Having been asked to help on the photography team for the day, gave me the chance to observe this memorable occasion through the camera’s viewfinder - in a whole new light. Helping to capture this unforgettable milestone in ZOE’s history gave me the opportunity to zoom in and fix my attention on just what a significant event was actually taking place.
As each guest and VIP arrived, I was able to focus on the faces of the many incredible people who have critical roles and positions in partnering and collaborating with ZOE as we, together, fight child trafficking.
ZOE founder Michael Hart's speech exposed what our work is all about:
"Everyone here has an important role in making
this place a refuge for children in Thailand.
These beautiful buildings would be only an empty shell,
if they did not have the people who are
dedicated to rescuing and restoring child victims.
All of us here today, can turn these rooms
into 'safety' 'peace' and 'hope' for each child.
We are on the same team, playing different positions,
but we all fight for victory on behalf of the children we serve."
And while the Grand Opening felt like it was over in a flash, the real work of rescuing and caring for children is not. Thank you for joining with us in this fight and celebrating the opening of this building so crucial for the next stage in rescuing children.
You may have seen the quote, “Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. And if things don't work out, just take another shot.”
Unlike cameras, where we can ‘just take another shot’, in life, we only get the ‘one shot’ to make a difference. Let’s continue to work together to expose child trafficking and focus on helping these precious children, one at a time.