The Trans-Timor Trek

Trekking for healthy hearts

East Timor Hearts Fund is proud to be the charity partner for the inaugural Trans-Timor Trek.

Our board chair Ingrid Svendsen was our representative on the inaugural trek in July-August 2017. Here, Ingrid tells why she took on the challenge.

Ingrid's story

As the board chair of East Timor Hearts Fund, this is certainty one of my more unusual duties!

I've never pack hiked before, but I'm up for the challenge of trekking 150 mountainous kilometres across Timor-Leste.

It will be a privilege to go on this heart health mission; to get a deeper understanding of the people of Timor-Leste and the health challenges they face. And of course, to raise critical funds to support our life-saving work.

Please go to my fundraising page to make a tax-time donation to help raise $20,000 to give a patient life-saving heart surgery in Australia.

Update - I made it!

In 2003 peacekeeper and paramedic Mick Stuth served in Timor-Leste. He vowed to return and make a practical contribution.

Now, supported by local guides, Mick is leading an historic trek across Timor to spread a healthy heart message and raise funds to support our work.

'The local stories of resistance, brutality, helplessness from characters with faces of resilience and pride have sat with me...my heart felt burdened and I promised myself that I would one day come back to this new nation to assist the local communities in some way that adds true value.'  

Read Mick's story and find out what inspired this historic trek.