TOOWOOMBA businessman Barry Walsh continues to report success as his Seed For Feed pro-gram supports increasing numbers of orphanages and other centres across East Timor.
“This year alone has seen more than 40 million seeds sent,” he said.
“The seeds include many vegetable and grain varieties including corn, sorghum and mung beans.
“The resulting crops are used to feed those at the orphanages or sold to raise money.”
Mr Walsh, together with the Salesian Don Bosco Centre, works with schools which can house many students.
“Many families cannot afford the fees and boarding costs so produce from the gardens is an important way to feed these students,” he said.
“At the start of the 2012 school year, eight young students, who had never been to school before aged from 10 to 12 were able to attend school thanks to the program.”
The Seed for Feed Program started as an idea of Mr Walsh’s in 1999.
Over the years both Our Lady of Lourdes, Newtown and Sacred Heart Wilsonton parishes and schools have donated to the program.