We believe that good health should be a universal right.
And we’re working hard to make that happen. Untreated heart disease is one of the biggest health challenges in Timor-Leste. As well as immediate help for the most critical cases, we are tackling the root causes of poor health in Timor-Leste with research and advocacy and education and prevention projects.
East Timor Hearts Fund is playing a crucial role in supporting health care in Timor-Leste. It is a great example of compassion, friendship and effective action by the Australian people to assist their neighbour.
Too many young Timorese, especially young women and girls, suffer from heart disease. I want to use my profile as a sportswoman to tell people about avoiding rheumatic heart disease, and how organisations like East Timor Hearts Fund can help.
Personally – and I hope for all Australians – the continued progress of the fledgling nation of Timor-Leste is a proud legacy. I encourage anyone who shares my admiration for our neighbours in Timor-Leste to tangibly demonstrate this however they can, including by supporting the vital work of East Timor Hearts Fund.
It’s easy to take health and medical services for granted when you’ve been born in one of the luckiest countries on the planet. But not everyone is so lucky. I’ve seen how life-changing heart surgery can be for our patients. I’m proud to be an ambassador for East Timor Hearts Fund.