LUMO partners with Canva to launch the Billboards For Good Initiative

LUMO partners with Canva to launch the Billboards For Good Initiative

In an industry first, LUMO Digital Outdoor has teamed up with global visual communications platform Canva to supply charities with free creative support and outdoor campaigns. 

Under the new first-of-its-kind partnership, New Zealand-based charities will be eligible to apply for a free end-to-end awareness campaign. The Canva design team will supply creative and design support and LUMO has provided inventory across LED screens in Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Christchurch and Wellington. 

Billboards for Good is set to kick off at the end of February with Voices of Hope, a charity breaking the stigma around mental illness to decrease suicide rates, the first to benefit from the partnership. 

The partnership is the latest initiative from LUMO Digital Outdoor, a long-time supporter of-not-for-profit organisations. The outdoor media company has supported over 30 charities over the last 12 months promoting messages of awareness and fundraising drives across their nationwide network of 41 screens. 

Hamish Smith, Chief Marketing Officer at LUMO says he hopes this initiative inspires others in the ad industry to use the power of media for good by making the important work of not-for-profit organisations more visible. 

“We are approached on an almost daily basis by charities and non-for-profits at LUMO. These organisations are often understaffed and lack resources; as such they struggle to deliver great creative to make these campaigns effective. So, it was only natural Canva got on board to help these groups deliver great creative and get in front of wider audiences. For us it’s about being able to help raise awareness and provide support to the community how we can, and this partnership gives us another opportunity to do that.”

The LUMO and Canva partnership kicks off in New Zealand, yet it is a model both companies are hoping to expand internationally in the future.

Robyn King, Head of Social Impact at Canva says "We’re excited to partner with LUMO to support some amazing, yet under-resourced, local nonprofits by leveraging Canva's unique design skills to create campaign assets for the Billboards for Good initiative. One of Canva’s guiding values is ‘to be a force for good’ and we hope this is the first of many collaborations to help shine a light on a range of worthy causes and amplify the impact of nonprofits." 

Co-Founder and General Manager of Voices of Hope, Genevieve Mora says: “We know that the work we do at Voices of Hope impacts many and to be able to reach even more people with the support of Lumo and Canva is incredible. We are very grateful for this opportunity and excited to see the impact it has on Kiwis. Mental health is something we all have and we hope these messages remind people that the world is better with them in it.”

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