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East Timor Hearts Fund

Giving Young Heart Patients a Second Chance at Life

In East Timor, Australia's "next door neighbour", there are hundreds of young people with the hearts of 80 year olds. Their heart disease is treatable but their future prospects are grim because specialist cardiac care is unavailable to them in East Timor.

East Timor Hearts Fund is bridging the gap. Our volunteer medical team undertakes screening clinics in East Timor to identify young people with life-threatening heart disease who can be helped in Australia.

We arrange surgery and fly the patient to Australia for treatment, along with a health support worker and often a family member. Support for patients while they are in Australia includes local transport by volunteers, arranging pre- and post-operative health care, accommodation, volunteer visitors, and care packages including warm clothing and telephone cards. We also provide follow-up medical monitoring after the patients' return to East Timor.

These young people have the potential to be East Timor's best and brightest. With the continued goodwill of Australian supporters they have a second chance at life.

Our patients include kindergarten teacher Eufrasia, sports teacher Bete, and emergency nurse Maria. All previously too ill to work; now enjoying healthy and productive lives.

University student Ana had been too sick to study before her operation in March 2015. She returned to university, and graduated with a degree in tourism. "When I was receiving my award I just felt like I was one of the luckiest people in the world! I now have excellent health and I have achieved my dreams. I can contribute my knowledge to my beloved country Timor-Leste," she said.

How will the funds be used?

All gifts help pay for patient needs including surgical procedures, transport and accommodation, as well as other vital projects. For information about our plan to build health capacity and tackle the root causes of poor heart health in Timor-Leste go to

Key areas of expenditure for funds donated:

Your gift can help us to assist young East Timorese people with life-threatening heart disease.
  • A $50 gift will pay for a pre-paid phone or phone card that will help a patient receive comfort from home and share the good news
  • A $100 gift will pay for a warm sweater and socks for a patient who would otherwise shiver in cool Melbourne weather
  • A $1000 gift will pay for accommodation for a patient and their accompanying relative or health support worker during their stay in Melbourne
  • A $20,000 gift is the ultimate! Take the challenge, rally your workplace, club or family and friends and set the annual challenge to raise enough to financially support a patient's surgical procedure. Please contact us for fundraising ideas - we have plenty!
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Contact Details

PO Box 5146

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.