***A message from our CEO Stuart Thomson***
I write this as I fly from Dili to Darwin, enroute home following five amazing days spent with our volunteer medical team in Timor-Leste.
This was not my first time to visit Timor-Leste, but it was my first as CEO for East Timor Hearts Fund.
It is hard to describe in words what I have seen over the past five days. I have to admit that at times emotion nearly overran me. I felt pride to be CEO for such an amazing organisation and humbled by the dedication of the volunteer medical team as they saw patient after patient without flinching.
Among the nearly 200 patients screened were many who came back to see our honorary medical adviser Dr Noel Bayley and the team following earlier treatment in Australia. Also among them were those that will get to know us better as we set out to mend their broken hearts.
I would like to personally thank Dr Noel, Tom, Nicole, Sarah, Nicki, Liam and Gordon for volunteering their time so generously, for their incredible calm in the face of adversity and for welcoming me and patiently explaining their work. Thanks are also due to our dedicated friends from Bairo Pite Clinic, Fatima and Alarico.
This was not my first trip to Timor-Leste and it will not be my last as CEO. To all our volunteers, and to you our supporters, I thank you with all my heart.
– Stuart Thomson, CEO, East Timor Hearts Fund