Update on our progress December 2019

Furniture being delivered to Boramba kindergarten.

2019 has seen the successful running of our three completed kindergartens. Teachers continue to pool resources and collaborate in order to bring about the best outcomes for our growing student base.

Bobe Kindergarten was running by April 2019 with teachers Lala and Teodora taking on the role. Lala has come with experience from Bei Cala kindergarten and Teodora has completed 2 years of teacher training in Dili. We wish them every success.

More furniture has been delivered to Boramba and the teachers grow in confidence. They are looking for ways to build their teaching and entrepreneurial skills. They are building their sewing abilities and looking at buying a photocopy to offer a service to people in the area.

We are also still hope to build a fourth kindergarten in Suai on land donated by the family of Antonio Gomes. Antonio works for the Australian ADF in Dili as an interpreter and in logistics. We are waiting for government approval at present. We can’t thank Bradley enough. His posting in Timor Leste is coming to an end and we wish him every success in the future.

Looking to the future we are focusining on the Suai kindergarten and setting up an Adult Education Centre in Bei Cala. We hope to offer computer courses, English lessons, sewing classes and further kindergarten training as a start. Macbooks have been donated by Robyn Inskip.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us and continues to help us achieve our educational outcomes in Timor Leste in Grub’s memory. Our yearly fundraiser is not too far in the future and I hope to catch up with your all.

Our fish farm at work.
Our new hire car.

Published by dlocke on 07 Jan 2020

Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Match 2020

Published by dlocke on 07 Jan 2020

Annual Report/Accounts 2018/19

The Grub Club Education Fund

As per our mission statement, our purpose is to enhance the opportunity for children to receive an education. To that end in 2018/19 the third kindergarten has been built in Bobé village, bringing the total kindergartens to three. We have been able to consolidate the template and offer villages a set amount of dollars which they use to tailor make a kindergarten to their environment.

In Bobé, no toilet was needed, as the kindergarten was situated next to the primary school which had facilities. As the ground was flatter, they were also able to reduce the foundation height and add windows. We did away with the internal ceiling lining which also saved on costs. Extra costs were needed to transport building materials to Bobé due to isolation. They were able to stay within budget of US$12000.

Bobé kindergarten finished November 2018

Boramba kindergarten in action 2018

Kindergarten teachers receiving digital literacy training July 2018

Checking out the Suai kindergarten site with Belinda, Lisa, Antonio and his brother July 2018.

Added to this we were able to put lino down and install furniture. Toys, books and resources were also provided. Additional resources were also provided to Boramba and Bei Cala kindergartens.

In April of 2019 we were able to deliver books in English to High School in Boramba. This will aid English classes in the school. I personally plan on returning in 2020 and volunteering in the English classes.

We also started our primary dental care program. Thanks to the generous donation of Colgate Australia of toothbrushes and toothpaste we are targeting pre-school and kindergarten, first year students and teaching oral hygiene. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication school holidays coincided with our visit, so only a limited program was offered. This program will continue in March-July 2020.

On our 2018 visit we also offered digital literacy classes to our kindergarten teachers from Boramba and Bei Cala. Each pre-school has been provided with a laptop, which they are responsible for. Paolo Alves assisted with translating and due to his IT expertise was able to deliver the directions.

Finally, thanks to the generous donations of people from our local community in Bellingen Shire we have delivered 2 pallets of books, toys and clothes to Dili and on to Bei Cala. Thanks to Wayne Locke, Monica Constable, a incredible team of truck drivers who ensured these donations made it to Darwin, and then to the Defence Cooperation Program – Timor Leste (DCP_TL) particularly Bradly Huglett and Antonio Gomez and of course Jino Pereria we have managed to have those same goods moved from Darwin to Dili at no cost. This is an incredible achievement and thanks to all those that have helped. A third has left in this financial year, and a fourth will go shortly.

All in all, our dental program, books, toys and clothes program have cost us no money which has allowed us to spend our budget on building schools. In 2020 we hope to see Suai school finally built and an Adult Education Centre in Bei Cala. At present we are applying for funding to build the centre. This is hoped to be a village hub and offer courses in digital literacy, English lessons, kindergarten training and sewing and dressmaking skills. We hope this model will be carried forward to other places.

