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The Royal College of Physicians AV team supports community project raising awareness of knife crime

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) meetings and events AV team are donating their time and equipment in support of a project aimed at raising awareness of the rise in knife crime in the local community.

The project, taking place in Camberwell, London, involves melting down two tonnes of knives that have been collected by Police to form a sculpture which will sit in a peace garden in the Walworth Methodist Church.  Three members of the iconic venue’s AV team are helping the cause by contributing their skills to film several interviews with those involved in the project, as well as creating motion graphics and a visual aid that can be used on the fundraising website. The team also plans to film the unveiling of the sculpture which is due to take place at the opening ceremony in September this year.  

The sculpture, which was designed by students of Chelsea and Camberwell Colleges of Art, is expected to cost around £8,000 to produce and will be created by local artists. The construction of the peace garden is due to start in July, with all equipment and labour being donated by a local construction team.

Abdulrahman Musa-Johnson, one of the organisers of the project, says: “In Camberwell there is a significant amount of knife crime which is having a massive effect on our community. This project has been created to break down the social barriers that affect our everyday lives and create a peace garden where people can reflect and get to know members of the community.

“We are thrilled to have the AV team from the RCP involved and we are very grateful for the time and effort they are willing to put in to help with the project.”

Ben Pain, Audio Visual, Technical and Media Services Manager at the RCP, adds: “When Abdulrahman first approached the team at the beginning of June, we instantly wanted to get involved in whatever way we could. Apart from being a great cause, the idea of what the sculpture and garden will represent for the community is touching and something we wanted to be a part of.”

More information about the project, including some of some of the work the RCP AV team have done so far, can be found here.