A message from our Patron Xanana Gusmão
East Timor Hearts Fund is playing a crucial role in supporting health care in Timor-Leste by identifying and treating young people with life-threatening heart disease.
These young people often have no other options to access this life-saving treatment.
East Timor Hearts Fund's founder and honorary medical adviser, Dr Noel Bayley, has been working in partnership with the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili and undertaking free work in Timor-Leste since 2000. Since he informally established East Timor Hearts Fund in 2010 it has assisted many young heart patients. All are now doing well and are able to contribute to their communities, families and country.
Health is a major priority for the Government of Timor-Leste and I know that the time will come when my young nation is able to provide specialist cardiac care on its own soil. Until then, however, East Timor Hearts Fund is helping to bridge the gap by offering treatment and supporting the development of greater expertise in Timor-Leste. It is a great example of compassion, friendship and effective action by Australian people to assist their neighbour.
I commend the East Timor Hearts Fund to you. I am proud to be a patron of this organisation and I hope you will also support and encourage its important work.
His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão
Former President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
30 October 2015
A message from our Patron Sir Peter Cosgrove
I am very proud to support the work of East Timor Hearts Fund.
Timor-Leste is a cause that is close to my heart. In 1999-2000 I commanded the International Task Force East Timor, which played a central role in this emerging nation’s transition to independence. I have taken a keen interest in our neighbour’s development since.
As someone who has seen a key moment in the struggle for independence in Timor-Leste first-hand, I am particularly impressed with the ethos of East Timor Hearts Fund. The Fund is delivering critical care for patients who need it today, while also working collaboratively with local people and institutions to support the development of a strong health system for the people of Timor-Leste for tomorrow.
East Timor Hearts Fund’s work is immeasurably important.
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
1 September 2016