Timor-Leste: building an economy and a future

With Her Excellency Kirsty Sword Gusmão
First Lady of Timor-Leste and Chair of the Alola Foundation

Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS LUNCHEON in association with the Hawke Centre at UniSA and sponsored by Finlaysons

Friday 16 March 2007 - postponed

12:00 – 2:00pm Sharp - Lyrics Room, Adelaide Festival Centre

This event has been postponed - future date to be advised

Where do you begin and what can you hope to achieve in rebuilding a wartorn society and its economy?

Message from the office of the First Lady - 5 March 2007

Many of you are receiving more information than we do at times in Dili, so it will come as no surprise to say that the situation continues to deteriorate, with the only unknown being how bad things can get. It is not my intention to go into details as to the havoc that politically orchestrated hooligans can lord over the people of Timor. They are currently demanding more media/public attention than they are worthy of as it is. We would instead prefer to give a voice to those who are not being heard, the women and children. As in all conflict situations, they remain the most vulnerable and sacrifice the most. Kirsty has one wish only, and that is to ask you all, to do what ever you are able to ensure the show goes on. If the need for money and support for the Alola Foundation was great before the crisis, you can only imagine how valuable your efforts are now.

To maintain your support of the Alola Foundation, go to their web site: http://www.alolafoundation.org 


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