'There are so many like her that can be helped.'

“There are so many others like her that can be helped. That’s what this trek is all about.”

 

Paramedic Mick Stuth saw first-hand the devastating impact of rheumatic heart disease when he served as a peace-keeper in Timor-Leste. The sight of young children gasping for air, unable to run, play or go to school has remained with him. It's what inspired him to organise the Trans-Timor Trek, an epic hike to raise funds and awareness.

Recently Mick had the opportunity to meet East Timor Hearts Fund patient Alia, which he said was very moving.

“Alia told me she no longer feels tired and dizzy, and that she has an appetite again. She said she is looking forward to getting back to school and working toward her dream of studying medicine. 

“There are so many others like her that can be helped. That’s what this trek is all about.”

Only 15 places are available on the Earth Trails Trans Timor Trek, and are filling fast. Find out more here.

Photo credit: Mathew Lynn

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