THE MS EUROPA HAS LEFT PORTLAND AFTER MAKING HISTORY ON HER MAIDEN VISIT. WHAT DAY IT WAS, AS A LARGE & DEDICATED FOCUS FORCE KWC RECORDED THE MOMENT FOR POSTERITY & HISTORY.
From early morning meeting on the beach at 7.30 am, the group of children supported by willing parents were ready to meet the camera challenge that would turn a marvelous day. The ship, although arriving late, was truly a magnificent sight and subject.
The day started off dull and overcast, but as it progressed the clouds gave way to brilliant blue skies and sunshine. A perfect backdrop for the FOCUS FORCE FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP to The Europa. Like all events of this type there were glitches and hitches, and further delays. But everyone from KWC to parents took it in their stride and moved on to work on their task of searching for SUPER SHOTS of the first ever cruise liner to Portland. The first indication is that there will be hundreds to choose from.
At just on 10 am the official group were on the dock taking in the view of the ship, and looking for aspects for their SUPER SHOTS. Now, the excitement was building. Then down the gangplank came a ,man dressed in impeccable whites. He introduced him as Christian, and was full of warmth and confidence. He quickly put everybody at their ease, and then escorted the group on board. Entering the lounge area we were invited to a seat in the luxurious chairs and be refreshed by coffee and cool drinks for the kids and parents. Once more, we were introduced to another crew member, Sybille a hostess, she too was true to her title, chatting and being generally interested in the task that the KWC were involved in. It was surprising how little they were aware of the significance of their presence, and their moment in history.
Then into the room strode another man in whites,and was introduced as the Captain and he soon took command of the situation. He was happy to be with us, and welcome the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras.
The FRIENDSHIP ALBUM was delivered to the ship and presented to Captain Damaschke who was a generous host, treating the FOCUS FORCE KWC FRIENSHIP AMBASSADORS as true VIPS. He displayed his heart and being a man of powerful decisive decision making quickly allaying ones awe of the situation and bringing brighter smiles to the entire group. The team stayed on board well beyond their time, touring and photographing the ship, visiting the bridge, and then treated to lunch before disembarking. He finished by offering his own gift to each of the Kids With Cameras to be presented to their schools. And then onto the next part of the day.
We left the ship and returned to the foreshore where another group of FFKWC waited patiently for the return of their coordinator. The small but enthusiastic group participated in a workshop, working on frames and leading lines. Here were seen some great images, including those taken earlier. Walking back along the foreshore the task continued with a parent, Aleisha, who has set up her own photography business added some hints to the group.
Now the day was getting on, and the departure of the EUROPA drawing closer, although an hour later than planned. By 4.30 pm, KWC and parents were returning for the final shoot of the day, and the FOCUS FORCE FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP. Collecting their balloons they took up their positions on the beach and behind the rocks beneath the cliffs beneath the lighthouse. TO BE CONTINUED.
Lastly at this point thanks to all the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras who took part in this mammoth project. You are all to be congratulated and to be proud of your efforts. There will be a an outstanding collection of SUPER SHOTS and exhibition of the best in the months to come. I know that the MS EUROPA will be proud of their participation in the event.