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English: Sight Savers media unit I will be analysing a charity leaflet - Sight Savers,

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Sight Savers Leaflet We live in a society where charity touches many of our day-to-day lives. For example, you open a newspaper and various leaflet's fall out - RSPCA, Christian Aid; when you switch on the television adverts appear pleading the British public for help and to donate money; even modern music is now a new place for charities to get their appeal's across, since the hugely successful Band Aid and Live Aid. Charity fever has taken over the world. Now almost everyone wants to feed the world, help the homeless, save animals and prevent HIV. Amongst all these, it's easy for a reader to get sick and tired of charities, simply dismiss and throw away leaflets that arrive through their letterbox. So it takes a certain kind of appeal and design to grab a reader's attention among the masses. I will be analysing a charity leaflet - Sight Savers, and the effects and techniques it uses to create an original and attention-grabbing leaflet. When the reader first looks at the leaflet, their eyes are drawn to the familiar scene of a young African boy, unclothed, standing sadly, with a small mud-hut in the background. ...read more.


Also the fact that is it only costs 12p appears very shocking to the reader that such a small amount could make such a huge difference to someone's life. It makes a reader feel strangely guilty that to them the amount is so small but it could mean the world to a poorer person. As a result this is very effective as the reader feels they should give money. The logo, which is positioned in the right hand corner of the leaflet, is very effective because it corresponds to the charity. The charity is Sight Savers - which helps to save sight - and the logo is in the shape of an eye. This reinforces the idea that the charity is about saving sight and makes a visual impact upon the reader. In the middle of the eye there is a globe, which symbolises it is a worldwide charity. On opening the leaflet the reader is faced with the full picture of the young African boy and the realisation that the first picture was in fact cropped. ...read more.


The paragraph goes on to explain how "many parents have to rely on their children to act as their guides and carers" due to river blindness. Throughout the paragraph emotive words are used such as "unfortunately", "needlessly" and "suffering" to explain the process of how river blindness effects the victim. The paragraph next to it goes on to inform the reader of the medicine that could be used to prevent river blindness. Again it uses more emotive words like "mere" to describe to amount of money it costs to stop the "pointless" loss of sight". This use of emotive words gives the effect that the writer is trying to force a sad impression on the reader and make them feel sympathetic towards the situation and therefore successfully achieving its aim by making the reader want to give money to the charity. My conclusion is that overall this leaflet is very original and effective due to its shock value. The cropped picture, clever writing techniques such as emotive language and rhetorical questions amount to the leaflet being a persuasive advert rather than an informative advert. Yet, without being a colourful, loud charity leaflet it manages to achieve its goal of grabbing the reader's attention and being informative. By Hannah Evans ...read more.

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