Perth, Australia – 10 March 2006 – The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Member for Kenwick, the Hon. Ms Sheila McHale MLA, together with Microsoft Australia today presented Kenwick locals, Mr Rusom Atsbeha and Mr Hasin Charlie, with a trip to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games for winning Microsoft’s ‘Realising Potential Through Teamwork’ competition.
Mr Atsbeha and Mr Charlie, members of the City of Gosnells PCYC Young Men’s Group, won the competition for their outstanding multimedia presentation about teamwork.
Mr Andre Smit, Microsoft Western Australia Branch Manager, 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. We picked Rusom and Hasin’s because it not only showed the technology skills they developed at the UP Centre but it also demonstrated clear teamwork,” Mr Smit 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 technology can help members of our local community gain new skills and confidence,” Ms McHale said.
“There is a wealth of potential among young people here and with the right access to technology and training, we have the opportunity to harness that potential,” she 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.
Microsoft runs the centres in conjunction with its community partners The Smith Family, Inspire Foundation, WorkVentures, Yarnteen and the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association.
Mr Atsbeha and Mr Charlie’s prize includes tickets to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, airfares, overnight hotel accommodation and $300 spending money.
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