Food spectacular at East Timor benefit

Children in Aileu, East Timor  
Exciting future: Children in Aileu, East Timor.

A delicious three-course buffet of Timorese food will be an unmissable highlight at a dinner and forum in aid of the people of Aileu, a district in Timor-Leste.

The Friends of Aileu event will take place on Friday 6 May 2016, from 7pm at the Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

The evening is part of an ongoing partnership between Aileu and the Hume and Moreland city councils, as well as local communities.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, encouraged everyone with an interest in Timor-Leste to book a seat at the big night.

“Friends of Aileu has existed since 2000 and it aims to support local development activities, which are managed in Aileu by both government and civil society,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“This fundraising dinner will include a talk by the Timor-Leste Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Abel Guterres.

“Attendees will also be able to ask questions to a panel of people about the many activities that take place in partnership between Australia and Timor-Leste.

“The evening is perfectly timed, ahead of a friendship conference in Baucau, Timor-Leste, this August, at which Australians and Timorese will further discuss local development and partnership opportunities.”

Timor-Leste became an independent nation-state in 2002.

The country had been occupied by the Indonesian military for 25 years, after centuries as a Portuguese colony.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said it was vital for people in Hume and Moreland to continue to support Aileu.

“Timor-Leste has decentralised its governance structures, and local governments will soon be established,” she said.

“This means that agencies in regional areas of Timor-Leste will shortly deliver more local services.

“It’s an exciting time, because Hume and Moreland have extensive experience which can assist local leaders in Aileu.

“I encourage groups in Hume to book a table at the dinner and forum, to help support community development in one of Australia’s closest and poorest neighbouring countries.”

Seats are available at the dinner for $50, with a concession price of $25 also on offer.

Residents of Hume come from more than 160 different countries, including Timor-Leste.

The municipality thrives on its diversity, with in excess of 140 different languages spoken in homes around Hume.

A total of 25 separate faiths are followed in Hume, and the area is heralded as one of Australia’s most culturally-rich places.

To book a ticket to the Friends of Aileu dinner and forum, go to this webpage.  

For more details, visit here.  

Alternatively, contact Chris Adams on or 0475 954 068.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 26 April 2016

Updated : 2:27 PM, 26 April 2016

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