Category Archives: Meetings

New Committee for 2016-2017

The recent Annual General meeting that was held at Clonard College saw a changing of the guard. We saw three highly committed committee members step down this year. Louise Madden, as Vice President, and Michael O’Donnell, as Secretary, have each  served six years on the committee. Louise has made huge contributions to our fundraising events, especially the Trivia Night and her personal link with Sacred Heart College. Michael has been a keen advocate within The Geelong College and was responsible for setting up and maintaining our  web site. Brian Edward has been with us from the start 10 years ago. He has sustained his enthusiasm for all aspects of our work and I have very much appreciated his personal support. Brian again demonstrated his outstanding commitment to Timor Leste with his recent leadership in raising $15,000 for the Alola Foundation.

The New Office Holders:

President – Peter Cannon
Vice President – David Whelan
Secretary – Julie Whelan
Treasurer – Michael Wright

The General Committee: Jonathon Chapman, Patrice Hall, Tricia Blane, James Palmer, Will Birkett, Janet Taylor, Chris Clark, Rachel Roche and new member Chris Hansen (Deputy Principal, Christ the King, Newcomb)

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 AGM

The Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools Group Annual General Meeting is on at 7:00pm on Tuesday September 2.  The venue this year the Geelong High School in Ryrie Street, East Geelong.

The special guest speaker is Mr Chris Loughnan from Deakin University. Chris is the Project Officer: Collaboration and Research Support in the School of Psychology where he has oversight of a collaborative partnership project with the Ministry of Education Timor Leste.

Everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like further information you could contact our president, Peter Cannon, at

An Evening with the Friends of Viqueque

You are invited to an Evening with
the Friends of Viqueque

Special Guest: Ms Rae KINGSBURY, Victorian Honorary Consul Timor-Leste,

Dromoland House, Pakington Street, Geelong West

6.00 pm -9.30 pm Friday March 28

Cost $45 (3 Course Meal, Drinks at bar prices)

Ticket Sales: Rosemary Friend 0413008454,

Special Meeting

We are holding a special meeting of the Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools Inc. on Thursday November 14 at 4:00pm at The Geelong College Middle School 399 Aberdeen Street, Newtown. The purpose of the meeting is to comply with new Consumer Affairs Regulation and to expand the size of the committee. All interested people are welcome to attend.