BREAKING NEWS! PORT FAIRY CLAIMS THE TITLE!

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The town’s name dances on the waters of the Moyne in this SUPER SHOT by Jemma Stormer.

On Monday, November 26th, the PORT FAIRY delegation stood tall for their town and accepted the title of the WORLD’S MOST LIVEABLE SMALL TOWN AWARD in Al Ain in the United Emirates Republic. Beating two towns from it’s early roots in Ireland where many of the district’s original pioneers and immigrants came from.The delegation headed by Mayor Jim Doukas, CEO David Madden and Community representative Margaret Watts were excited not just for themselves, but the whole community. The group carried with them a package of FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras postcards; a gift of friendship and goodwill. The postcards hopefullyhave been passed onto people and children attending the judging and event. With all the heartache currently happening in the district, we hope that this will be a star on the horizon which will lead to a groudswell of recognition and increased awareness oof the picturesque town and ballooning of tourist numbers. FOCUS FORCE is proud to been able to offer the KIDzPIKz postcards on behalf of the young Port Fairy consolidated students and their peers who participated in the program. We hope that we may be able to build on this!

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About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

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