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Timorese workers in Australia celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence Day

Timorese workers in Australia celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence Day

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DILI, 21 may 2024 (TATOLI) – It was great to see the Timorese workers at the Sundrop farm in Port Augusta, South Australia, celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the Restoration of Timor-Leste’s Independence Day with football matches and cultural dances. The celebration took place on 18 may 2024.

Both soccer matches were played between Timorese workers from the Career Employment Group (CEG) and Madec. These games were won by the CEG team (male and female) and each team received a prize of AU$100.

After the matches, the Timorese team celebrated the Restoration of Independence Day with cultural dances from Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste. 

CEG representative, Mark Quiin said: “This event is a great opportunity for the CEG team to get to know Timorese culture and strengthen the relationship between Timorese workers, the employer, and the community.”

The representative from Madec, Christie Mitchell said “great to be involved in this special event, even though I have only been in the role for six months. I am really enjoying and happy to continue to support and working with Timorese workers.”

The celebration was attended by CEG staff, Madec, Sundrop Farm Team, the Port Augusta community, the Parish Pastoral Council of All Saints Catholic Church in Port Augusta, co-workers from all the Pacific islands, and backpackers working in Sundrop.

The celebration was successful due to the great collaboration of all the Timorese workers in Port Augusta and also supported by the employer (CEG and Madec).

After the celebration, the team took part in the Thanksgiving Mass in Port Augusta on 20 May. 

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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