My family had called Vietnam home for many years and after losing our son prematurely In 2019 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 the poorer regions of Vietnam.
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 babies in Yen Bai 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. As such, 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! I will be running from Newcastle to Caves Beach. (Approx 43km)
How Far: Any distance you like, just help get the good word out there - the more the merrier.
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.