Archive for the 'Uruzgan' Category

Published by Peter Dexter on 12 May 2011

ABC Interview with Debbie Locke

On 20th October 2010, the GrubClub's Debbie Locke was interviewed by Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National.

Follow the link to listen to Debbie Locke talk about brother, Sgt. Matthew Locke and the work of the Grub Club. The Grub Club has extended its area of influence to now include Timor Leste where it is hoping to build a secondary school for students of the village of Bei Cala.

ABC Interview 20th October 2010


Published by Peter Dexter on 18 Nov 2009

Resources Distributed To Schools


The Grub Club has received correspondence from Afghanistan confirming that the delivered supplies have been distributed to four schools: Saidal Khan High School, Saidal Khan Primary School, Malali Girls School and Yaklinga School.

Following is the letter received from Dr Ajab Noor, Provincial Director of the Afghan Health Development Services (AHDS):

To Ms Debbie Locke

Thank you once again for your kind contribution of education supplies that your foundation has donated for the children of Uruzgan. I am pleased to report that the supplies were successfully distributed by the Afghan Health Development Services under the AusAID funded School Health Education Project, that is managed by Save the Children. The supplies were distributed to four schools in Tarin Kowt as part of our hygiene and basic health training. If you look at the spreadsheet that is included, you will see where the materials were distributed.

I would like to thank you on behalf of the children from these schools. You can see from photo that the children were very happy to receive your donation.

Dr Ajab Noor
6 November 2009

Published by Peter Dexter on 19 Jul 2009

Delivery Run to Sydney

On the 13th July, 2009 Debbie Locke and friends set off on the three hour journey to Sydney to deliver another load of  boxes of educational supplies to the DNSDC in Moorebank for delivery to Oruzgan Province schools. Included in these supplies were over 1500 exercise books and 2500 pencils, coloured pencils and crayons. There were also 65 soccer balls and over 350 tennis balls. It was with great pleasure we were able to assist Proserpine State School  who raised a colossal three boxes of pencils and rulers through their own efforts. These supplies have also gone off to be handed out to school children by Reconstruction Task Force and AusAid representatives in Oruzgan.

Published by Peter Dexter on 03 Jul 2009

Admiralty House Sydney

On the 10th January 2009, Debbie Locke was invited to Admiralty House Sydney to meet Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia. This was a great opportunity to discuss with the Governor General our objectives in Oruzgan which correlated with her own ideas of helping the plight of all women and children. While sipping coffee out of delicate china cups, Debbie was able to talk to both the Lt Gen David Hurley and Lt Gen Ken Gillespie about the situation in Afghanistan. It was also remarkable because the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd happened to drop in for a cuppa from next door. The message that was passed on from these gentlemen was that winning hearts and minds would be part of the battle in Oruzgan and humanitarian projects were very important in this process.

Meeting at Governor General's 10 Jan 09

Published by Peter Dexter on 01 Jul 2009

Aid to Mahoba’s Promise

In November 2008 OPEF were able to help another organisation in Afghanistan. Mahoba’s Promise like many humanitarian organisations faces huge cost when delivering goods to Afghanistan. We were able to donate some beanies and scarves and help get them delivered to Hope House in Kabul. Following our own meeting with the Governor General she went on to meet with a representative of Mahoba’s Promise, Obaidullah Oriakhail.