EIGHT young Timorese have their sights firmly set on World Youth Day in Sydney next year thanks to the East Timor Support Group of Sunnybank parish.
The group’s fundraising target is $18,000, to transport and accommodate the chosen eight, and it has raised about half.
Melly Santos (pictured), from Balibo parish, situated about 10 km from the Indonesian border, said she is looking forward to the event as it will strengthen her faith and give her greater insights in terms of involvement of youth in the Church.
“World Youth Day will strengthen my … fraternity with many friends from the international community,” she said.
Melly’s mother and father have both died and she lives with her brother.
Melly studies English at the Catholic University of Widya Mandira Kupang in Indonesia.
Yohanes Edy is from Bobinaro parish, located on the boarder between East and West Timor.
He envisions becoming “a pioneer of peace” following the WYD08 experience.
Yohanes is the third of seven brothers from a family he describes as “simple”.
He works as a journalist to support his family – his father is deceased – and is the youth co-ordinator for St Anthony’s, Balibo.
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