IT’S ALMOST THE ONE DAY OF THE YEAR  with ONE sleep to go! And what a year it has been for the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras and the program in general. Sleigh loads of recognitions, achievements, excitement and fun from the east to west coast of Australia.Kids with Cameras have been involved in all sorts of achievements which we will talk about before the end of the year. But here we pay tribute to the KWC themselves the wonderful supporters that have come on board making POSTS OF PRAISE. The judges, and the sponsors with a special mention to all the HARVEY NORMAN PHOTO CENTRES with special “noteds” to Con at the QV CENTRE and Ted at CITY WEST in Perth. There were a number of stands at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show that posted VIEW POINTS on their sites adding to the success of the project there.

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Underneath the image created by Madeleine Puli FF KWC we say thanks to Chris Hajos of TWIGz Kids Gardening tools for his generosity throughout the year. Judges Tony Periakos, Rob Klemm and Leanne Cole for their past efforts throughout the year, and their commitment to be part of the ROCKLEY AWARDS panel for this years submissions. 

Then with thanks to Captain Hagen Damaschke of the MS EUROPA for his cooperation in making the MS EUROPA FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP such a resounding success. Also Moritz of HAPAG LLOYDS CRUISE LINERS head office in Hamburg for his unswerving help in the project. There were many others, too.

To the government politicians and others including their staff; all the best for the season including the Australian Consulate to NY, and the German embassy in Canberra.

To people like the family of the Tesselaar family, and promotions manager Wendy, a hearty thanks. And how can we be but grateful to Denise Mugavin, Principal of ST. Augustines in Keilor for preparing the CITY OF CONTRASTS commemorative book.

Nikki, Joe and Clint of MINUTEMAN in Melbourne, thank you for all you do in supporting the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras.

A special word of gratitude to Greg and Kat for all the help recognition of the FF Kids With Cameras at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Here also, we make a note of thanks to all the other Harvey Norman Photocentres who encouraged the KWC. These included Hamilton (Vic), Watergardens, Frankston, Bendigo, Fountain Gate and Albury.

A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE  giving POST OF PRAISE to all those who did the same for the Kids With Cameras. You have become a great asset to the program with yours words of encouragement for the FFKWC.

AND FINALLY , the Puli family for those dedicated effort in supporting and completing the task of delivering the book; MELBOURNE – CITY OF CONTRASTS to the Australian Embassy in NY and the SCHOOL OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. Especially under such trying circumstances.

HOW can we finish without saying thanks & merry Christmas to the team of dedicated FF kwc for their efforts throughout the year.

To any of the many others not mentioned here our hearty thanks.

HN QV IMAGEHARVEY NORMAN (QV) Melbourne, and many other photo centers, have all the last minute SANTA SUGGESTIONS you need to GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS. Whether it be a gift for the Kids With Cameras or a grown up enthusiast, you know you will find HN staff just as helpful with all your camera and photographic needs. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/





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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  1. Ho!Ho!Ho! dear Lauren !! Just popping in to congratulate you on discovering the fun and creative times you can have with a camera by your side!! What great fun you have had and thank you for sharing your talent with all of us! Uncle Neil and I look forward to what you’ll share again with all of us in 2015 ,,.Bring it on!!!

    On 21/12/2014 7:43 PM, “vicki mutton” <
    HO!HO!HO! dear Madeleine !!! Congratulations from Aunty Vicky and Uncle Neil on such a fulfilling year with your camera in hand!! Keep enjoying and capturing the beauty of our world especially as you have done with the Amazing theme of flowers!!!

  2. Our sincere thanks to you Phillip. I’m sure I speak for all those involved with Focus Force KWC when I say that without your continued enthusiasm, support, encouragement and persistence our kids would not have such a fabulous outlet within which to explore and showcase their talents. Merry Christmas and we look forward to more challenges and photo opportunities in 2015. Cheryl, David, Madeleine and Lauren.

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