Compiled by Secretary/Treasurer and Founder

Debbie Locke

25th August 2019

        Above. Kindergarten students receiving toothbrush and toothpaste from dental program.

Teacher from the local high schooland myself (middle)


Income statement for small charities  
Government grants $0
Donations and bequests $10889.15
Other revenue/receipts $0
Total revenue/receipts (a + b + c) $10889.15
Other income, if applicable $
Total income/receipts (d + e) $10889.15
Employee expenses/payments $0
Grants and donations made for use in Australia $0
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia $13738.48
Other expenses/payments $190.00
Total expenses/payments (g + i + j + k) $13928.48
Net surplus/deficit (f – l) $-3039.33
Balance sheet  
t. Total assets $10504.27
y. Total liabilities $0
z. Net assets/liabilities (t – y) $10504.27

Published by dlocke on 25 Aug 2019

Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Event

Published by dlocke on 10 Dec 2018
Last edited by dlocke on December 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Thomas Hain’s Tribute Essay

Why is the centenary of ANZAC important in modern Australia?

Respect. The centenary of ANZAC cannot be summed up in a greater word then respect for
what those valiant young, brave men and women fought for. For Australia to realise that we
as a nation owe an unforgiving debt to the ANZACs, “Lest We Forget”, their bravery, their
resilience, their hard-fought battles, we must commemorate those who fought for King and
country, foretold our nation would not stand as mighty as it does in this modern era.
I myself, only found out recently upon visiting the Australian War Memorial that one of my
relatives, and a family friend from both WW2 and Afghanistan did not die in vain, they
charged the enemy lines and saved fellow soldiers from certain death, and in turn costing
one his life, the ultimate sacrifice, while proudly serving his nation and all Australians. These
two men, both Private Frank Partridge VC, and Sargent Matthew Locke MG, from Macksville
and Bellingen respectively, both are commemorated at the role of honour, and hall of valour
in the War Memorial. To quote Matthew Locke’s Sister, Debbie Locke, “there is an ANZAC in
every one of us, we all share that great ANZAC legend, as did Matthew.”
As young a nation we were, our young fearless men and women were as patriotic and
supportive of British Involvement in WW1 that 416,809 of a nation of less than five million
risked everything to follow king and country into battle. Sacrificial and resilient with the
notion they could die at any time but did so in such honour and created a long-lasting
history of the Great War. In order to bestow our gratitude towards the ANZACs we need to
fully understand the battlefields they fought, they hardships they endured and sacrifices
that were made. “Lest We Forget” ANZACs are mainly recognised for charging Gallipoli under the orders of a Winston Churchill and suffering the loss of 8,709 brothers with 26,000 injured. Many Australians only see the ANZACs fighting in Ottoman controlled Gallipoli, without recognising the many valiant and
important battles we fought elsewhere. The ANZAC centenary must remain for the decades
to come for us modern Australians to remember that we would not be the same great
nation today if we didn’t involve ourselves so heavily in The Great War.
We often overlook the major significance of Lemnos during ANZAC commemoration, the
main epicentre of the ANZAC Gallipoli campaign, a location where we practiced landings,
where nurses treated our wounded brothers, where soldiers had brief moments of rest
between the carnage and mayhem of the Gallipoli Campaign, Lemnos is vital for the ANZACs
to come out of the Ottoman controlled peninsula alive. We must, as a modern nation,
commemorate the nurses and medical officers for without them the deaths of ANZACs at
Gallipoli would have exceeded 15000. Lemnos is one of the reasons why the centenary of
ANZAC is important, we must respect those who fought for our freedom. “Lest We Forget”
One town that claimed too many ANZAC’s and became known as Hell by frontline troops,
Passchendaele or actually known as The Third Battle of Ypres in 1917, is mostly overlooked
by modern Australians, we dismiss the battle as a singular assault on a town called
Passchendaele without realising, the assault was a targeted battle of capturing the southern
Belgium Gheluvelt Plateau from German Occupation, we simply didn’t just fight in a town
called Passchendaele where British General Haig, considered “shy as a schoolgirl” never saw
the battle.

