Timor-Leste holds a special place in the heart of our ambassador Lin Jong. Lin's dad Vitor was born in Timor-Leste, but left for a new life when he was just a teenager. Vitor and his wife Fay made a life and raised their children in Australia.
Today Vitor arrived back in Timor-Leste, joining Lin and his partner Krista on their first ever visit to the country.
As well as learning more about our work, Lin will be meeting a lot of extended family for the first time.
It's going to be quite an emotional journey!
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We're excited to have ambassador, Western Bulldogs champion LinJong his partner Krista join us Timor-Leste this week. Lin's dad Vitor was born in Timor-Leste but this is Lin's first visit. Lin will be visit our projects in Dili and in the remote districts to learn more about our work and meet some of our patients, including old friend Paulo.
As well, Lin will be seeing where his father grew up, and catching up with some extended family that he has never met before.
It's going to be quite a journey!
He's arrived! A big "welcome to Timor-Leste" to our ambassador, Western Bulldogs champion Lin Jong (and his partner Krista). Lin's set for a busy week, meeting our patients, seeing our preventative penicillin program and meeting some long-lost relatives as well. More updates soon!
There's only a week to go until our third annual Swing into Action to Mend a Broken Heart golf day, and we're excited! Huge thanks to our friends Airnorth for donating the major auction prize - a flights and accommodation package in stunning Toowoomba. Check out this video for a taste of what the lucky bidder and friend are set for!
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.