Madeleine’s BIG day in the BIG apple.


In New York, and the US it is Thursday August 28 – one day behind Australia. For Madeleine Puli and her family, it doesn’t matter what the date is. For her as FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADOR she has two important appointments to keep. First it will be the SCHOOL of the BLESSED SACRAMENT where she will meet and discuss her viti to the city with the Principal, deputy and teachers. This will include presenting the Principal and school with a letter from her Principal Denise Mugavin of St. Augustine’s in Keilor, Melbourne inviting the school to send a reciprocal FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION to Australia with photos taken of the city by the students there. Then she will present the school with the book of SUPER SHOTS selected for the  MELBOURNE – CITY of CONTRASTS foto project. Later in the day she then have the thrill of visiting the Australian Consulate  where she will formally meet the Australian Deputy Consul General, Natalie Roche and present her with a copy of the book. The book contains the Super Shot works Of Madeleine, Jourdan Kotevski, Matthew Bory and Neave Leyden.

coc14madel-lm                                                                                                                                             Photo shows FF KWC FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADOR Madeleine with Melbourne’s Lord Mayor; Councilor Robert Doyle. 

For MADELEINE it has been a traumatic time for her in New York having spend several days in hospital after having her appendix removed. It would have been a harrowing time for the whole family, but now she is out and back on track to complete the last of her days there. Today, she will also top it off by a visit to the Australian Consulate where she will formally meet the Australian Consul General; the Hon Nick Minchin. She will also present a copy of the book to him, and then oversee his CHOICE of the 3 SUPER SHOTS of West Australia’s Wave Rock. The images taken 3  weeks ago commemorate another image in 1964 taking out the grand prize at the New York Photographic Fair – 50 years ago this year. These were taken by Hyden PS students; Benjamin Cosh, Ingrid Tipton and Amberleigh Hendry.


 DSCN1954And another thanks to HARVEY NORMAN (QV) Melbourne,  and City West in Perth for providing FREE PRINTS to the FF KWC for their success.


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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