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The greatest gift - a special message from our CEO


The greatest gift: a special message from our CEO

Dear friends,

Thank you for the greatest Christmas gift!

We are so humbled and thrilled by the support for our Every Heart, Everywhere campaign for remote heart health in Timor-Leste.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters we raised just over $27,000 in public donations online, in just 20 days! And because a kind supporter has matched all public donations received before midnight on Christmas Eve, that puts the total at an amazing $54,000!

This means that, as well as remote heart health missions and preventative health and education, we’ll be able to expand our life-saving penicillin program. We'll be able to identify more at-risk young people and provide monthly penicillin shots to stop their heart disease from progressing.

Please sign up for our enews for updates on the Every Heart Everywhere campaign, as we’ll be sharing some exciting news in the new year!

We wish all of our supporters a safe and joyous festive season.


Stuart Thomson,

CEO, East Timor Hearts Fund

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We did it! Thank you for helping Every Heart, Everywhere

We did it!

A special message from our CEO

Dear friends,

Eighteen days ago we asked our supporters to help us raise $25,000 by Christmas Eve for better heart health for people in remote districts in Timor-Leste.

The response has been truly incredible.

Today we achieved our target – two days ahead of schedule!

We’ve now raised $25,000 in public donations online, so we’ll be sending our medical volunteers to some of the most rugged and isolated corners of Timor-Leste in 2019. We will deliver on our goal of providing heart screening for more than 300 people from remote areas next year, as well as education and preventative health programs, and follow up care for those who need it.

Donations from generous supporters are still flowing in to our campaign page. Our campaign has inspired so many people!

We don’t want to cut off the goodwill of people who passionately want to make a difference for our neighbours in Timor-Leste. So we’ve decided to leave the appeal open, and let it run until its original end date of midnight on 24 December.

Any extra funds raised will allow us to expand our life-saving penicillin program in remote areas. We will be able to identify more at-risk young people and provide monthly penicillin shots to stop their heart disease from progressing. We’ll also deliver heart health education for patients and health workers.

All of us at East Timor Hearts Fund are truly thrilled by the commitment of so many people to better heart health for our friends and neighbours in Timor-Leste.

Thank you for supporting Every Heart, Everywhere


Stuart Thomson,


East Timor Hearts Fund


PS: Don’t forget that our generous supporter is still matching all donations received before midnight on Christmas Eve, so we can double our impact! Please let your family, colleagues and friends know that they can still donate.

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First in best dressed - thanks Beleza Group!

We’re so grateful to our friend Beleza School Uniforms for its incredibly generous $3500 donation to our Every Heart Everywhere campaign. Thanks to friends like Beleza Group we’re very confident that our volunteer medical team will heading to some of the most isolated and remote parts of Timor-Leste in 2019. Our CEO Stuart Thomson popped in to personally thank chairman Ken Leongue and CEO Monica Leongue.

Thanks Beleza Group!

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Two words to look great - thanks Struck & Spink!

When people ask us "Why do you always look so good East Timor Hearts Fund" we have a two word reply - Struck & Spink. The brand and communication agency and its design gurus have been making us look professional, inviting, fun and engaging since 2010, most recently with our Every Heart, Everywhere campaign.

The most amazing thing is that these wonderful folks have always worked pro bono. So that we can dedicate our resources to mending broken hearts, Struck & Spink has donated services valued at thousands of dollars. Or priceless, depending on how you look at it.

So if you want to look as good as we do, give Struck & Spink a call. And say East Timor Hearts Fund sent you!



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Festive dilemmas solved - a gift from the heart!

Choosing festive gifts can be a challenge, so why not give your friends and family a gift from the heart? After you've donated to the Every Heart, Everywhere campaign, you can download and print a gift certificate that you can customise for your loved one. 

Download your certificate from the Get Involved page of our website.

Thank you to all of our generous donors and we wish you and yours a very happy festive season.


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