EUROPA SAILS AWAY – AND LEAVING BEHIND A FANTASTIC DAY IN HISTORY.

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AFTER A DELAY OF NEARLY TWO HOURS THE SHIP ON HER MAIDEN VISIT & BEING THE FIRST EVER CRUISE LINER TO DOCK IN THE PORT, DEPARTED THE WATERS OF PORTLAND BAY.

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Above the “official” photograph of some of the Portland FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras gather on Nuns beach for the memory of a memorable day. They had just said good bye with the FOCUS FORCE FAREWELL FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP. The flash being replaced by the release of balloons that rose up the cliff face and lifted high into the sky, floating over the lighthouse and heading inland. They represented Portland, Bundarra & North P schools with Portland Secondary College included.To prepare they returned to the assembly point and filled their balloons with helium gas supplied by Bruce of WELGAS. Then they took their positions behind the rocks at the base of the cliffs and the below lighthouse. As the MS EUROPA sounded her foghorn 3 times that they took their final photo of the day and set the balloons free. So ended a fantastic day on March 8, 2014. Approximately 6.20pm.

ptldpr vf cp-bal Overhead soared the 5 balloons set free from the ships bow which had been given to the Captain by the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADORS on the ships arrival into port in the morning.

Earlier in the day, after the Friendship Ambassadors disembarked from the ship the project on the beach continued. FF Kids With Cameras, many who continued the task throughout the day got into the action by participating in impromptu workshops. They worked on the traditional formats of frames and leading lines and being creative trying to incorporate, with even one attempting to capture a ship in a bottle. 100 REWARD POINTS earned for iniatative. Another rushed by carrying a dahlia. One showed up using his own picture frame. What great imagination and thinkers. Examples of the many hard workers of the entire day. There will be great results to be exhibited. We look forward to the outcome.

NOW WE PATIENTLY AWAIT FOR ALL THE FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras SUPER SHOT submissions to start flowing through, and the process to select those be chosen as their best by Captain Damaschke, The Mayor, Cr. John Northcott, The Premier, Dr. Denis Napthine and Wannon member Mr. Dan Tehan. And in the coming weeks FOCUS FORCE will let you know the date for the exhibition and presentation of certificates.

REMEMBER THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW IS ONLY DAYS AWAY OPENING ON MARCH 26. That means the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION will soon go on show and the ROCKLEY AWARDS for 2014 announced.

MAKE A POST OF PRAISE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. The Portland FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras will be thrilled to read them.

Top foto. Parent PFinck. Lower. Parent VFisher. Thank you from FFKWC.
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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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