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Council Supports East Timor Aid Relief

Mid Ulster District Council has donated a dozen household recycling bins to TAIS (Timorese Association Inclusive Support) group in support of their aid relief for East Timor.

The bins will be used to safely transport clothes, personal hygiene products and educational resources to the victims of the natural disaster in East Timor, which is ongoing since Sunday 4 April. Flooding and landslides have left hundreds of people injured, missing or dead.
 
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan commented on the tragedy, he said:

Many people have been left devastated by flooding and landslides across the country of East Timor. With many homes and personal items destroyed, I’m pleased that we can play a small part in getting this much needed aid to the people who have been most adversely affected by this natural disaster.

A spokesperson from TAIS group said:
“Three days of heavy rain were the cause of flooding in the early hours of Easter Sunday in East Timor. The main areas affected are Dili, Manatuto, Ainaro and Oecusse, including West Timor. 

“We welcome all donations big or small in the form of clothes, personal hygiene and educational resources (school bags, stationery, colouring pencils, shoes, socks, toothbrushes, balls) for victims of the flooding, to help rebuild a safe and brighter future in the coming months. 

“I would like to thank everyone at Mid Ulster District Council and our local MLA’s for the valuable support to the East Timor Community to help those in need in East Timor.”  

If you would like to make a donation to this appeal, there are several drop off points including Malumera Asean Shop, Dungannon, and Lili Supermarket, Cookstown. This appeal will close on 30 April so that items can be sent to East Timor in the first week of May 2021. 

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