A very successful film fundraiser was held at Clonard College on 20 May, Timor-Leste’s Restoration of Independence Day.
A great turnout of interested people viewed this inspiring and powerful documentary film. It chronicles the remarkable story of Kirsty Sword, a human rights activist who becomes passionately involved in the plight of the East Timorese and their struggle for freedom. It shares her story of working side by side with charismatic freedom fighter Xanana Gusmão and their growingrelationship. After years of struggle, turmoil and hardship, Timor-Leste eventually gains independence in 2002 with Xanana its first President and Kirsty the First Lady of Timor-Leste. It is the story of courageous individuals overcoming obstacles to change the course of history and establish the new nation of Timor-Leste.
Thanks to those who partnered to organise this event: Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools, Geelong Friends of Viqueque, Clonard College and Alola Australia. Special thanks to Clonard College staff Carmel Brown, Clare Meredith, Michael McCallum and Tom Herriott, and also to projectionist Maggie and the other Clonard students who prepared and served supper. Money from ticket sales, a raffle, donations and the sale of Alola craft resulted in $1,000 raised for the Alola Foundation, an organisation founded by Kirsty Sword Gusmão in 2001. Proceeds will go to Alola’s work with women and children in the areas of maternal and child health, economic empowerment, advocacy and education in Timor-Leste.
Anne Fairbairn, Rosemary Nugent and Wendy Mayne