Our volunteers

Liam Callaghan

Clinic administration volunteer

How and why did you become involved in East Timor Hearts Fund?

I've been aware of East Timor Hearts Fund’s work for many years now through a close relationship with the organisation’s honorary medical adviser, Dr Noel Bayley, and his family. I first became actively involved in 2015 when my offer to help out was gracefully accepted. I had been hearing of the clinical visits to Timor-Leste and the resulting medical treatments since Noel first visited many years back and I was excited by the opportunity to be part of something benevolent and to learn more of one of our closest neighbours.  

 

What does your role entail?

I work with the clinic management and administration team who support the volunteer medical team during our visits to Timor-Leste. I also help with patient data management, storage and analysis back in Australia. I also played a role in coordinating and managing the logistics of the rheumatic heart disease prevalence Study that East Timor Hearts Fund funded and partnered to deliver in October 2016.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

I'm a railway engineer in real life, but I don't think that quite counts as spare time. Travel, most sports, cryptic crosswords, eating well, music, movies and all that. I've also discovered that I like gardening when the majority of the hard work has been done for me. Pretty much sums me up. 

Su-Lin Kwa

Board support officer

How and why did you become involved in East Timor Hearts Fund?

I had the privilege of spending a year in East Timor. I was a volunteer Organisational Development Adviser with a local NGO which worked with local communities within the district. I loved my time in Maliana and since my return to Australia have been looking for an opportunity to remain connected with East Timor and its people. Volunteering with ETHF enables me to make a small contribution to an organisation that's making a real difference. 

 

What does your role entail?

I'm responsible for administrative functions of the board activities. I also assist as a patient support volunteer, where I do things like hospital visits. It's great to get a chance to use my Tetun (though it's now somewhat rusty!)  

 

What do you do in your spare time?

Catching up with family and friends, travelling, exploring Melbourne and, most recently, preparing to tackle the Overland Track ... so lots of walking. 

Mat Lynn

Photographer

Photo by Ashlee Dawson

How and why did you become involved in East Timor Hearts Fund?

I’ve travelled to Timor-Leste to pursue some photography projects, including at Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili and as one of the photographers for the Tour de Timor cycling event. I noticed that I had a few mutual Facebook friends with East Timor Hearts Fund, and thought I would investigate. I could see it was a worthy cause, and I was keen to contribute my photography work to a worthy cause.

 

What does your role entail?

I've just come on board as East Timor Hearts Fund's volunteer official photographer [in May 2013]. I hope to do work with most of the patients when they come to Australia for surgery – stills photography for social media, traditional news media and for East Timor Hearts Fund's publications and newsletters, and hopefully some video/multimedia content as well. It's been a pretty intense start to my role, following patients Arminda and Maria from the airport, through to the operating theatre and recovery. It's great that those photos were published in The Sunday Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. I hope to continue providing media that raises public awareness about the work of East Timor Hearts Fund and the health problems people in Timor-Leste face.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

I am a freelance photographer. I work for local newspapers and pick up the occasional corporate job here and there. Otherwise, I am a bit of news junkie, and when I can afford the time, I try to solve the world's problems over a beer with my friends.

 

Check out more of Mat’s work at www.matlynn.com.au

See his Fairfax Media photo essay on patients Arminda and Maria 

Daniel Mendelbaun

Photographer

How and why did you become involved in East Timor Hearts Fund?

Board chair and communications adviser Ingrid Svendsen, whom I have known since we both worked for The Age newspaper, asked me in 2014 if I would photograph the East Timor Hearts Fund participants in the Run Melbourne fund raising event.

I was impressed that a charity run almost entirely by volunteers could achieves such lifesaving results and decided to contribute photographically to their goals.

 

What does your role entail?

I photograph events and stories supporting ETHF efforts in raising funds and awareness for this worthwhile cause. 

 

What do you do in your spare time?

What any freelance photographer does when not working on corporate or other assignments.

Jorge de Araujo

Photographer

Jorge de Araujo

How and why did you become involved in East Timor Hearts Fund?

I was born in Timor-Leste and I regularly donate my time and photos to Timorese causes in Melbourne. When the opportunity came to be involved with East Timor Hearts Fund on a regular basis I didn’t hesitate. I’m not saving the world with photography but what I can do is support an organisation  that makes a difference to the lives of many Timorese.

 

What does your role entail?

I joined East Timor Hearts Fund in May 2014 and I look forward to covering events, projects and stories that support its work. I love telling stories with my images and the stories of ETHF patients are definitely the ones worth telling.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

Don’t much of that nowadays. :)

 

See more of Jorge's work at www.jdaphoto.com