Rotarians fired up about sending aid to East Timor

Augusta Margaret River Times
Rotarians Gordon Temby, Peter Tereira, Lynne Warren, Brian Warren and Fran Temby with the firefighting materials collected for Timor.
Camera IconRotarians Gordon Temby, Peter Tereira, Lynne Warren, Brian Warren and Fran Temby with the firefighting materials collected for Timor.

Margaret River Rotarians have put the finishing touches to a shipment of firefighting equipment which is headed to East Timor.

Firefighter and Rotary member Gordon Temby devised the project as a way to support colleagues in Dili and now three crates of gear are on their way north.

“Fire brigades in the Capes region have recently rallied together to send some surplus personal protective clothing and helmets to their counterparts in East Timor,” Mr Temby said.

“The Rotary Club of Margaret River … noticed the need for such equipment during their annual leavers’ week activities.

“The emergency services authorities in Dili were approached and requested the items and, once permission was granted from the local government and Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the items were collected.”

Last week, Rotarians gathered to assemble the final 700kg shipment which included protective clothing and helmets, as well as sewing machines for the women’s co-operative in Timor, bedding, school uniforms and non-perishable medical supplies provided by the Margaret River Lions.

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