Due to roadwork’s done by Knysna Municipality, our company, Fleming Photographic, had virtually no access from Grey Street Knysna for the past ten weeks. This led to major financial losses for our company and also other businesses in our street.
Our company has been doing business in Knysna for the past 19 years. In 2010, we made a decision to support our local community in projects whereby there would be financial or knowledge sharing.
Our first project was titled ‘The Ball and the Pen’ which involved shooting a series of photographs in the townships of the Western and Eastern Cape with the accent placed on football. An exhibition was held and half the profit from the sale of the prints was donated to the Crossroads Ladies Football team in Hornlee – they received R23 000 worth of football kit.
In 2011 we started a training project involving high school children. The project is titled “Penpals”. The name Penpals was derived from a famous camera manufactured by the Olympus corporation in Japan and it is the digital Olympus Pen.
We recruited 6 kids in our first year and all candidates attended photographic classes once a week for approximately eight months. The cameras were sponsored by Olympus, the outings, the end of year exhibition and all additional camera equipment needed to make the course viable was sponsored by our company.
We are presently in our fifth year of running this project and for the last two years we have kept back 2 of the students to act as facilitators for the new intake of kids.
In 2011, one of our students, , was nominated “Best Sea Scout in South Africa” and was sent over to London to an international Sea Scout gathering. We managed to persuade Olympus to give Jason his own Olympus pen camera to take with him on the trip.
This year Shere Joubert, one of last year’s Penpals, was made an Olympus protégé whereby she will be spending another two years under the guidance of Warren Fleming who is an Olympus Brand Ambassador – she received camera equipment to the value of R18000.00.
For more info on these projects see, http://olympuspenpals.jimdo.com and www.ianflemingphotography.com/#!the-ball–the-pen/c1mil.
Our company has spent approximately R20 000 each year on this project but, with the recent financial losses that we have incurred due to the closing of the street where we operate our business from, we feel that we may have to shelve this project before year end.
If you feel that you or your company would like to become a friend of PEN PALS, we would value any form of donation.
Our Banking details are:
- Touchtree Images Cc
- ABSA Bank, Knysna, 632 005
- Current Acc no: 1010964934
Find us at:
- 044 3826138 (office hours)
Ian, Warren & Glenda Fleming