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WORLD NEWS 11
Army May 12, 2011
By Flt-Lt John McCourt
EASTER Sunday was a special
day out for 65 East Timorese
orphans thanks to the troops
and air crew of the Timor-Leste
Aviation Group (TLAG).
The organiser of the charity fun
day at the base, medic Sgt Sarah
Longshaw, said TLAG personnel
had a great time putting big smiles
on little faces.
The group's high-tech military
hardware provided a wonderland of
excitement for the residents of Dili-
based Bidau Orphanage.
Aged from three to 24, the
orphans are the pride and joy of
Sister Marylou Mariano and her two
Timorese nuns of the Missionary
Dominican Sisters of the Rosary.
"For many of the children, and
some of who are now adults, the
orphanage has been their only
home," Sister Marylou said.
The sadness of losing their fami-
lies is tempered by the determination
of the orphanage nuns to feed and
educate the children, with the eld-
est -- at 24 years of age -- planning
to leave the orphanage when he fin-
ishes his university degree.
The orphanage provides for all
the basic needs of the children and
young adults, including clothing,
food, school fees and health costs
thanks to its own fundraising efforts
The team at TLAG aims to help
the orphanage become self-sufficient
Aviators host Timorese kids
and supports plans to develop land
on the outskirts of Dili to grow veg-
etables and fruit and build a piggery.
Sgt Longshaw said she and her
colleagues were just trying to help
out where they could.
"We are proactively support-
ing the orphanage in ways such as
manual labour and other skills as it
strives to become self-sustainable,"
Sgt Longshaw said.
"Of course it's very important we
do so in a way that does not make
the organisation dependent on us
or others when we eventually leave
Fun day: TLAG personnel
(above) escort a group
of excited children from
the Bidau Orphanage
to take part in the fun
day. Jumping rope with
ISF soldiers (right) was
a bigger drawcard than
the military equipment
for some young visitors,
while others preferred to
test out the
Photos by Cpl Melina Mancuso
A TIMORESE man has died and another remains in
hospital after a motor vehicle accident involving ADF
members of the International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
in Dili on April 28. About 7pm, a motorbike, carrying
two Timorese men, collided with an ISF Land Cruiser
carrying three ADF personnel. The two Timorese men
received serious injuries, were treated at the scene
and transported to Dili Hospital where one of the men
later died. Acting Chief of Joint Operations RAdm Ray
Griggs said the accident was under investigation by
the East Timor National Police. "On behalf of the ADF, I
offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of the man
who has unfortunately died in this very sad incident,"
RAdm Griggs said. One ISF member sustained superfi-
cial injuries during the collision.
Messages delivered to troops
TELSTRA came calling to East Timor on Anzac Day
with messages of support from home. For the third con-
secutive year, Telstra partnered with the ADF to offer
the message-to-the-troops service to the Australian
public. Tens of thousands of Australians took up the
offer, backed by high-profile sportsmen and women
speaking out on the Anzac legend and the commitment
of deployed troops.
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