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Timor-Leste Fund and Awareness Raising

Since 2010, Ms Sharon Walsh, Year 10 Team Leader, has raised money, collected goods through the Woolworths Earn and Learn Program and raised awareness about Timor-Leste (East Timor). Ms Walsh has liaised with Br Michael Lynch SDB who is in charge of Salesian Missions in the Asia Pacific Region, so that the money and goods went where they were most needed.

In 2011, we were visited by Sr Carolina from the Venilale Community. After an information gathering trip in late 2013, Ave Maria College began a sister relationship with St Maria Mazzarello School in Venilale.

The 2016 Timor-leste Benefit Ball was held on Saturday 18 June at Lakeside Events, Albert Park. The celebrations included the raffle and silent auction, which collectively raised almost $5000 for the St Maria Mazzarello school in Timor-Leste. The College thanks all of our prize sponsors who made this possible.
The focus of the event was to raise awareness and generate support for St Maria Mazzarello school, so it was an absolute delight to have the Principal, Sr Virgilia and the Directress, Sr Floriana, as our guests of honour. Students from the 2016 immersion trip spoke about their upcoming pilgrimage to Venilale, identifying what they were looking forward to, and what they hoped they would be able to achieve whilst there. Guests were also shown a short video that captured some of the highlights of the 2015 immersion trip. The joy and happiness that our support and friendship brings to the staff and students of St Maria Mazzarello school emphasized the importance of the Ball and the fundraising effort.