Letter to the Editor: Australians invited to donate, saving the lives of children in need

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Dear Editor,
Imagine Ethiopia: a country with a population of 40 million children under the age of 18.

Now imagine being given the opportunity to support and enable the training and development of the world’s first paediatric heart surgeon in Ethiopia.

A surgeon who treats, among many complications, congenital heart defects - which can be responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect.

This is the groundbreaking investment Save A Child’s Heart has been able to make in Ethiopia - and for children around the world - thanks to money raised from donors globally, including right here in Australia.

Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) is a global charity - recently named one of two institutional winners of this year’s 2018 United Nations Population Award.

Our charity has trained Ethiopia’s first paediatric heart surgeon - who is currently completing a fellowship program in Australia, developing his specialised skills before returning to work as the country’s first full trained paediatric cardiac surgeon in 2019.

SACH has a strong presence in Australia, giving locals the opportunity to fund our vital, lifesaving work - helping to save as many children as possible with heart disease regardless of nationality, religion, race, gender or financial situation.

Thanks to the donations of many around the world, we are also enabled to create centres of medical expertise in developing countries, enabling local physicians to treat patients from their own communities independently.

To date, Save a Child's Heart have saved the lives of more than 4,740 children from 56 countries in Africa, South America, Europe, Asia, and throughout the Middle East, and trained more than 150 medical team members from these countries.

In Australia, we are truly blessed with the access we have to health and medical services - this is often not the case in other developing countries.

We have a great opportunity to help children and families in serious need around the world. We can use our resources to better the lives of others - and in some cases, literally save lives.

I invite all Australians to consider partnering with us, to enable this significant work. Those who donate can financially support SACH projects, including the International Paediatric Cardiac Center in Israel, SACH Medical Missions and Training Doctors.

It’s easy to donate directly to Save A Child’s Heart Australia - online via saveachildsheart.com, following links to the Donation page specifically for Australia.

I thank all Australians who have invested to support our lifesaving work - we couldn’t do what we do, for children and families in need around the world - without you.

Sharonne Antonir
CEO
Save A Child’s Heart Australia

ENDS

ABOUT SACH in Australia

Save A Child’s Heart Australia is committed to raising awareness about the global work of SACH, to save as many children as possible with heart disease from developing countries - regardless of nationality, religion, race, gender or financial situation.

Individuals and organisations in Australia can partner with SACH to raise funds and support the work of the charity globally. Australians can financially support SACH projects, including the International Paediatric Cardiac Center in Israel, SACH Medical Missions and Training Doctors.

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