AN AUSTRALIAN AID ORGANISATION
2016 Bike Ride
Stage 4 Hera School
Bike ride information
Security fence and sign
Bike Ride Team 2013
At the beginning
The HANDS bike ride has been completed for another year. A full report will be posted soon, here are a couple of photos to show the fine weather while out there.
Stage 4 Hera School This year we will carry on our work in Adelaide to raise funds for the work in Timor Leste. The Big Bike Ride will happen, this year travelling through Mildura for a change and covering 858 Ks in 8 days. All riders are looking for sponsorship, if you would like to assist in any way please contact a Board Member. The annual quiz night will also be taking place later in the year, keep an eye on the web page for updates. HANDS will be raising funds to assist with the running costs of the Schools and clinics that we have built over the 14 years, by being outgoing and building a large school that will take children from preschool to year 8 also now has a large cost with teacher's wages. All wages are paid from donations, we have made this difficult as they now need more teachers. The same problem has happened with the medical clinics. So we have no plans in the next couple of years to build but to support with wages and equipment while processes are put in place to become self-supporting.
Kay and Natalie have been to Timor Letse. And have returned with lots of photos and smiles that we could not wipe from their faces wish I had been there as well.
2015 QUIZ NIGHT
Sorry you are too late, the Quiz night has come and gone. It was a huge success yet †again. We have manged to raise a bit over $4500.00 toward our work at the Hera school this year.
Thank you all.
New kitchen floor at Hera
Hera school stage 2 completed
We have been to timor Leste this year, some volunteers have travelled for the first time and like all of us, once we have been we return home and start to work on how we can return next year. This year we prepared the site for the Clinic for the Disabled, tiled the floor in the kitchen of the Misson Centre and started with re-roofing the house. More info on the projects page.
This year we completed another amazing bike ride. We changed the route of the ride to go through Tailem Bend, Pinnaroo, Ouyen, Mildura and down through the riverland. We had more riders which also included some casual riders that just joined us for 1 or 2 legs of the ride. This is a good idea if you can't get a week from work but would like to take part in the ride. We had a very successful ride raising $22,000.00 and getting great exposure on the local radios and TV news services. This money will go a long way to starting the disability clinic in Hera.
Don't miss the Auction night at the Arc Lutheran Church, Salisbury 19th June 2010. All the details in the newsletter on the links page.
What a year, some members travelled back to East Timor in October to try and get the stage 2 section of the school in Hera completed or at least to a stage where 1 class room could be used along with the kitchen and toilets. Still some problems with matials though, the sheeting we needed for the ceilings where held up on the Warf. And we still have problems with getting items to complete jobs from the hardware stores. But after much running around it is possible to find what is required most of the time.
We have been and returned, This is what we had when we arrived, some trusses where up and some undercoat was on the external walls but that was it. We painted inside and out, fitted all the roof trusses and roof iron. Helped with some concreting. There are a couple of photos on the projects page. One of our members also did some painting at the house were we stay prior to the teams arriving. But we are to go back in October to try and get the job completed. The new building needs to be completed so it can be used in January 2010.
BIKE RIDE FOR 2009
The Big Bike Ride from Geelong to Salisbury has been completed by 12 riders and the 2 support vehicles. However, support was also given along the ride by many people in the towns the riders stayed at. They where assisted by being looked after with showers, beds and food and I can tell you no one was hungry or dirty. We would like to thank all the freindy people that assisted along the way. Once the dust has settled we will advise how successful the ride was.
Sidara rework completed
We returned to Sidara in 2008 to do some rework on previous projects. As we built the Pre School in 2004 out of local materials we did not suspect that they would only last 2 to 3 years before they would start to break down, so we decided to go and reclad the Pre School with a product that would last. After investigations into what would be the best product in tropical conditions CSR Blue Board was recomended. As the Medical Clinic was also looking a bit tired we decided to do that building as well. All materials had to be shipped as they are not available in East Timor so they where taken to Sidara by container and work started, both the Clinic and Pre School where reclad a generator room was built with a generator donated by 2 SA businesses giving power to those 2 buildings as well as the Birthing Clinic. Branca was very impressed not having to assist birthing by candle light.
We now have HANDS clothing for you to purchase. Polo-shirts and Windcheaters. We are carrying stocks so you do not need to wait. If you would like to order some just drop an email with your name, size and quantity and they will be sent to you straight away, keep in mind if you need them posted we will need to pass on that cost as we do not make enough on the items to cover shipping.
Sizes are as per normal. S, M, L, XL and so on and costs are;
Polo-shirts $25.00 each including GST for members and $30.00 for non members.
If you are going over to East Timor this year you need to order them now.
If you would like to become a member of HANDS all you need to do is print off the membership form available from our Links page, complete it and return to the postal address below.
There are 2 levels of membership;
The first is $25.00 a year this gives you the news letters as well as voting rights at the general and AGM meetings.
The second is $60.00 for 3 years, you get all the member rights as well as a great saving, available to everyone.
This money is for the administration of HANDS, by doing this we do not need to hold back any donations to cover administration like some other aid organisations.