Fishing mission: The Salvos team aiming to help Timorese.
Fishing mission: The Salvos team aiming to help Timorese.

Trawling for skills in Timor

THE old adage “give someone a fish, they'll eat for a day; teach someone to fish, they'll eat for life” is being realised by a Banora Point principal.

Darren Scott from Centaur Primary travels to East Timor on July 3 with a Salvation Army team to share skills in building, cooking, hairdressing and his self-described obsess- ion, fishing.

“I will be taking much-needed fishing tackle with me to give to the children to assist them to catch food and to enable them to possibly catch fish to sell,” said Mr Scott.

He said the team will provide safer alternatives to glass and plastic bottles currently used as swimming goggles to gather food from reefs.

“It's extremely dangerous,” he said.

“My purpose is to take a passion and provide an income stream and also a food source.”

Mr Scott said funds were raised by team members, the Salvation Army and a generous donation of $1000 from Victory Ford South Tweed Heads.

“We did it the hard way, the slow way,” he said.

“But it's the poorest country in the world and our closest neighbour, so it's worth it.”

East Timor Mission team leader Lucas Cairnes said helping the Timorese was a natural choice for the Salvos.

“It'll be tough, considering the conditions we'll be staying in, but the Timorese live that way every day so, it's a small price to pay,” said Mr Cairnes.

“It's an adventure, that's for sure.”

Mr Scott is looking forward to the eight-and-a-half-hour truck ride into the hills after arrival in Timor, despite low-quality roads.

Donations for the East Timor Mission to Salvation Army (07) 55 245 081 or in person at the corner of Woodlands and Leisure Drive, Banora Point.



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