Sir Peter Cosgrove, Ambassador
I am very proud to be an ambassador for 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 (InterFET) peacekeeping mission, 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.
I am fortunate to have had a rich and varied life of public service. Yet for all that have seen and done, my service in Timor-Leste remains one of my proudest achievements.
I feel there could be no greater privilege than being part of the birth of a new democratic nation and supporting the courageous people of Timor-Leste in their ambition to form a stable, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous homeland.
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 organisation is delivering critical care for patients who need it today. At the same time, it is working collaboratively with local people and institutions to tackle the root causes of poor heart health and support a strong health system for the people of Timor-Leste for tomorrow.
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.
– General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC (Ret’d), former Governor-General of Australia, former commander of InterFET (1999-2000)