What Friends of Aileu does

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How you can get involved with Friends of Aileu 

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We warmly welcome the participation of all community members in the friendship relationship, particularly those who live, work or study in Moreland and Hume.

We invite community members to participate in the Friends of Aileu Community Committee, assist in fund-raising and awareness-raising activities, contribute their expertise and generally broaden their knowledge of Timor-Leste and Aileu.

You can contribute to the friendship relationship by:

  • helping to staff information stalls at community events
  • submitting ideas for awareness-raising or fund-raising
  • assisting at fund-raising events, such as our annual Trivia Night
  • contacting local organisations and businesses that may be interested in assisting with fund-raising
  • contributing articles to the periodic newsletter
  • hosting visitors from Timor-Leste
  • communicating with our friends in Aileu and helping with the management of friendship activities there
  • becoming a member of the Friends of Aileu Community Committee.

Our relationship with Aileu also provides opportunities for new and enduring friendships, formed through sharing stories, food, music and culture.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with Friends of Aileu activities or projects, contact the Project Officer.


Donations and financial assistance



News and Events

For news and to find out about Friends of Aileu's upcoming and recent events see below.

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Responding to the Easter cyclone damage

Aileu was amongst the areas badly affected by the Easter Cyclone, which brought strong winds, intense rain and devastating floods to much of Timor-Leste, with resultant landslides also destroying many houses, roads and bridges.

The Aileu Municipal Administration, the Aileu Friendship Commission and the Aileu Municipal Youth Centre are working together to coordinate the relief and recovery efforts being undertaken by community members, hamlet and village councils, local community-based organisations,various NGOs and government agencies.

Friends of Aileu made an initial donation of $2,500.  Campaspe Shire Council, Campaspe East Timor Association in Friendship and the Sanringham Sacred Heart Social Justice Group have donated a total of $2,820, while an additional $10,000 has been raised through individual donations (including $1,000 from Wild Timor Coffee) to a public appeal on GoFundMe.

These funds are being progressively sent to Aileu for emergency relief to affected households (e.g. food, blankets, mattresses and temporary shelter or building materials), based on requests considering the ongoing initial needs assessments involving site visits, inspections and the recommendations of village and sub-village chiefs.

We anticipate that further fund-raising requests from Aileu , following more detailed assessments of needs of householders, and to help repair damaged vegetable gardens and rice fields and community assets such as irrigation infrastructure.  

For further information, or to make a donation, please email the Project Officer Chris Adams.


Aileu Municipal Administration, Aileu Friendship Commission and Scholarship Program

We congratulate Mr Abel da Conceicao on his appointment in February this year as Aileu's new Municipal Administrator.  We also thank the outgoing Municipal Administrator Mr Joao Tilman do Rego for his support for the friendship relationship throughout his five-year term. 

Mr Abel is continuing the work commenced by Mr Joao to revitalise and reconvene the Aileu Friendship Commission, which has met several times since August 2020, has with assistance from the Aileu Anan Association and especially the Aileu Municipal Youth Centre, recently completed the review and re-establishment of the Aileu University Scholarship Program and the selection for recipients for 2021. 

Best wishes to twenty-two young people from Aileu, enrolled for study at universities in Dili, who have been selected to share in the $10,000 budgeted for scholarship support for 2021.

See the article below on the Friends of Aileu Trivia Quiz 2021,which will raise funds to enable continued support for the scholarship program in 2022.

Friends of Aileu Annual Report 2020


Click on the links below to download a copy and read about Friends of Aileu's activities and achievements in 2020

Friends of Aileu Annual Report 2020

Friends of Aileu Annual Report 2020

Friends of Aileu Summary Annual Report 2020

Friends of Aileu Summary Annual Report 2020

Upcoming events

Friends of Aileu Community Committee meeting

You are welcome to join us at the bi-monthly meetings of the Friends of Aileu Community Committee.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6pm Tuesday 8 June, at the Coburg Court House (TBC).

I the planned face to face meeting does not proceed in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic situation we will revert to an on-line meeting.

For details please email the Project Officer Chris Adams.

Subsequent 2021 meeting dates:10 August, 12 October and 14 December.

Friends of Aileu Annual Trivia Quiz fund-raiser 2021

The Trivia Quiz fund-raiser will be held on Friday 27 August 2021 at Broadmeadows Town Hall or Coburg Town Hall (TBC).

We are excited toBrian Nankervis standing get back to this event and raise some funds for the Aileu University Scholarship Program after our 2020 trivia quiz was cancelled.

The Aileu Friendship Commission has recently selected 22 young people from Aileu, who will receive assistance through a share of the $10,000 budgeted for the Scholarship Program in 2021.

The incomparable Brian Nankervis, who MCd some years back, has agreed to grace us with his presence as MC again this year. 

More details will be shared as they become available.

Recent news and events

Celebrating our enduring friendship with Aileu

Coburg Town Hall came alive on 7 May In early May 2021, as 100 people came together to celebrate 21 years of friendship with Aileu.

Moreland Mayor Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan opened the night, launching a history of the relationship Aileu-Moreland-Hume: The Friendship that Binds Us, celebrating the achievements over the past 21 years.

You can download a copy here: Aileu-Moreland-Hume: The Friendship that Binds Us

Hard copies of The Friendship that Binds Us are available from the Project Officer Chris Adams.

A video was screened, conveying messages from the Aileu Municipal Administrator, other officials and community members, in which they congratulated the Friends of Aileu on this milestone and thanked them and the two Councils for their friendship and assistance over the years.

Rae and Damien Kingsbury spoke about the formation of the friendship relationships starting from 1999, their ongoing value, and some of the challenges ahead for Timor-Leste and Aileu.

Tmor Oans gave a dynamic and inspiring performance of traditional East Timorese dance and percussion.

Charlie Harrison and Damian Seddon, of Outer Urban Projects revved up the night further with their rap and hip-hop performances.

Hume Mayor Cr Joseph Haweil closed out the night with some Thank Yous and reflections on his visit to Aileu in 2019 as part of a the Morleand-Hume-Friends of Aileu delegation.

Supporting Aileu Expo of Traditional Products and Timorese Culture

A fund-raising screening of Firestarter, the story of Bangarra Dance Theatre over 30 years, at the Palace Cinema Pentridge in March, raised $1,400.

This will go towards the $3,700 budgeted to support the Aileu Resource and Training Centre coordinate the 16th annual Aileu Expo .

More details soon about how we plan to raise the $2,300 balance.

For further information, or to make a donation, please email the Project Officer Chris Adams.

Past Friends of Aileu events 



Here you can find out about the projects and programs we programs we support in collaboration with our partners in Aileu. 

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