Melbourne, Australia – 9 March 2006 – The Federal Member for Melbourne, Mr Lindsay Tanner MP, together with Microsoft Australia today presented four Collingwood and Greensborough locals with tickets to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games for winning Microsoft’s ‘Realising Potential Through Teamwork’ competition.
Mr Emmanuel Mustafa and Mr Haua Potini, members of The Smith Family Collingwood Kids Computer Club, and Ms Rene Horton and Ms Elly Colbert, members of the Greensborough Evening View Club, won the competition for their outstanding multimedia presentations about teamwork.
Mr Colin Garro, Microsoft’s State Public Sector Director for Victoria and Tasmania, who visited the centre today to co-present the award, said the competition gave members of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential (UP) programme the opportunity to put the skills they had learnt into action.
“The standard of entries was really impressive and we picked the Collingwood and Greensborough entries because they not only showed off the technology skills the teams developed at the UP Centre but they also demonstrated teamwork themselves,” Mr Garro said.
The competition required entrants to create a multimedia presentation which could take the form of a PowerPoint, Photo Story or digital movie using Movie Maker, a Flash media presentation or another online multimedia presentation software format of choice.
“This competition is a great testimony to how access to Microsoft Unlimited Potential centres, like the ones in Collingwood and Greensborough, can help members of Melbourne’s local communities gain new skills and confidence through the use of technology,” Mr Tanner said.
“As these entries demonstrate, there is a wealth of potential in our local communities – among both the young and young at heart – and with the right access to technology and training we have the opportunity to harness that potential,” he said.
The competition was run through Microsoft’s network of 200 UP centres across Australia. Unlimited Potential is a Microsoft community programme that provides technologically disadvantaged Australians with access to technology training, advice and support.
“The Smith Family is thrilled that participants at our Collingwood centre have won this once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the Commonwealth Games,” The Smith Family’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Henderson, said. “It’s a wonderful acknowledgement of their hard work and enthusiasm and something they can be truly proud of.
“To go from having little to no experience with computers to putting together a multi-media display is quite an achievement and demonstrates the effectiveness of the UP programme. The friendships and sense of belonging participants get from learning together is an equally important aspect of the programme and is evident in these winning entries.”
Microsoft runs the centres in conjunction with its community partners The Smith Family, Inspire Foundation, WorkVentures, Yarnteen and the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association.
The winners’ prizes each include tickets to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, including overnight hotel accommodation and $300 spending money.
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