Subject: More donors needed to make light work of Timor project

Inverell Times

More donors needed to make light work of Timor project

Tuesday, 30 December 2003

INVERELL'S East Timor lighting project needs sponsors for about 15 more solar-powered lights. The Rotary-sponsored team has funding for about 135 solar lights for homes in Emera Province but the target is 150 and time is running out.

Project leader Greg Moran said the generosity of locals who have supported the concept has been overwhelming.

But another kick was needed to give volunteer workers all the equipment they need.

The lighting project developed after an initial aid tour to East Timor by an Inverell Rotary sponsored group in 2002.

During that trip, the lack of lighting for students and family life was apparent and the team undertook to seek support to put solar powered lights in as many homes in Emera Province as possible.

The lights cost $268 each delivered to Darwin by Perth firm Sustainable Energy Systems.

The team needs just more than $4000 or 15 lights at $268 to guarantee the fundraiser's success.

Early next year the team will leave for Samalette in East Timor, the village that accommodated the team in 2002 and Mr Moran said any offers of help would be appreciated.

Rotary clubs have already donated as have individuals including Maureen Newbiggin and Rosemary Breen.

The project has even caught the eye of a southern Sydney local government group that wants to light public buildings in another area of East Timor.

Research and planning already undertaken in Inverell has helped that group prepare for its excursion.

Mr Moran said the project had already attracted international support from Rotary in the US but the final hurdles had to be crossed locally.

"The volunteers are paying their own way as they always do on these projects. Rotary is helping out too but we need some more lights.

"Any donations will be gratefully received."

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