Category Archives: Fundraising

Trek For Timor

Trek for Timor

Great to see other groups supporting the people of East Timor!

Major Fundraising Effort in Geelong for the Alola Foundation

Geelong Friends of Viqueque – Alola Foundation Fundraising Dinner


In Timor-Leste, many women lose their lives during childbirth due to limited resources. Approximately one in twenty children in Timor-Leste do not live to the age of five. Alola’s Maternal and Child Health Program seeks to improve the safety and wellbeing of mothers and babies.

The Geelong Friends of Viqueque will be holding a fund raising dinner for the Alola Foundation. Join us for a two course dinner as we raise funds to develop a Mother Support Group in Viqueque.

Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO, former First Lady of Timor-Leste (East Timor) and founder and chair of the Alola Foundation will be addressing the audience with her thoughtful presentation on the struggles faced by women and children in East Timor.

Following this, a Q & A will be held with a panel including Ms Maria Imaculada Guterres, Manager of Maternal and Child Health Programs at Fundasaun Alola of Dili; and Ms Deb Singleton, Science Coordinator at Christian College Geelong.

When: Friday 5 August
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Fred Flanagan Room, Geelong Football Club, Kardinia Park
Costs: Adult (no concessions): $100.00 / (Table of ten): $900.00

Please RSVP by 1 August 2016
For bookings/payment, or more information: Click here or contact Steve Levakis P: 5272 4044 | E:

Trivia Night – a great success!

The Trivia Night at St Joseph’s College was a great success with over 250 people attending.  Special thanks must go to Rosemary Friend, Louise Madden and Peter Cannon for their leadership of the organising committee, without whose persistence and dedication the night could not have gone ahead.


Whilst the official tally has yet to be done it can be confidently expected that the evening raised in excess of $10,000 which will be spent in promoting literacy projects with the District of Viqueque.


Attend the Trivia Night and Support Timor Leste

Back by popular demand the 2016 Timor Leste Trivia Night is being held on Saturday March 5, 2016 in the St Joseph’s College Gymnasium.  In 2013 it sold out and in 2016 we are hoping for a similar attendance.

There are 30 tables of 10 so why not organise a table from amongst your friends or work colleagues?  It is BYO drinks and shared food and all of the proceeds from the night will be spent on building literacy in Timor Leste, particularly in the District of Viqueque.

Tickets cost $35 and bookings will open shortly.

Support Timor Leste


Friday Night Market Geelong

Alola Fundraiser

Alola Fundraiser

Orphanage Kitchen Appeal – Half Way There!

The kitchen at St Francis Orphanage and Boarding School in Viqueque needs refurbishment but they need our help to make it a reality.

Most visitors to Viqueque stay at the accommodation provided by the sisters at St Francis Orphanage and Boarding School. The bedrooms are clean, the meals are excellent and overall it is a very pleasant place to stay – early morning singing and hospitality of the sisters are a specialty. Accommodation for one night plus meals is $25 per person.

The Orphanage Kitchen

The Orphanage Kitchen

We are half-way there thanks to donations from The City of Greater Geelong Social Members $1500, John and Judy Guiney $500, Jonathon Chapman $100, Tricia Blane $100, Essex Heights Primary School $245, Lorraine and Gael McDonald $30.

If could could spare the money you can send the money to the GVFS Treasurer Michael Wright.

Direct Debit: Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000 Account 132923756 Reference: Kitchen Appeal or Cheque: Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools, Treasurer, Michael Wright 45 Itkeston St Herne Hill 3218

Viqueque Student Teachers -100% Pass Rate

We have recently received the following news from Margie Beck at the Baucau Teachers College where Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools is sponsoring 8 students.

It is great to be able to tell you that this year every one of our students passed all their end of semester exams – no failures at all in any unit! I think this is the first time this has happened, as there are usually one or two who need to do make up work in order to pass. Their lecturers are delighted, as it means that the teaching and learning that has been done during the past semester has been excellent!

The Bacau Teachers' College

The Bacau Teachers’ College

Students finished their studies at the beginning of November, and the 3rd Year students held a wonderful farewell on the day after the last exam. They had prepared a great day – starting with Mass, though some of the students stayed up all night to prepare the meal for us. There were speeches, entertainment and of course, lots of tears as they said goodbye. They will be back for their graduation on 21st February, 2015, so it will be good to see them one more time as they start their professional careers.

The Portuguese mission is currently contacting 48 of the 52 finalists in order to start the process for employing them in their schools next year. The other 4 students will be either studying overseas or have found positions already. We are so proud of them all! The number of graduates from ICFP is more than 400, so they are really starting to impact in the educational field in Timor-Leste!

One big change is that Brother Fons van Rooij, fms, will be finishing up as Director of the Institute after 8 years. He has been a strong leader who has given much to each and every staff member as well as being responsible for the new building that will come into full use next year. There will be a farewell for him this coming Friday, with the Bishop of Baucau and the Minister of Education being the key guests.

Br Peter Corr fms, will start his leadership on 5th January, 2015. The Timorese staff are feeling both sad and happy – sad that Br Fons is leaving, but happy that the Australian Marist Province is willing to continue to support the Institute with a new Director.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for the generosity that you give to us here. I know that the students really appreciate that they are able to study at ICFP without constant worry about finances. The finalists have indicated that they pray for you each Sunday during Mass – and I am sure that they do and will continue to do so! May you be blessed in everything that you do.

Margie Beck