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We’re all speaking the language of friendship

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May 01, 2018

Heather Watson, East Timor's Lucy Xavier, Robyn Lucas and Noel Lucas.

EAST Timor’s Lucy Xavier has literally crossed oceans to reunite with the teachers who taught her English.

And they live right here, in Rochester.

Locals Heather Watson and Robyn Lucas, who taught Lucy in her town of Ainaro in 2014 and 2015 respectively, were over the moon to have Lucy on Rochester soil.

‘‘We’ve taken her for a tour around Rochester and Echuca and allowed her to meet other people involved in projects in Timor,’’ Robyn said.

‘‘And she’s been able to reunite with others who visited her town in the past.’’

Heather and Robyn first travelled to East Timor in 2012 with Teachers for Timor, an English support program run out of Ballarat.

Returning last year, they bumped into their past student Lucy.

It was suggested Lucy participate in a program at Ballarat Grammar School as a classroom assistant.

Travelling to Ballarat in early January, she’s been working there ever since.

And she decided to use her precious school holidays to visit her beloved English teachers — plus a few other Timor enthusiasts.

Members of the Campaspe East Timor Association in Friendship (CETAF) were particularly excited to meet Lucy, as she had been the face on promotional posters for the group’s recent ‘Faces of Timor’ exhibition at Echuca library.

‘‘It’s amazing to see the way Lucy has developed since we met her, she’s in the workforce and actively involved in her community,’’ Robyn said.

‘‘Plus it’s just wonderful to have her learn all about who we are, what we do — and how many groups are assisting all over East Timor. Not just in her town.’’

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