La­cluta Friends help Ti­mor friends dig in

Myrtleford Times - - News -

MYRTLE­FORD’S Friends of La­cluta will host a fundrais­ing din­ner at Club Savoy on Oc­to­ber 14 to ad­vance their work in the Ti­mor Leste ru­ral community of the same name.

The Friends’ or­gan­i­sa­tion op­er­ates in Myrtle­ford and Wan­garatta to con­trib­ute sup­port for the devel­op­ment of La­cluta, a re­mote high coun­try community south­east of Dili, the cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia’s north­ern is­land neigh­bour.

Myrtle­ford com­mit­tee mem­ber Bar­bara Broz said the Friends’ lat­est ven­ture was to help La­cluta folk and nearby vil­lagers to de­velop veg­etable gar­dens.

“They have now es­tab­lished a community gar­den,” Ms Broz said.

“Lo­cal pri­mary schools have also be­gun train­ing and es­tab­lish­ing per­ma­cul­ture gar­dens, in­clud­ing learn­ing about nutri­tion and cook­ing the veg­eta­bles pro­duced.”

Ms Broz said that Myrtle­ford’s sup­port had also en­abled the Friends to help teach­ers of kinder­garten to year 12 La­cluta stu­dents, fund ter­tiary schol­ar­ships, pro­vide vo­ca­tional train­ing, teacher train­ing and books, school texts, sta­tionery, cal­cu­la­tors and science equip­ment.

In health the Myrtle­ford group con­tin­ues to make and pro­vi­sion san­i­tary pack­ages for year nine girls so they can con­tinue to at­tended school un­in­ter­rupted, mother and baby bags, eye­glasses and tooth­brushes and paste.

The Friends have also helped to sup­ply so­lar en­ergy-gen­er­at­ing pan­els to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

Ms Broz said none of these am­bi­tions would have been pos­si­ble without the gen­er­ous sup­port of the Myrtle­ford community.

The Friends of La­cluta Oc­to­ber 14 smor­gas­bord fundrais­ing din­ner will be held at Myrtle­ford’s Club Savoy from 6.30pm.

The guest speaker will be Lisa Lukey, who will talk about her work as a med­i­cal vol­un­teer aboard an Africa mercy ship.

The din­ner will also fea­ture raf­fles and an auc­tion of hol­i­days, lo­cal ser­vices and signed books.

Tick­ets at $35 each are avail­able form Myrtle­ford Newsagency, Myrtle­ford com­mit­tee mem­bers Bar­bara Broz on 5752 2051, Karen Jones on 0429 389 380 or Judy Grif­fiths on 5721 7582, or by email­ing do­na­tions@friend­sofla­cluta.org.

LEARN­ING: La­cluta school stu­dents with a pic­ture sto­ry­book which a Mel­bourne woman found in English and se­cured the pub­lisher’s per­mis­sion to have it trans­lated in Te­tun lan­guage and re­pub­lished with fund­ing from an Amer­i­can Ro­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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