BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ALMA NUNS WHO TEND TO DISABLED CHILDREN IN TIMOR LESTE AND INDONESIA
“ALMA NUNS VISIT AGAIN’’
Caring for a disabled child in Australia is a tough and stressful task but in a third world country like Timor Leste, with its lack of basic care programs, specialized equipment and trained health workers, it can be a nightmare.
That is why you have to hand it to the Alma Nuns who undertake such a hard task in those countries with virtually no support or assistance.
This September two of the Sisters visit Australia on a much needed fundraising tour.
Alongside Paulie Stewart of The Dili Allstars they visit eight colleges and will be involved with a big benefit concert at the Seaman’s Mission Melbourne 177 Flinders Street Melbourne on September 22 featuring Australia’s first Indigenous PM in the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, The Dili All-stars, The Travellers, The Flybz, Da Hypnotist, indigenous guitar whiz Elijah, Kultura Kosmika, films special guest speakers and East Timorese food.
Stewart said along with friend Gil Santos he had met the Nuns while in East Timor making music for the movie “BALIBO’’ in 2010, which later took out that year’s ARIA award for best soundtrack.
“The movie was about the murder of five journalists by invading Indonesian forces in 1975 one of whom was my elder brother and HSV 7 Melbourne cameraman Tony Stewart,’’ said the Painters And Dockers and Dili Allstars singer.
“We had been asked to visit the Nuns by friend Abel Guterres who is East Timor’s Ambassador to Australia who said the Sisters looked after “the lowest of the low.’’
“We met the Nuns and were immediately impressed by their loving, persistent and life changing work.’’
Stewart said the Alma Nuns often faced financial difficulties and needed help and so a 2018 fundraising visit had been organised.
In the past few years, the Alma Nuns have expanded their modest operations by receiving a donated van from Australia, constructing two classrooms at their premises for the children to learn skills and by extending their work to East Timor’s poorer rural districts.’’
There is a regular trail of visitors who drop in to see the Sisters with gifts of cash and toys, clothes, educational material and sports goods.
“Just dropping in to say ‘hi’ is a real thrill for the sisters, who also take advantage to practise their English,’’ said Stewart.
The Alma Nuns face constant hardships as they rely on donations from supporters for almost all of their finances.
You can donate to the Alma Nuns c/o Jesuit Mission, PO Box 193, North Sydney 2059.
Better still, get to the Benefit Concert this Saturday!
Saturday September 22 from 4 to 8 pm
@ the historic Mission to Seafarers,
717 Flinders Street, Docklands.
Admission $20/$10 concession
Featuring Dili Allstars, Da Hypnotist, Paulie Greene, Flybz, Travellers, Kultura Kosmika, films, speakers and East Timorese food.