Supporting children in need

Colac district woman Sheldan Convery-Oborne, main picture, and Francesca Hickman, inset.

TWO Colac district women are raising money to help overseas communities.

Swan Marsh’s Sheldan Convery-Oborne will travel to East Timor to work in schools in January while Simpson’s Francesca Hickman will work at an orphanage in Nepal in December.

Miss Convery-Oborne said she decided to visit East Timor after her mother Ann-Maree Convery taught in a school there.

“She went over for an eight-week stint and just fell in love with it,” she said.

“She’ll go over for another term and I’ll go over for half of that.”

Ms Convery teaches Italian at St Brendan’s and Birregurra primary schools.

Miss Convery-Oborne is studying public health and health promotion at Deakin University.

“I’ll go over there and basically use my skills I’ve learnt and teach them life skills through sport,” she said.

“I’ll just help out in the classroom when Mum needs me as well.”

Miss Hickman will work at an orphanage in Nepal with a group of fellow La Trobe University students.

“I’ve always wanted to do it; I’m studying social work so that’s a big part of it,” she said.

“For my trip we go for three weeks, we’ll stay in a little place outside Kathmandu.”

Miss Hickman said she thought she would be helping students with homework and teaching computer skills.

“We’re not 100-per-cent sure of what volunteering we’re doing and we won’t know until we get there,” she said.

The women have organised a fundraising night at the end of the month, showcasing Colac district musicians.

Miss Hickman said money they raised would go towards books and balls as well as a contribution towards the orphanage’s program.

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