Behind the Scenes exhibition in aid of Raleigh International

3rd March 2013

Eddie Botsio, award winning BBC journalist and photographer, takes us 'Behind the Scenes' for his latest photography exhibition showcasing British media and public figures in a relaxed mode.

Sales from the exhibition will go to Raleigh International’s bursary scheme, helping to give more young people, whatever their background, the opportunity to take part in our life-changing expeditions working with communities abroad.

Eddie has been a valued member of Raleigh’s board of trustees since 2006. He has travelled to Namibia where he witnessed firsthand the impact of our projects on the communities and individuals involved saying of Raleigh, “It’s an experience that genuinely transforms lives.”

The exhibition features several familiar faces in the UK media including, Lord Chris Patten and his grand-daughters, newsreaders Kate Silverton, Sian Williams (BBC), Julie Etchingham (ITV News), BBC Radio 1 DJ’s Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac and public figures such as Theo Paphitis and former Paralympian, Ade Adepitan.

Eddie commented, “It’s a privilege to photograph these people of ability and achievement. They’re all talented, inspirational characters, many of whom have encouraged and supported me over the years. I’m grateful that they’ve also been willing to reveal their private side in support of Raleigh International’s bursary scheme for disadvantaged young people.”

The opening night of the exhibition also saw the auctioning of two very special images from Eddie’s collection; one of Rosa Parks, inspiration to the American Civil Rights Movement and one of Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela. The profits from these sales also went to Raleigh International.

The Images are displayed at the Reading Room Gallery, Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 3JR until 26 April 2013.

Eddie has been a keen photographer for many years. This exhibition combines his talents and passion for photography with his contacts in the media world, all whilst raising funds for Raleigh’s bursary programme. As Eddie has done, we also encourage our volunteers to do something they enjoy when fundraising; it is much easier to be passionate and enthusiastic about something when you have a genuine interest in it.

If, like Eddie, you are interested in photography or art, exhibitions or online auctions can be a great way to fundraise for a Raleigh expedition or programme. Why not take photos or do sketches of your friends and family, and see how much they would be willing to pay for your work? Combine it with a bake sale, or a free gig and you’ll be on your way to your target in no time!

Exhibitions are also a great way to share and use your Raleigh experience in a positive way upon your return home. On our International Citizen Service programme, all participants take part in an Action@Home project in their own community. This activity is an opportunity for volunteers to create awareness of the issues they encountered whilst abroad and explain the difference they have made. Exhibitions, film production and screenings are all fantastic ways to engage your community with issues you may have encountered and share your experiences with friends and family.

Marcus Brent-Smith, who took part in a Raleigh ICS programme in Nicaragua last year, has created a film titled Plastic Waste for his Action @ Home project. Having encountered some of the issues around the importance of recycling in Nicaragua, he decided to look into this in his own community and also attempt to reduce his own plastic waste. He used his talents as a film-maker to document his experiences in this film.