Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

To Timor with Love from Kids

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

To Timor with Love from Kids

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Byline: Grant Reynolds

THE spirit of Christmas started in June in Tewantin and made it to East Timor in December.

A cyclone, a school-term break, shipping interruptions and a "Pacific time" schedule delayed the transfer of the precious cargo, but thanks to a determined community effort, Christmas presents have arrived for hundreds of youngsters in East Timor.

The journey stared in mid-June at Tewantin State School, where students assembled more than 600 educational care parcels to go to the children of Sao Miguel (St Michael) at Raikotu, a school about 30 minutes west of Dili.

The school has about 150 kindergarten students, 250 of primary age and some 200 junior high school kids.

With the help of Bendigo Community Bank and Rotary Club of Noosa, the school was identified as a community school with no help from the ministry of education in Timor.

Each parcel took the form of a decorated shoe box with enclosed items including exercise books, rulers, erasers, pens and pencils, all topped off with a personal item from each student from Tewantin State School to the child opening it at the other end. …

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