Lions cash for Timor trip
Berrigan Lions Club has contributed $1000 to the Finley High School’s TimorLeste Immersion Program.
It will assist Finley High School students to provide medical supplies for poverty stricken villages in Timor-Leste when they visit the country next year.
The donation was gratefully accepted by immersion program coordinator Yasmine McGrath and student Hamish Congdon, as well as past immersion program student Lachy Pyle.
Lachy shared his experiences as part of the program with Lions Club members, describing the ‘‘primitive living conditions’’ and the country’s efforts to thrive despite high levels of unemployment and limited technology.
He also said farming in Timor is hard, as the soil is rocky and the terrain is very hilly, but said the people were warm and welcoming.
Berrigan Lions president Kurt Bauer said it was a great chance for the Lions members to learn more about the program and how its donation would help.
‘‘Certainly for our members to learn about a third world country very close to Australia and badly affected by war was very interesting,’’ Mr Bauer said.
‘‘We’ve been donating to the immersion program for a number of years; we think it’s a fantastic program.
‘‘The Berrigan Lions fully support the program and the experience it will provide the teenagers.’’
The Finley High School Timor-Leste Immersion Program will travel to East Timor in April 2018.
Students have been fundraising by hosting a wood chop drive, Berrigan Coffee Palace book launch and the Jerilderie town garage sale.
Students involved in the program also volunteered for the weekend’s FinCity Music and Food Festival, from which they will also receive a donation.
Berrigan Lions president Kurt Bauer with Hamish Congdon, Lachy Pyle and Timor-Leste Immersion Program coordinator Yasmine McGrath.