East Timor Sunrise Inc.

Newsletter No. 6 January 2005

East Timor Sunrise Inc. is an incorporated body under the Northern Territory Associations Incorporation Act.


Dear Interested Friends

The last 2 months have seen a number of amazing developments for East Timor Sunrise Inc.

The new Thrift Shop operation is progressing well thanks to Helen and David Roberts. 

The Christmas Shoe Box Gifts from two Darwin schools to needy children in Timor has been very encouraging. We look forward to 2005 with enthusiasm and encouragement.

We continue to thank you for your interest, support and encouragement. We continue to acknowledge God’s blessings, protection, strength and joy in our work. 

Kindest regards

Vicki Beaumont


The East Timor Sunrise Inc Thrift Shop at the old Price Rite/Woolworths supermarket site in Nightcliff is trading very well. The profits since it opened have astounded everyone and have:

To enable to shop to trade more days per week we urgently need more volunteers. If you are able to volunteer your time to help in the Thrift Shop please call Helen and David Roberts on 8983 1082 to have your name added to the roster. If you don't want to go on the roster but are available to give some time here and there also call Helen and David as they are managing the Thrift Shop.

The Thrift Shop is now trading 10.00 – 4.00 Friday, 10.00 - 4.00 Saturdays and 8.00 - 5.00 Sundays. 

If you are interested in helping with the mending of some of the clothing items please call Helen. Some of the non-cotton clothing and materials cannot be sold so we are looking for creative ways to recycle them. If you have any suggestions for recycling fabric, particularly fabric with polyester in it please let Helen and David know. The Thrift Shop is always looking for more stock so drop off your donations at the Thrift Shop, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Do drop in and support the Thrift Shop. All proceeds will go to the work of East Timor Sunrise Inc.

David Roberts
Thrift Shop Manager


This is an amazing story of generosity and good will

The students, parents and teachers from Jingili and Leanyer primary schools in Darwin, spontaneously arranged for the collected of Christmas gifts to be sent to the needy children of Timor.

The students, parents and teachers were encouraged to collect small items to fill a shoebox. The box was then covered with Christmas paper and a message was written on the out side of the box saying the particular age of a child their box would be most suitable for.

During the last week of the school year both schools presented the Christmas shoebox gifts to East Timor Sunrise Inc. It was absolutely amazing and a wonderful experience to have the privilege of receiving over 300 Christmas Shoebox gifts on behalf of the needy children of East Timor. 

Then we had to solve a number of logistical problems to ensure the needy children in Timor received these wonderful gifts. 

Through the generosity of Air North and Connico Phillips all the boxes were delivered to Dili on 24 December, Mr Mike Gallagher, the NT government representative in East Timor facilitated the delivery of the goods in Dili. The gifts were given to children who live in an orphanage in Dili. Sisters from the Canossian Order run the orphanage. The Sisters were overwhelmed by the generosity of the children from Darwin and the gifts were giving out at a special gift-giving day. 

Some things that particularly impressed the Sisters were:

1. Each box was gift wrapped on the outside

2. Most of the gifts inside each box were individually wrapped

3. Each box was clearly marked with the age and sometimes sex of the child the gift box would be most suitable for 

4. That the people of Darwin would send such wonderful gifts to children they did not know

Students, parents and teachers of Jingili and Leanyer Primary Schools you have touched the lives of some beautiful children in Dili and we thank you for your generous spirit. 

Lynne Bigg


The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 9 April 2005 at the Catholic Education Centre Berrimah starting at 10.00am. Everyone is welcome. All positions on the Executive will fall vacant. All nominations to be in the hands of the Secretary by 2 April 2005. 


The cost of shipping one container from Darwin to East Timor is in the vicinity of $1,800 per container. East Timor Sunrise Inc depends on your generosity to raise funds. If you are involved with an organisation or group, which may like to raise some money to help with the cost of shipping containers, please contact us. We have speakers who are available to visit you to answer your questions and supply information.


East Timor Sunrise Incorporated
6 Quandong Crescent, Nightcliff
Northern Territory, Australia 0810

Fax - 08 8948 2648 – (all hours) 

Email: biggmob@bigpond.com

Telephone - Monday to Friday - 08 8985 4064 (08.15 – 12.00 hours)

President 2004-2005 - Vicki Beaumont

Secretary 2004-2005 - Lynne Bigg

Treasurer 2004-2005 - David Roberts

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On behalf of East Timor Sunrise Inc. November 2004

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