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.
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.
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.