Spark celebrates Kiwis who celebrate the rainbow community with '#thankstoyou' work via Colenso

Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 10.52.32 am.jpgFor Pride 2018, Spark is celebrating the organisations and individuals who have helped move forward perceptions and attitudes towards rainbow communities over the years. The campaign, created by Colenso BBDO, invites Kiwis who have been positively influenced by the rainbow community and its allies to voice their appreciation by saying #thankstoyou. 
#Thankstoyou acknowledges that the efforts of individuals and organisations within the rainbow community over the years now mean that younger generations are growing up in a country that's becoming more accepting, loving and respectful.

The key creative from the campaign shows real life couple, Chris Paul Hunter and Marc Hobson with their young son Lucas David Hunter-Hobson at home in Christchurch, beautifully illustrating the happiness of a rainbow family growing up in a supportive and loving environment.
To mark Pride 2018, Spark has announced a partnership with OUTLine - a confidential telephone support and face-to-face counselling service available to the LGBTQI+ community and their families and friends. Thanks to OUTLine, Kiwi rainbow communities and their families have had a place to go for resources and support since 1972.
Says Rhonda Koroheke, Spark's lead for diversity: "The work that OUTLine has done over the years has helped so many people. The notion that something as little as a moment of connection can have a big impact in someone's life is something that really resonates with Spark."
Says Duncan Matthews, manager of OUTLine: "I'm really proud and thankful that OUTLine is Spark's first partnership in the LGBTQI+ community. With our 0800 service this seems on the surface as the perfect match, but the partnership runs deeper than that. I'm looking forward to working alongside Spark as we work together with the common goal of making Aotearoa a more accepting place for all."
The campaign launched today, backed by social content shared over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Client: Spark
Clive Ormerod, GM Customer & Marketing
Sarah Williams, Head of Brand, Communications and Experience
Frith Wilson-Hughes, Social Communications Manager
Hamish Wood, Senior Customer Experience & Insights Partner
Agency: Colenso BBDO
Media: PHD
Director: Jamie Lawrence
Production company: Eight and Colenso Studios


Bill said:

Spark: We also accept gay people's money.

Mark said:

You sick people

Anna said:

Being gay is normal! There's nothing wrong with being gay! It's natural! Perfectly normal! It's so normal that we have to tell you it's normal all the time.

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