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East Timor responds

‘Rotary DIK has sent everything from school and medical equipment to household items, clothing, tools and utensils to Timor-Leste,’ Ms Kingsbury said. ‘I, the government and the people of Timor-Leste wish to express our heart-felt thanks to the tireless work of Rotary Clubs on behalf of Timor-Leste and in particular the work of Rotary’s DIK program.’

The Government of people of Timor-Leste would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Rotary Donations In Kind (DIK) project on their 300th shipping container of goods to be sent to Timor-Leste since 1999. The DIK project has sent $30 million worth of goods to Timor-Leste, including more than 5000 school chairs and 2000 desks in the 2013-14 year alone.

‘One of the major challenges Rotary faces is finding the funds to ship the goods as the DIK project does not receive Government support,’ Ms Kingsbury said. ‘But if people wish to assist Rotary’s DIK project, donations for this cause are tax deductable. Rotarians are your neighbours and would welcome your help.’

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