Thanks to you, it's bon voyage to the team

A message from our CEO

Late last year we asked for help to mount our first ever paediatric surgical mission to Timor-Leste. The response was truly astounding – we reached our $10,000 goal in just five days, and raised almost $14,000.

So now I am sharing the exciting news that our Operation GoodHearts surgical mission is about to happen!

Later this week our volunteer team of surgeons, anaesthetists and specialist nurses leave for Timor-Leste. 

The Operation GoodHearts team will work alongside their Timorese colleagues at Guido Valadares National Hospital for five days, between 26 February and 2 March. They’ll operate on up to 15 children, performing keyhole surgery to repair congenital heart defects, giving these children the chance to live normal, healthy lives.

This is a first for our organisation and a truly great milestone.

Until now we have been bringing patients to Australia for surgery one by one, which is expensive and time consuming.  This surgical mission lets us operate on more children in five days than we would usually treat in a year.

I’m truly overwhelmed at the response to Operation GoodHearts. From the top medicos who have volunteered, to the many generous Australians who have sent money and good wishes, people have opened their hearts.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and other social media channels to see Operation GoodHearts mending hearts and transforming lives.

Thank you for your support – we could not do this without you.

Stuart Thomson, CEO

PS: A big thanks to our project partner Northern Oil & Gas Australia for its support of Operation GoodHearts, including this fantastic billboard which will welcome our team when they arrive at Dili airport.

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