A message from our CEO
Just five days ago we launched a fundraising campaign to support Operation GoodHearts, our first ever paediatric surgical mission to Timor-Leste. I'm thrilled to let you know that we have already reached our $10,000 target!
Thank you so much for supporting and sharing our campaign.
The funds raised will pay for medical equipment that our volunteer surgical team needs, including oxygen saturation monitors, ECG monitors and a paediatric ventilator. After the mission, most of the equipment will be donated to Guido Valadares National Hospital in Dili.
Our volunteers and staff will now spend the festive season preparing for the surgical mission, which will take place early next year. Our volunteers are so excited about the opportunity to work alongside their Timorese colleagues, to mend 15 broken hearts in five days.
I know that our supporters are excited too. The response to our campaign has been truly overwhelming; even though we have reached our goal, donations are still flowing in.
We don’t want to cut off the goodwill of people who are so keen to make a difference for our neighbours in Timor-Leste. So we’ve decided to leave the appeal open, and let it run until Christmas eve. We are actively planning more surgical missions to Timor-Leste, and so any additional funds raised will go toward this.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Operation GoodHearts, including our generous sponsor Northern Oil and Gas Australia. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for updates. And please feel free to continue to share the Operation GoodHearts appeal page with family and friends, to help send our volunteer heart surgery team back to Timor-Leste in the future.
With best wishes to you and your family this festive season,
Stuart Thomson, CEO