At the beginning of the new school year, each Across the Timor Sea scholarship student is given a backpack, which is packed with items to support their school year (plus a few small ‘extras’).
Because of the challenges in transporting them, the backpacks have to be sent many months before the start of the new school year, then held for the students until first term starts.
The presentation causes great excitement and delight.
In recent years, Trevor Canning (from Donations in Kind, Scarborough Rotary) has included these goods in the container they send to Timor Lestè, so it has been a great support and very much appreciated.
Items included vary slightly from year to year, however Jan puts much care and attention into the job, trying to match the contents with her knowledge of the children.
It is an enormous relief to have this undertaking completed.