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Army September 15, 2011
By Flt-Lt John McCourt
MORE than 100 Australian and New
Zealand personnel deployed to East
Timor have banded together to take
part in a high-profile charity fun run.
The Anzac runners and walkers of the
International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
joined East Timorese participants in the
annual First Lady Cup -- named in honour
of East Timor's original First Lady, Kirsty
The oceanfront streets of Dili were
cleared of the usual heavy traffic for the
10km run and 5km walk events.
Hundreds of entrants rose early on
August 26 to take part, with the money
raised going to Rotary International and
a East Timor charity dedicated to improv-
ing the lives of women and children.
ISF commander Col Luke Foster said
the 113 troops who took part represented
a quarter of the deployed force in East
"They all got into the spirit of the day
in the knowledge they were joining with
the local community to enjoy the freedom
of a Sunday morning outing in an atmos-
phere of peace," Col Foster said.
He said the race was a positive sign
of the progress being made in East Timor
during recent years.
Anzacs run for
fun and funds
On the run: ISF runners join hundreds of local participants in the First Lady
Cup charity fun run in Dili.
Photo by Sgt Bill Guthrie
The Australian-led International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) has been
involved in several aeromedical
evacuations of East Timorese civil-
ians this month.
A Timor-Leste Aviation Group
(TLAG) Black Hawk evacuated two
seriously ill East Timorese from an
island off the coast of Dili on the
night of September 1 for urgent med-
ical attention, while on September 5,
an ISF-contracted helicopter with a
medical team onboard evacuated an
11-year-old boy from the village of
In the first AME, TLAG respond-
ed to a request from the UN to
use the night-flying capability of
its Black Hawks to evacuate two
patients from Atauro Island, about
25km north of Dili.
A 26-year-old woman was suffer-
ing an obstructed labour, requiring a
caesarean section, and an 18-year-old
man was diagnosed with appendicitis.
The woman, Eva Samuel, was
transferred to the Dili National
Hospital where she gave birth to a
healthy baby boy named Daniel.
"I am so thankful for the help of
the ISF," the new mum said through
an interpreter. "Thank you so much
for coming to rescue me."
One of the pilots on the mercy
flight, Lt David Rees, said it was a
great feeling to be able to help out.
"I consider myself lucky to have
been on duty at the time and play my
own part in bringing another new life
into the world," he said.
In the Lolotoe evacuation, the boy
had suffered severe kerosene burns to
50 per cent of his body.
The request for assistance was
raised by a volunteer nurse who was
working in the village for Rotary
Since his evacuation to Dili
National Hospital, the boy's condi-
tion has improved.
ISF commander Col Luke Foster
said the force was ready and able to
respond to urgent calls for assistance.
Civilians get AME
Mission accomplished: Black Hawk pilot Lt David Rees catches up with new mum Eva Samuel, who he
evacuated to Dili National Hospital when she suffered complications giving birth to her baby son, Daniel.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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