The objectives of ‘Across the Timor Sea’ are aimed at acknowledging the bond we have with this country. Not just that it is so close geographically to Australia, or so in need of our support economically, but also honouring that special relationship of ‘friendship and mutual respect’ forged there in the early 1940s.
These objectives are as follows:
- Support Ailalec Primary School. (School Supplies, Sporting Equipment etc.) (Ongoing. Began in 2012).
- Establish a Sister/Friendship School relationship between Ailalec School & WA Schools.
- Establish a High School ‘Leavers’ Program.
- Establish a Scholarship, in the name of ‘Nicolay/Baretto’, to further Higher Education for two students each year; a boy and a girl. (Ongoing. Began in 2012, with 2 recipients. Hopefully this will culminate in 12 students per year.)
- Install a small plaque in Ailalec, in recognition of Norman Nicolay (Nick) & Domingos Baretto (Nicolof), to commemorate the 70th anniversary of their first meeting. (Accomplished in 2012!)
- Explore avenues to support the above projects.