Helping to bring clean, renewable lighting to remote East Timorese communities at Christmas
Our last Green Drinks for 2016 on the topic of Community Energy, proved very popular with 80 people attending. We had presentations from Nicky Ison from Community Power Agency and our own CORE Geelong Coordinator, Dan Cowdell.
Given the topic and in the spirit of Christmas, we decided to raise some money for ATA's East Timor Solar Project. Committee member, Tim Adams spoke passionately about his recent field trip. ATA has been working with East Timorese communities to provide clean, renewable lighting and electricity since 2003. There still, the majority of rural households depend on expensive kerosene and candles for lighting. We were all humbled to learn the significant human impact that just 20W of solar power could achieve: children could study at night and chores could be completed - lives changed!
Geelong Sustainability decided to add our Green Drinks entry donations to the other funds collected. The upshot was a total of $300 was raised. This enabled us to purchase 6 x gifts to Renewable Energy Development Trust Fund - equivalent to a solar panel for 6 East Timorese families. How good is that?