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Media release - Western Bulldogs champion Lin Jong joins our team

Western Bulldogs champion Lin Jong joins our team

26 April 2017

 

Australia’s only Timorese-Australian AFL player, the Western Bulldogs’ Lin Jong, has joined East Timor Hearts Fund as its first ambassador, chief executive officer Stuart Thomson today announced.

 

“We could not be more thrilled to have a champion like Lin come on board with our team,” Mr Thomson said.

 

“With his Timorese family background, Lin’s compassion for our patients and enthusiasm for our cause is genuine and very heartening for all of us at East Timor Hearts Fund.

 

“His determination, courage, resilience and can-do attitude as a player really embody what we are about. It’s very exciting to have Lin’s support in our mission to mend more broken hearts.”

 

Lin has been a dedicated supporter of East Timor Hearts Fund, meeting patients and attending events, including the Run Melbourne fun run.

 

He said his decision to become an ambassador was influenced by his family history – his father Vitor was born in Timor-Leste, and fled the country to escape civil war aged only 18.

 

Lin said he understood how much things had improved in Timor-Leste since his father left, but also knew that many people, including young people with heart disease, were not able to get the specialist medical help they needed.

“I’ve met patients who have come to Australia for surgery, and seen how life-changing it’s been,” Lin said.

 

“I’ll never forget having a kick with 13-year-old Paulo only weeks after his surgery and meeting 15-year-old Melinda, who had previously been too sick to go to school, when she came back to Melbourne to do a fun run.

 

“I’m happy and proud to use my profile as an athlete to help get the word out about the amazing work of East Timor Hearts Fund.”

 

Mr Thomson said the organisation also looked forward to supporting Lin in achieving his goal of learning more about Timorese culture, and hoped to host him on a visit to Timor-Leste this year.

 

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View Lin Jong's video message

 

 

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Introducing our new ambassador, Western Bulldogs champion Lin Jong

I'm excited to share the news that Australia’s only Timorese-Australian AFL player, the Western Bulldogs’ Lin Jong, has joined East Timor Hearts Fund as our first ambassador.

We could not be more thrilled to have a champion like Lin come on board with our team. With his Timorese family background, Lin’s compassion for our patients and enthusiasm for our cause is genuine and very heartening for all of us at East Timor Hearts Fund.

His determination, courage, resilience and can-do attitude as a player really embody what we are about. It’s very exciting to have Lin’s support in our mission to mend more broken hearts.

You can view Lin’s video message below and read his statement of support.

Please keep an eye out for further news about our new champion.

Stuart Thomson, CEO

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Repaying a 'debt of honour'

Today, on ANZAC Day, we’re thinking about the “debt of honour” Australians owe to our friends and neighbours in Timor-Leste.

Although many Australians do know it, the bond between Australia and Timor-Leste goes back to WWII, when brave “criados” (lay soldiers) and villagers supported Australian troops who were fighting guerrilla warfare to impede the advance of the Japanese army.

In 1942, when the mission was deemed too dangerous, Australia withdrew. Japanese troops massacred more than 40,000 civilians (up to 70,000, or one in ten of the population, by some estimates). It is said that no other nation suffered such horrific civilian losses supporting Australians in war.

Our government dropped leaflets telling the Timorese people “Os vossos amigos noa vos esquecem” (“Your friends do not forget you”).  Today Australian veterans and service men and women, including the peacekeepers who supported the transition to independence in 1999-2000, still speak of the “debt of honour” owed to the people of Timor-Leste.

Through our work providing life-saving surgery, and prevention, education and research programs, East Timor Hearts Fund is proud to play a role in repaying that debt.

Lest We Forget.

 

Photo via Dare Memorial

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'Your friends do not forget you' - repaying a debt of honour

On ANZAC Day eve, we’re thinking about the “debt of honour” Australians owe to our friends and neighbours in Timor-Leste.

Although many Australians do know it, the bond between Australia and Timor-Leste goes back to WWII, when brave “criados” (lay soldiers) and villagers supported Australian troops who were fighting guerrilla warfare to impede the advance of the Japanese army.

In 1942, when the mission was deemed too dangerous, Australia withdrew. Japanese troops massacred more than 40,000 civilians (up to 70,000, or one in ten of the population, by some estimates). It is said that no other nation suffered such horrific civilian losses supporting Australians in war. 

Our government dropped leaflets telling the Timorese people “Os vossos amigos noa vos esquecem” (“Your friends do not forget you”). Today Australian veterans and service men and women still speak of the “debt of honour” owed to the people of Timor-Leste. This is one of the reasons Australia led the international peacekeeping force that supported the transition to independence in 1999-2000, under the command of our East Timor Hearts Fund patron General Peter Cosgrove. 

Through our work providing life-saving surgery, and prevention, education and research programs, East Timor Hearts Fund is proud to play a role in repaying that debt.

Lest We Forget.

Photo via Dare Memorial.

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Join our team! Early bird special ends soon

We're running to mend broken hearts - join us!

Run Melbourne earlybird prices close on 20 April.

Sign up for the event here then check out our website for all the details and links you need to set up a fundraising profile and join our team.

 

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