Toll renews partnership with East Timor Hearts Fund to help save lives

Toll and East Timor Hearts Fund are delighted to announce an extension of their life-saving partnership.

Under the partnership, Toll will provide air travel from East Timor to Australia for around ten people requiring life-saving surgery, in addition to  their parents, health support workers and interpreters, over the next year.

Toll Remote Logistics’ General Manager Mark Delany said he was proud of Toll’s continued support of East Timor Hearts Fund.

“Toll is proud to give back to the local communities in which we live and work. Toll’s partnership with East Timor Hearts Fund has helped the organisation to save more than 30 lives since it began in 2010,” Mr Delany said.

“I’m proud to continue our support for an organisation that is making a real difference to the health and lives of our neighbours in Timor-Leste.”

East Timor Hearts Fund CEO Ken Dusting said the partnership was critical to the organsiation’s work in providing life -saving heart surgery in Australia for young people from Timor-Leste.

“In 2010 when our charity was established Toll was the first corporation to back East Timor Hearts Fund. Without Toll’s early support, our organisation might not exist today,” Mr Dusting said.

“When we first started out, Toll had a significant presence in Timor-Leste, supporting the Australian Defence Force. In the early days, Toll would fly our patients to Australia using spare seats on their chartered planes.”

As the Australian troops de-mobilised from Timor and the company’s presence there wound down, Toll instead continued its support using commercial flights.

“We are profoundly grateful to Toll. With its support we have saved more than 30 young lives over the last six years, with many more to come,” Mr Dusting said.

About Toll

Toll Remote Logistics delivers integrated logistics solutions in some of the most isolated and challenging locations in the world. Toll Group is the Asia Pacific region’s leading provider of transport and logistics, employing approximately 40,000 people across some 1,200 locations in more than 50 countries. Toll’s specialist logistics capabilities incorporate a range of sectors including defence & government, oil & gas, steel & materials, mining, retail and automotive www.tollgroup.com.

About East Timor Hearts Fund

East Timor Hearts Fund is Australia's only medical aid charity dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery in Australia for young people from Timor-Leste (East Timor).  It conducts screening clinics in Timor-Leste, and also supports research, prevention and education programs. East Timor Hearts Fund is a volunteer-powered organisation.

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