October in Bei Cala


The finished classroom.

For the second time this year I have been able to visit Timor Leste and finish the work started in April. I had the pleasure of Belinda’s company and assistance once again from DCP-TL servicemen Daniel and Antonio.  We firstly were able to finish the school building maintenance in Boramba. This now means our second kindergarten building is ready to go. At present we are training teachers and once they are up to speed we will have two classes in neighbouring villages.

The work involved cementing the last floor of the school house and the local lads, led by Kamal, replastered walls and painted them fresh. It looks magnificent. We also purchased lino for the floor, which finished it off nicely. A big thank you to DCP-TL Daniel and Antonio for their help this time, it is very appreciated.

We also had the opportunity to visit a third site in the nearby village of Bobe (pronouced Bobby). The villagers will provide a level site and we are looking to supply the funds for resources and man power to build the kindergarten. There may be slight modifications to improve the layout but otherwise we will follow our existing formula which seems to work.  It is hoped by this time next year this kindergarten will be almost complete.

Thirdly, we were very chuffed to be asked to build a fourth kindergarten in Suai. A town a few hours away and home to Antonio. Antonio has worked for the Australian Army for a number of years in logistics and translating and we are certainly pleased to look into this idea. Hopefully on our next visit we will be able to do a reccy to the area.

While staying with our hosts Anisetto and Karbina in Bei Cala I also visited our Bei Cala Kindergarten and worked with Lala at every opportunity. There is certainly a need to train more teachers to help Lala and provide a back up. This time last year we trained 7 teachers. Three have found work elsewhere, two in teaching, one is unable to teach due to ill health which left us with two. Our goal is to now train some more. This is important resource building.

Thank you to all those involved particularly the communities of Bei Cala, Boramba and Bobe and Bellingen. The support of all of you has made this possible and it continues the legacy of Sgt. Matthew Locke MG. We hope he is proud of our efforts.

Published by dlocke on 12 Nov 2017
Last edited by Peter Dexter on November 14, 2017 at 8:24 am

2017 Photos

Thanks Kathy Glyde for sharing photos.

Published by dlocke on 05 Jun 2017
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Sgt. Matthew Locke MG 2017 Game Wrap up

The following report is thanks to Stephen Glyde. President of the Magpies.

What a day! Many seasoned judges rated the Annual Matthew Locke Charity event the best yet. All the games except one were closely fought affairs and kept the large crowd highly entertained.

With the Magpies Under 18’s debuting up to six players with little or no rugby league experience there was a thought that they would struggle to compete against more experienced teams. This was shown to be false with a two point loss to Macksville to begin the day.

The next game was a Women’s League Tag game between Bellingen and Uralla.  Women’s League Tag will be a regular part of the Group 2 competition this season and this game showed that the Magpies will be very competitive as they also lost a close game to the New Englanders.

Woolgoolga and Uralla then played out a very physical game of First Grade rugby league with the Sea Horses just holding on for a win.

Last year’s Group 2 Premiers the South Grafton Rebels showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with, after a heavy defeat of the Navy Tridents.

The Air Force Jets then proved a little too classy for the Macksville Sea Eagles in a physical encounter that went down to the wire.

After that the Army Band marched on, the Governor was welcomed, Mackay Tucknott said the Welcome to Country and then Erica and Freya Cross led the crowd in the National Anthem and it was time for the main game.

Once again the Magpies really put it to the Thunder but try as they might they could not get their noses in front with the conversion of a try going amiss right on full time the Magpies went down 30-28.

Thanks to all the participants who contributed to such a great day and let’s hope everything comes together once again next year.

Published by dlocke on 05 Jun 2017
Last edited by dlocke on June 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm

April in Bei Cala

During the last school holidays (April) I had the pleasure to catch up with the people from village of Bei Cala, Timor Leste. This time Wayne accompanied me and Dean West from Brisbane. We travelled to Dili via Darwin and were met by Jino at the airport.

On our first night we met the boys from the Defence Cooperation Program Timor-Leste (DCP-TL) in Dili.  We met Daniel, Craig, Roy and Brad who would be travelling up Monday and meeting us in Bei Cala to help with the work ahead.

We had set ourselves and ambitious program to fix up our original school building at Boramba. A couple of floors had been laid too thinly and consequently had broken up from wear and tear. We also hoped to weather proof the ends of the building as rain could come in.

After travelling on the Monday, I can report that road improvements are still in progress, we caught up with the boys and Karabina and Aniseto and extended family in Bei Cala.

Over the next three days were were able to re-cement one room completely by barrow and hand, fix two others, seal both ends of the building, fix furniture, hang new solid lockable doors and hang blackboards. It was an incredible pleasure to see the work undertaken by our crew, ably assisted by half dozen local boys. Thanks to all of boys for their assistance, it couldn’t have been done without them.

We also took over resources for our kindergartens and are planning on returning in the October holidays to continue the work.

Published by dlocke on 05 Jun 2017
Last edited by Peter Dexter on June 7, 2017 at 12:35 am

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Published by dlocke on 22 Feb 2017
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