Subject: Community nails; tools for Timor

Whitehorse Leader (Australia)

May 28, 2003 Wednesday LENGTH: 171 words

Community nails; tools for Timor

YOU need tools to rebuild a nation, and Whitehorse residents have donated hundreds of them to help get the roof back on war-ravaged East Timor.

Bunnings Box Hill joined forces with Rotary International, Freemasonry Victoria and the Knights of the Southern Cross in a statewide project called Working Tools for East Timor.

Store manager Graeme Marshall said customers had arrived in their droves, donating everything from antique planes to new saws, drills and power tools.

"We were absolutely amazed at the effort customers made to empty out their garage and bring them down to the store," Mr Marshall said.

"The generosity of people is really incredible. They deserve a big pat on the back."

The project, which ended on Saturday, aimed to collect 1 million hand tools to help rebuild houses and infrastructure destroyed in the lead-up to East Timor's independence vote.

The tools will be repaired, sharpened and shipped off to the Salesians of Don Bosco in East Timor for distribution through its missions.

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