Event professional embarks on African charity mission

Freelance event video producer Peter Boatfield will be embarking on a three-week charity rally to help some of the poorest communities in The Gambia, West Africa.

The Drive To Help rally prepares for departure
The Drive To Help rally prepares for departure

Boatfield will be joined by his sister Hannah, a documentary film maker, who will take part in the Drive To Help rally. It will consist of driving 4,500 miles in a truck to deliver vital medical supplies and equipment to a hospital in The Gambia. 

His involvement in the project is being sponsored by technical production company Metro Broadcast. 

The rally will conist of a convoy of 14 medical professionals, mechanics and documentary film makers driving seven vehicles from Germany to The Gambia's capital, Banjul. The road trip is expected to take three weeks with volunteer drivers sleeping in the vans or tents along the way.

Cargo will include tons of medical supplies, gifts for the local community, electricity generators and toothbrushes. The vans will be also sold on arrival to raise further funds for the hospital.

Boatfield said: "A donation of as little as one euro per patient is enough to counter the funding deficit and keep the hospital open. It’s great that we’ve been able to find corporate sponsors to boost our funds. It will make a real difference. Now all we’ve got to do is get there."

Mary Metcalfe, managing director of Metro Broadcast, added: "We are really pleased to support a cause which is both extremely worthy and has personal ties with our staff and freelance community.  

"It’s a mad mission but Pete is geared up and ready to go. We will all be following his blog on a daily basis and looking forward to watching his own documentary of the journey when he returns."

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