East Timor Hearts Fund
Australians supporting a healthy Timor-Leste
East Timor Hearts Fund is a new medical aid charity providing life-saving heart surgery in Australia for young East Timorese people.
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There are a lot of totally indispensable people in our East Timor Hearts Fund world, and none more so than our right hand man Alarico da Conceicao, a social worker with our partner Bairo Pite Clinic. He assists with organising the clinics that Dr Noel and our volunteer medical team run in Dili; deals with no end of paperwork and headaches to arrange visas and passports for our patients; and perhaps most importantly, accompanies our patients to Australia. He's been numerous times now with Leonito, Lucas and many more patients. For our patients experiencing the stress of major surgery and the shock of a new country, Alarico is a lifeline, interpreting, explaining, arranging, always by their side. He has a young family and work and study commitments of his own, so coming to Australia several times a year is a big sacrifice. Thank you just isn't enough but it will have to do.
Our patients Tomas and Nina are about to board their flight back to Timor-Leste. What an action packed trip it has been! Their first ever fun run, making headlines in the newspapers and of course a life-saving heart procedure for Tomas. They'll never forget the experience, and neither will we.
Before he left Tomas asked us to pass on a message: "No amount of money could ever repay what the team at MonashHeart and East Timor Hearts Fund have done for me. I can only pray for you all so that you have prosperity and health always."
We'd like to thank all who donated to the $20k for Tomas appeal. We're still doing the final totals, but we made our target, and raised enough to offer treatment to another patient. So stand by for news on that!
Bon voyage Tomas and Nina, and thank you.
We had the best day at Run Melbourne, raising funds for our $20k for Tomas appeal. The highlight was watching patients Tomas and Nina - both too sick to walk a block without pain and
breathlessness prior to their heart procedures - taking part. Please help us help other patients - donate at https://
A big thanks to everyone who helped, donated and participated, and our event sponsors Aspect Skin Care and Susan Bell.
Pics by the wonderful Daniel Mendelbaum, from Daniel M Photo-Graphics, who donated his time today. See the full set here and on our Facebook page.
East Timor Hearts Fund
ABN: 59 160 158 074