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Success in Timor Leste

Seventeen boys from Warrane College volunteering and working at a local orphanage in TImor Leste

Seventeen Warrane residents returned for Christmas after a successful Workcamp in Timor Leste.

The residents left Australia shortly after the examination period in order to undertake a challenging project: the construction of a large toilet block in just three weeks. The project took place at an orphanage run by Carmelite nuns in Maubara, 40km west of Dili.

Working in stifling heat and sometimes late into the evening to try to meet deadlines, the group was able to finish the project on time.

“It gave everyone a lot of satisfaction to see something like this through from start to finish,” said Joe Hoare, a final year Commerce student.

The residents were also able to spend time with the orphans and were moved by their cheerfulness and gratitude.

“It really helped me to appreciate the material privileges we have, and the fact that these don’t necessarily make us better people” said first year resident Adrian Morris.

“I think I learnt a lesson at the orphanage which I’ll never forget.”

The success of the Workcamp depended to a large degree on the skill and expertise of Michael Greenwell, a builder and father of Old Boy Tom Greenwell, and Andrew Quinn, a plumber and friend of the College. Andrew and Michael were with the group from start to finish.

“Everyone chipped in, and its a privilege to work with such fine young men for such a worthy cause” said Michael.

“I am convinced it is in the giving that we receive and we certainly all gained a great deal from this experience.”

The project could also not have been completed without the generous support of sponsors, including the Ambassador of the Order of Malta in Timor Leste- Mr David Scarf AM, the Australian Embassy in Dili, Mosman Council, UNSW Arc, and other donors.