Marie-Vincent Foundation’s free street media stunt opens eyes

A chalk outline of a little girl with pigtails is hard to ignore, especially when it's accompanied by the line 'Sexual Abuse Kills Childhoods.'

A chalk outline of a little girl with pigtails is hard to ignore, especially when it’s accompanied by the line ‘Sexual Abuse Kills Childhoods.’

The faux crime scene guerrilla effort is part of the latest campaign from the Montreal-based Marie-Vincent Foundation, which raises awareness about child abuse.

‘We thought, without any money, if we have a stunt, people will talk about it,’ says Michèle Petitclerc, AD at Montreal-based TAM-TAMTBWA. ‘It’s a conversation piece.’

The campaign, which launched in late April, includes a 30-second TV spot that also plays on the idea, as well as OOH efforts that depict the faux crime scenes. The Montreal guerrilla effort, done with the co-operation of the municipal government, used eco-friendly graffiti paint that the agency removed after two weeks.

‘With this type of issue, there’s no grey area. You need to be very, very strong. But there’s a fine line you can’t cross,’ explains CD Hugues Choquette. ‘People are sensitive about this cause, so you need to get their attention without making them close their eyes.’

The stunt garnered free press coverage by outlets like La Presse.

client: Jean Saint-Onge, president, board of directors; Dominique Richard, executive director; Eliane Francoeur,

co-ordinator, Marie-Vincent Foundation

agency: TAM-TAMTBWA

CD: Hugues Choquette

copywriter: Maryse Chartrand

AD: Michèle Petitclerc

account services: Valérie Bossé, Mélanie Beaudoin

print poduction: Michelle Turbide

computer graphics: Marie-Hélène Cimon

prodco: Klaxon

director: Pierre Drouin

sound: Audio Z