Lions cash for Ti­mor trip

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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.

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