Timor Adventures memory: July 2011
How the Aurora Australis icebreaker bought a motorcycle to Timor-Leste
Emma asked if she could do some fundraising for these items on the ship. The next day Emma emailed us to say that enough money had been raised for both the motorcycle and the musical instruments! We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the crew and passengers on the Aurora, people whom we had never met, in an ocean far away from Timor, it was truly wonderful! Emma went on to explain that there was a request that we call the bike “Aurora”. We could not think of a better name!
I talked to Emma a few days later and they had the funds. We will be in Timor on tour in July and will buy the instruments for the school and deliver them to Viqueque. In late July we will be running the first Women’s motorcycle tour of East Timor to celebrate 10 years of Alola. We feel that this will be a fitting time to hand over “Aurora Timor” as well as a photo of the Aurora Australis and its generous crew and passengers.
One day I hope that some of the generous people on that voyage of the Aurora Australis will come to Timor and visit “Aurora Timor”, the world’s first ice breaking motorcycle.
Our thanks to the Emma and the crew and passengers of the Aurora Australis, what a surprise and a wonderful gift!
Dave & Shirley