A wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by over 200 people at Dooleys Lidcome Catholic Club. Special guest from Timor-Leste was Alipio Simoes, a student who has just completed his IT Diploma in South Australia. The entertainment was superb and the food excellent, as usual. On sale were Timorese tais, woodwork by Vitál de Jesus, and “The Story of Captain” a book about the best dog who ever existed, Captain Joseph Darling.
Talks on ATLAS’s progress were given by the Chairman, Gerald Kenneally, and by Chris Scharf, whose careful oversight of projects in Timor-Leste is essential. Rayella Haines and Josephine Mitchell gave updates about St Therese’s Orphanage at Maubara and concerning the young women who path through education is being facilitated by ATLAS’s generous donors. As in the past, widows of World War II men who served in Portuguese Timor enjoyed the day. It is always a special delight and honour to have them at the dinner. All proceeds go to Timor to fund ATLAS projects. It is our way of helping to “repay the debt of honour” which Paddy Kenneally held so close to his heart.