2018 news

It's official! An honour for our Dr Noel Bayley

Our honorary medical adviser and co-founder Dr Noel Bayley was conducting screening clinics in Timor-Leste when the Queen's Birthday honors were announced back in June. But today he was on hand at Government House to officially receive his Member of the Order of Australia (AM) Award from the Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AC.

Our CEO Stuart Thomson paid tribute to Dr Bayley's work.

“We are indebted to you for the work you have done and continue to do,” Stuart said. “It is an honour to work alongside you and I’m sure I speak for all the volunteers, staff and supporters in congratulating you on your much-deserved Order of Australia award.”

Find out more here.


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New heart for Olandina

Constant breathlessness and fatigue caused by untreated heart disease make daily life tough for mum of three Olandina. She struggles to find the energy care for baby Mimoza and to walk Octaviana and Aldo up the hill to their school.

Olandina arrives in Australia on the weekend for a heart procedure that promises to transform her life.

“When I become healthy I would like to continue my work as a mother at home and take care of my children and my husband,” Olandina told us.

Thank you to all of the generous supporters whose donations allow us to assist patients like Olandina. To help us mend another broken heart, you can make a tax-deductible donation.

We’ll be bringing you more updates about Olandina, so please keep an eye out for more news.



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Meet Nelsia - she's living proof

Our special guest at Run Melbourne is four-year-old Nelsia, now brimming with good health following her heart surgery only six months ago.

Nelsia’s life has been transformed since her surgery in March as part of our Operation GoodHearts paediatric surgical mission. No longer tired and breathless, Nelsia can play with her friends and siblings. She can look forward to a longer, healthier life.

Nelsia and her dad are participating in Run Melbourne to raise funds and awareness. Nelson said: “We encourage people to support East Timor Hearts Fund because they help many people with heart disease in our country Timor-Leste.”

This is a fantastic opportunity to see living proof of the impact of our work and your generosity.

Please donate to Nelsia’s Run Melbourne appeal online. You can find out more about her journey to health here.

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Welcome Olga and Marcelina!

Our latest patients Marcelina and Olga have arrived! Marcelina, 29, and Olga, 19, will have their heart operations at Royal Melbourne Hospital this week. They were happy to be in Melbourne after a warm welcome from our volunteer patient support team. "No amount of words will ever help us to express how thankful we are," Olga said.

Marcelina added: "We don’t have anything to give back. All we can do is pray that God can give each and everyone of you good health so that you can continue to help others in need." 

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Marquita's message: "I want to be happy and healthy"

Last year teenage student Marquita had a life-saving heart procedure in Australia. We caught up with her recently in Timor-Leste. No longer weak and breathless, and with health and energy to get on with her life, Marquita told us: "I feel so happy now!"

You can help us mend another broken heart like Marquita's. Please make a tax-time donation today.

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