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TEAM 3 to test drive NEW TROOPIE!

Our new Troopie
Our new Troopie

The program has had a stroke of luck – we have managed to procure a 2011 Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carrier which is already in TL!! Previously owned by another NGO, Seeds of Life, the ‘new’ troopie (T2) has been paid for (thanks to a loan from our Lions partners), registered and insured – a process which has taken 2 months – just in the nick of time for Team 3 to test drive it when they arrive next week! A massive thankyou to Daryl Mills, RAWCS’s man on the ground, ROMAC coordinator and great mate, for doing all the grunt work and making T2 a reality. Without him we wouldn’t have even known a vehicle was coming up for sale!  Thanks Daryl!! (For those unfamiliar with the acronyms, RAWCS = Rotary Australia World Community Service, and ROMAC = Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children. GO to http://www.rawcs.com.au and http://www.romac.org.au for more info on these worthy organisations)

Team 3 consists of Dr Blanche Tsetong, who is in the process of moving back to the madness of Sydney from the glorious Sunshine Coast, and newcomer, Dr Linda Velosky, who has a practice in Redfern. This very small team will be heading to the hills in their second week in TL – to the town of Maubisse, much loved by the colonial Portuguese in the hot, dry months. While it basks in the sun in the morning, Maubisse is usually shrouded in thick cloud by midday, becoming a town of shadow and mist. Cold. V cold. Bring your Ugg boots girls!

 

Disaster strikes for the program

Out Troopie in 2012 on the way to Letefoho
Out Troopie in 2012 on the way to Letefoho
The roads are bad in Timor Leste, especially outside of Dili. Rough. Hard on vehicles (and their drivers). This year, the program’s vehicle, a Toyota Troop Carrier, finally succumbed to the pressures of being driven to remote villages in TL and kicked the bucket – AGAIN. Over the past couple of years, the ‘Troopie’ has become exponentially more expensive to repair. Now we are faced with the grim fact that we need a new – secondhand – one. With the majority of our work being in remote and rural locations, a vehicle that can carry all our equipment is essential. PLEASE HELP US TO RAISE $25 000 by next February so we can continue our work!