A BALI girl displays books received through the Balinese Support Program.
A BALI girl displays books received through the Balinese Support Program. Photo Supplied

Bali orphans receive helping hand

JAN Harvey has dedicated her life to helping Bali orphans.

“I have found a lot of people want to help but don't know how and it's as simple as taking a small package with you when you travel to Bali with some linen, towels or clothes,” Ms Harvey said.

The founder of Crystal Journey in Tweed Centro said she started the Balinese Support Program two years ago.

“While on a trip to Bali I asked about orphanages and visited a lot of them and started doing research into helping them,” Ms Harvey said.

“I found some were very wealthy and others were very poor so I got involved with the John Fawcett Foundation which does an amazing job and provides free cataract operations, eye care to the poor, as well as cleft palate operations.

“A couple of friends and I sponsor 50 children through the foundation and I visit Bali four times a year to see the children I sponsor.”

Ms Harvey said another organisation she became involved with, Bali Kids, was run by Brenton Whittaker, originally from Adelaide.

“Brenton runs an orphanage called Anak Anak Bali Kids with 24 orphans and he also runs a mobile medical clinic and travels around east and west Bali providing free medical treatment to children,” she said.

Through her program Ms Harvey visits orphanages and helps provide remote village support and education assistance.

When she is not in Bali Ms Harvey dedicates her time to raising awareness about her program through Crystal Journey in Tweed.

“We have calendars for sale for $10 at the shop and it is also a drop-off point for any donations to take to Bali on my next trip,” Ms Harvey said.

A banquet fundraiser will be held at the Bali Hut, Coolangatta on Saturday, September 25 from 6pm when Ms Harvey will give a presentation about what she has been doing in Bali for the past two years with the Balinese Support Program.

“It's not about gunning for money, it's about providing awareness on how Australians can help financially deprived children in Bali,” she said.

“Also it is to show how easy it is to take things to Bali and help.

“Hopefully from the evening we will raise enough for the mobile medical centre run by Brenton to employ another nurse.”

Tickets cost $40 a head and include live entertainment and a Balinese banquet. Bookings must be made by September 17.

Tickets are available from Crystal Journey Centro Tweed. Phone (07) 5536 8881 or email crystaljourney@bigpond.com.

Visit www.crystaljourney.com.au and click on Balinese Support Program for further information.

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