Lacluta Friends help Timor friends dig in
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 email@example.com.
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.