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Army October 13, 2011
By Flt-Lt John McCourt
FOR the children of the Santa Clara Orphanage in
Dili, a recent visit by soldiers of the Australian-led
International Stabilisation Force (ISF) was a treat
that brought the widest of smiles.
Members of the ISF's communications element
followed in the footsteps of those who deployed
before them by incorporating the orphanage into their
Troop commander Lt Cody Goulding has helped
raise funds from among the Australian and New
Zealand soldiers in East Timor to provide provisions
and undertake minor works.
Lt Goulding said he was well aware of the impor-
tance of carrying on the role and not giving false hope
to the hard-working nuns running the orphanage.
"We are keen to pass our involvement on to those
soldiers who will replace us next year," he said.
"Also, my colleagues and I plan to continue our
own support after we return to Australia."
Lt Goulding said East Timor was a beautiful place
with beautiful people and they just wanted to do their
bit for those less fortunate.
"When you see what we have back in Australia,
your heart goes out to these children who have so lit-
tle but welcome us with big hearts and even bigger
The orphanage relies on charity to keep the many
orphaned children fed, clothed and schooled.
The communications personnel help out running
classes and activities with the children, as well as
general maintenance and work tasks.
Special guests: Pte Andrew Boutillier, Padre Flt-Lt Timothy Hodgson, Cpl
Kerry Hall and Sister Theodrosa draw with some of the orphans from Santa
Clara Orphanage in Dili, East Timor.
Photos by Sgt Bill Guthrie
Helping out: Lt Cody Goulding checks the basic
facilities at the orphanage.
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