Yet our fearless brothers in arms launched an assault to claim one of many key towns along
the front on July 31st and wouldn’t stop until 12th of November when the Canadians finally
took Passchendaele for the Commonwealth. To quote Siegfried Sassoon on his experiences
in Passchendaele “…I died in Hell they, called it Passchendaele, my wound was slight and I
was hobbling back; and then a shell burst slick upon the duckboards; so, I fell into the
bottomless mud, and lost the light” The name is synonymous now highlight the loathsome
of war and how in a few months, our nation lost another 36,500 brave ANZACs soldiers. In a
few months of battle, a whole town was completely destroyed, half a million soldiers died,
and an ever-lasting legacy was established. Passchendaele is often overlooked and forgotten,
but for our nation to commemorate ANZAC troops that shaped our nation and acknowledge
the legacy left behind, Passchendaele can not be overlooked.
What most Australians still don’t understand about the ANZACs during WW1 is they were
not old, the vast majority of those solders were young teenagers, around my age. The
ANZACS sacrificed easy living in Australia for dirty, vigorous, frontline war in what they
believed what a holiday away to Europe and The Middle East. We as a nation have shown
true loyalty to the crown, the Commonwealth. ANZAC Day seems to be now considered the
glorification of War by some, in reality we don’t glorify the war, ANZAC Day is the day of
commemoration for the fallen brothers of our nation.
Both in Villers-Bretonneux where in 1918, the 15th & 13th battalions recaptured the town
from German Occupation whilst fighting in a heavily destroyed town capturing it on 25th
April 1918 and in London where on April 25th, 1916, 2,000 Anzacs, marched in the first ever
ANZAC Day Service in the capital of the Commonwealth, our fair nation has transversed all
of Europe in a matter of four years whilst we lost some of the bravest and fearless soldiers.
The old chestnut, “Time waits for no man”, is written with remembrance in mind, we have
just passed another Memorial time post last Friday, 27th July with the 65th anniversary of the
Korean War Armistice. In between the 100th anniversary of WW1 Armistice, the 11th November 2018, we will once again pause to remember and solemnly reflect. This time its
the 75th anniversary of the Australian prisoners of war work at Hell Fire Pass and the
completion of the Thai Burma railway on the 16th October 2018.
A quote courtesy of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs highlighting the upcoming Century
of Service states:“The Century of Service honours and commemorates the service and
sacrifice by generations of Australian serviceman and woman who have defended our
values and freedoms in wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War to
today.” I add and beyond.

As in our family, all conflicts come with a huge price and consequences, the adjustments for
all it directly and indirectly touches, hypocritically for life and sometimes generational after
the loss of a family member. To finish with this from Debbie Locke, Sister of Mathew Locke
MG, “The price of freedom is very high in all terms not just monetary.” “ANZAC may be a
word, but for many it is a spirt, as some people move on, others never forget, and we don’t
remember for one day but always, we will not forget.” Conclusively, the War Memorial
Founder, Charles Bean, was told by a wounded solider at Gallipoli in 1916, “will they
remember me in Australia” the realisation is yes, we do. -Thomas Hain.

Claven, J (2011) “Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc” [ONLINE] Accessed Via:

Unknown (Unknown) “The Anzac Day Tradition” (Australian War Memorial) [ONLINE]
Accessed Via: https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day/traditions

Australian Government (2018) “Battle of Villers-Bretonneux” (Anzac Centenary) [ONLINE]
Accessed Via: http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/events/centenary-battle-villersbretonneux

Unknown (11 Nov 2002) “The 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)” (Digger History)
[ONLINE] Accessed Via: http://www.diggerhistory.info/pagesbattles/ww1/france/3rd_ypres.htm

Hunter, C (10 Nov 2017) “Brining Bean’s Vision to Life” (Australian War Memorial)
[ONLINE] Accessed Via: https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/charles-bean-and-the-artof-nation

Hain, T (28 July 2018) “Interview with Ms Debbie Locke & Mrs Belinda Jolley” [INTERVIEW]
Accessed Via: See Attached File

Published by dlocke on 09 Dec 2018
Last edited by dlocke on December 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

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