Australind active on the Fleurieu

A DIFFERENCE: Dr Peter Gale with his nephew Ashley Vines in front of the dedication stone at Prem Illam, the new home for girls and young women, being built in Chennai. Australind builds friendships between India and Australia.

A DIFFERENCE: Dr Peter Gale with his nephew Ashley Vines in front of the dedication stone at Prem Illam, the new home for girls and young women, being built in Chennai. Australind builds friendships between India and Australia.

Back Valley’s Dr Peter Gale is a program director at UniSA and has been president of Australind Children’s Fund since 1978. 

Australind will celebrate 40 years in 2018 as a non-Government Aid Organisation, beginning in Victor Harbor in 1978. Australind now has over 200 members and supporters across Australia and the Board of Management continues to meet in Victor Harbor five times a year, with an AGM also held in Victor Harbor each year.

Australind raises over $100,000 a year and partners with charities and service providers in India and other countries, supporting a range of different development projects each year with a focus on children with disability.   

Dr Gale said the Board of Management meet regularly in Victor Harbor in the Yilki Uniting Church Hall.

“Most of the activities of Australind are based around fund raising functions in Victor Harbor, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The major projects Australind supports are based in India, in Chennai in Tamil Nadu, and projects in Assam and Herbertpur in Northern India,” Dr Gale said.   

 “Australind has continued to provide support for development projects, raising over two million dollars and has continued to do this through many volunteers allowing Australind to give 100 cents in every dollar donated to development projects,” Dr Gale said.

“Australind’s achievements include building schools and residential care facilities for children with disability, supporting health and education programs, including a school for Tibetan refugee children in northern India, a health clinic in East Timor and schools in the Philippines.”  

On May 13 and 14, Australind will hold an Open Garden at Sunningdale Farm on Mosquito Hill Road to raise funds to complete the building of two homes for young women in Chennai, one with Prema Vasam, which is nearing completion, and another at Mithra.

For more information visit www.australindchildrensfund.org or write to Australind Childrens Fund at 727 Tugwell Road, Back Valley, email at Peter.gale@unisa.edu.au or call Aileen Gale on 8554 5224. Donations can also be made by direct deposit or mailing directly to Australind Childrens Fund. 

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