Final Timor Update

Many of the tasks have been completed by the Soldier On Volunteer program at the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili, Timor Leste.

The kitchen has a renovated sink for washing dishes, a new drying rack and information on improved food handling and general hygiene. “This has been a godsend” said Fi Oakes, the Clinic Manager. “The ladies in the kitchen have appreciated the work and support given to them by the Soldier On group. They are really happy with the improvements we have been able to implement as a result of John’s (Bettley) advice. Thanks also to Andrew (Gaye) for fixing the plumbing in the sink. Thank you all”.

Andrew Gaye doing running repairs to the kitchen sink

The new car port and shelter is almost complete, thanks to the hard work of the Timorese construction crew. It was a pleasure to work with them. Their can do attitude and tenacity, with support from the Soldier On group saw the works done in record time. Dr Dan Murphy, the Bairo Clinic director and senior medical officer said “Soldier on and Australians in general have been very helpful and generous to us. This car port will allow some order with our parking and will allow the vehicle to be parked in the shade and stay a little cooler. This is important” he said. “It means our patients will not be placed in a vehicle that has been parked in the sun”.

The group also painted the inside of a clinic and did some repairs to internal and external rendering.

This program was made possible through the generous sponsorship and support of Citadel Group, Jamieson Foley and Geelong Rotary.