how it felt to be tied to a bed and walking around with it like used in the original ad so we decided to allow them to imagine how it felt to not play their favorite sports. We used Heartbeat Vietnam’s add next as it was high in pathos making the viewer want to know how they can help. After, to finish it off, we used a clip of an English reporter explaining this charity and how one surgery can greatly affect a child’s life as she shows many children finally being able to walk without a problem.
When doing this assignment I saw that I am quite fortunate to be born healthy and alive, however, it is really heartbreaking since I saw thousands of people unable to live and experience the great adventures life takes you on and I believe that no matter who you are, everyone deserves a shot at life. Even though we didn’t win at the end, I still thought we won in another way since Heartbeat Vietnam used our video by putting it on their main facebook page and it received hundreds of shares and many views.