Hills 4 Hearts 2
Our second fundraiser raising money to establish neo-natal intensive care units in rural Vietnam, in partnership with VinaCapital Foundation.
My family had called Vietnam home for many years. After losing our son prematurely In 2019 i couldn't imagine what it must be like to lose a child simply because of lack of access to basic life saving equipment.
I decided to run my first ever Marathon to raise money for Survive to Thrive – an initiative of the VinaCapital Foundation founded to fund neonatal intensive care units in poorer regions to address this issue.
The fund raiser was a great success and we raised over 10,000 USD which led to the setup of the first neo natal ICU in Yen Bai Province Vietnam.
I was blown away and humbled by the generosity people showed to reach our target and the assistance of the amazing people at VinaCaptial.
We had a handover ceremony and Yen Bai Hospital where I was fortunate enough to have the honour of laying a plaque on the new equipment in memory of Billy.
The kindness and warmth of the people in Yen Bai and meeting the families and babies the equipment was saving was a truly memorable experience. The equipment has already saved the lives of hundreds of infants in the past year alone.
Unfortunately there are still hundreds of preventable deaths each day. Neonatal mortality in Vietnam accounts for more than 60% of all deaths in children under five. Survive to Thrive focuses on providing the much need equipment and training to curb this
For those who followed last years event I put a lot of research into finding the right organization and cause to partner with and I couldn't be more impressed and confident in the professionalism and care of the team at VinaCaptial.
The Hills for Hearts was planned to be an annual fund-raising event in Vietnam but after COVID hit our plans were shattered. I have decide to do the fund raiser this year from Australia and with a twist - Anyone is free to join, from anywhere in the world and for any distance and be part of this amazing initiative and help us reach our goal. Details below:
When: Saturday February 20th 2021
Where: Anywhere you like! But i'll be running approx 43km from Newcastle to Caves Beach.
How Far: As far as you like.
Target: $10,000 USD
Where does the Money go: The money will go to the same cause “Survive to Thrive” and be used to purchase necessary equipment for the establishment of neonatal intensive care units. (The VinaCapital Foundation will choose the hospital in the province most in need).
What equipment will be purchased: 1 Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), 1 Phototherapy, 1 Pulse Oxymeter (SPO2), injection pumps and training.
Where can I donate: https://gofund.me/6cf115e1
If you are based in Vietnam and are having issues accessing GoFundMe please visit:
About The VinaCapital Foundation
VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) is a USA registered 501-c3 public charitable organization, registered as a foreign non-governmental organization in Vietnam. Founded in 2006, VCF aims to support the economic growth of Vietnam through healthcare and education programs. The work of VCF touches the lives of millions of Vietnamese in 63 provinces every year.
VCF’s grassroots medical programs for children include Heartbeat Vietnam which funds heart surgeries, including pre- and post-operative care, Rural Outreach Clinics to screen children in remote areas. Medical capacity building programs include Critical Response – providing advanced training courses for healthcare professionals, emergency medical equipment, and clean water systems for healthcare centers and schools in remote areas, Survive to Thrive – improving neonatal care in Vietnam. VCF’s education initiative, A Brighter Path, is an empowerment and scholarship program for disadvantaged but academically talented ethnic minority girls that ultimately improves communities and reduces poverty.