You can help provide quality education for children in remote Timor-Leste. Enter now for your chance to win a unique piece of art.

How You’ll Be Helping

Every country’s future is in the hands of its children. In the case of Timor-Leste – a young nation stepping out from under the dark shadow of conflict – this statement rings particularly true. Half the population are under eighteen, and one third of those are under eight.

While 81% of children aged four in Australia attend a pre-school, only 17% of children in Timor-Leste do. Children enrolling in primary school are generally not prepared and often it is the first time they have seen a book or even held a pencil. In addition, about 50% of children under the age of five in Timor-Leste have limited growth potential due to poor nutrition and hygiene. This has a significant impact on a child’s brain development and susceptibility to disease.

Bedois pre-school students with former Palms Australia volunteer Margaret Cassidy
Pre-school students with former Palms Australia volunteer Margaret Cassidy and colleague Juliana

To help address this gap, Palms Australia is supporting Paroquia St Teresinha do Menino Jesus, a recently opened pre-school in the outer Dili suburb of Bedois. Palms Australia has placed experienced early childhood educator, Christine Davids, to help build the staff’s understanding of child development; family involvement; curriculum development; resource development; and program planning and implementation.

The proceeds from this raffle will help fund this placement, helping give young children in remote Timor-Leste access to good quality education.

The Prizes

First Prize: Hagen Ceremonial Axe, Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea

Hagen ceremonial axe

Hagen Axes form part of ceremonial life in the highlands of PNG. Representing law, labour and industry, these decorated axes were also highly collectable by early explorers. Now they’re quite rare. This axe won’t chop your firewood, but will look great over a mantle.

Dimensions: 49cm x 51cm

Second Prize: A Walk in the Grampians, a mixed-media artwork by Anne-Marie Joyce.

Walk in the Grampians painting
Walk in the Grampians by Anne-Marie Joyce

Combining pen, pastel and watercolour, long term Palms Australia supporter Anne-Marie Joyce has created a one-off piece inspired by friendship and family, set against the bushland and rural surroundings of her home in Victoria.

Dimensions: 43cm x 31cm (framed)

Third Prize: Betel Mortar from Ramu River, Papua New Guinea

Betel motar

Chewing betel nut mixed with lime and pepper is a common pastime in PNG. Elders use decorative betel mortars like this to crush the nut and lime to avoid damaging their teeth. We’ll let you decide how to use it!

Dimensions: 15cm x 7.5cm


  • 1 = $10
  • 5 = $40
  • 30 = $200
  • Book (100) = $400


The raffle has now closed.

Raffle winners will be drawn on Tuesday 3 April at 12:00pm AEST at our office in Sydney. Tickets available until this date or until sold out. 1000 tickets are available. The winners will be contacted on Tuesday 3 April and announced on our website and social media channels. Palms Australia will only pay for shipping of prizes within Australia. Prizes will be delivered outside of Australia at the winner’s own expense.

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Good luck!