November 2015 Update
Well we thought we would update you on our progress! HNH has been registered for 2 years now has been busy growing faster then expected (thanks to all of you).
To date we have;
- Run 2 x successful Direct Aid Programs in Thailand
- Applications for Fiji/PNG/another Thai DAP in place at present
- Distributed a total of $150,000 AUD worth of new and used rescue/health equipment (including over $60,000 AUD to Thailand, over $10,000 AUD to Fiji, over $30,000 AUD to Vanuatu plus more)!
- Purchased a total of 3 x AED's for Kanchanaburi's ambulance in Thailand
- Financed a train the trainer program for Thai First aid and CPR (for 10 x volunteers/staff)
- Purchased CPR training equipment for Thailand
- Our trainers have taught over 2,500 rural Thai residents in CPR and emergency first aid
- Taught over 100 Tourism Fiji resort staff CPR and first aid (thanks to Tourism Fiji)
- Purchased a CPR machine for Vanuatu's air ambulance (value $25,000 AUD)
- Assisted YWAM Hospital ships with a dispatch of equipment for their tenders (to be based in PNG)
- Presented to Rotary in Tasmania (and look forward to more presentations)
- Sponsored a Hobart school group on the quest to improve health in Cambodia
- Had support from Federal Politicians: Senator Eric Abetz, Andrew WIlkie MP and the Greens.
- Plus MORE!
A big thank you to those who are following and supporting us. From huge companies such as Ferno Australia, Laerdal and Tourism Fiji, to our local heroes in Adelaide and around Australia... we could not do what we are doing without all of your input. You are all heroes and for that, we thank you!
HNH is dedicated to improving access to emergency health care in developing countries and assisting ambulance/rescue education and the development of ambulance services. We have huge plans for the next 12 months and beyond.
With many Aussies headed overseas for the festive season, it is a reminder to top up your travel insurance and consider donating to HNH. Remember your health insurance only delivers the local standard (initially) in the event of a medical/traumatic event, and HNH is attempting to improve that standard! All donations go directly to the frontline.
Stay safe and stay tuned for more exciting posts from our HNH projects around the world!
Heroes Need Heroes Inc. 2014/15 Thai Project
Heroes Need Heroes Inc. 2014/15 Thai Project included handing over over $20,000 AUD worth of ambulance/rescue equipment. HNH also made a donation to Bamboo House, which is an Orphanage in Thailand, very close to the border of Myanmar. This orphanage houses around 50 -70 orphans from Thailand and Myanmar. What a great place... run by a lovely team, including some assistance from Pitakkarn (Kanchanaburi). These children were delighted with their 'chocolate' pressies, and even more happy with the blow up balls that we delivered. HNH considers those who work and live in these orphanages, "Heroes". It was a very touching experience and we look forward to visiting and assisting the hospital and ambulance resources (and more toys) in the future. Thanks for having us Bamboo school! Consider helping a hero. and donate now!
The Australian Government supported this project through the Australian Embassy Direct Aid Program. See gallery.
FIJI PROJECT 2014/15
In December 2014, Heroes Need Heroes representatives handed over $10,000 AUD of rescue and ambulance equipment to allow the volunteer medics in Fiji. Sigatoka Hospital in Fiji also received donated equipment from a group of nurses in Queensland (via HNH). Not long after the equipment was handed over it was already in use within 24 hours of delivery at several vehicle accidents. Whilst in Fiji our representatives also conducted first aid and CPR training for 120 staff of the tourist industry. Special thanks to Tourism Fiji, the Australian High Commission, and Ferno Australia. Browse our Fiji Gallery for photos of the handover and some beautiful Fijian people. We will be working closely with Tourism Fiji to further deliver both training and equipment throughout 2015.
THAILAND DIRECT AID PROGRAM 2014/15
HNH would like to advise our followers, supporters and those we are all helping (frontline heroes, AKA Ambos/rescue workers), that we have been successful in our Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant application through the Australian Embassy in Thailand. Our 2014/15 DAP will kick off next month, with purchasing of new rescue equipment, redistribution of some recycling rescue equipment and some additional training to further advance our community CPR and First Aid Program in rural Thailand. So far over 1,000 people have been taught life saving skills from our front line heroes in Thailand, including park rangers who assist tourists caught up in the wilderness.
A huge thank you to the Australian Embassy in Thailand for acknowledging our program and success from last year's Thai DAP. Stand by for some exciting updates and photographs of this years' Thai DAP and let's hope for similar success stories in our DAP Applications in Fiji, PNG and the Philippines.
Thanks again for supporting HNH.
WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED IN OUR FIRST YEAR (2014)
- Created our Facebook page and our website (www.heroesneedheroes.com.au)
- Organised a train the trainer program for Thailand's very own heroes (CPR Educators)
- Taught over 1,000 regional residents of Thailand, emergency fist aid and CPR
- Distributed over $50,000 AUD worth of rescue equipment to Thailand's frontline heroes
- Replaced ageing rescue equipment in Thailand thanks to PT Hydraulics Australia.
- Commenced an improvement program in Fiji and formed a working partnership with our supporters, Tourism Fiji.
- Taught over 100 resort staff emergency first aid and CPR
- Donated over $10,000 AUD worth of rescue equipment to Fiji's frontline heroes thanks to supporters such as Ferno Australia and the Australia in Fiji (Australian Embassy).
- Currently have applications for Direct Aid Program Grants in Fiji, Thailand, PNG and the Philippines.
- Not to mention donations from private supports in Qld, Vic, NSW, SA, NZ, Tasmania.
- A special mention to a group of nurses who donated $10,000 AUD to kick off our project in Fiji.
- A pallet of equipment recently donated from Medaire (an International SOS company) in NZ.
- Met with Federal MP's including Mr Andrew Wilkie who is now a supporter of HNH
- Formed countless friends from around the world, including Backpacker medics and Promedical Vanuatu
- Plus more!!!!
HNH is working on commencing a major project in Fiji, in consultation with emergency services and Tourism Providers. We are hoping to turn the 'Helicopter Wish-list, into a Checklist', of first class rescue equipment. We will then work towards increasing existing ambulance and rescue equipment on the road, and providing advanced training for the Heroes of Fiji.
THAILAND RESCUE EQUIPMENT
Thanks to our first major donation of Rescue equipment from PT Hydraulics Australia (http://www.pthydraulics.com.au), we were able to send approx. $30,000 AUD worth of decommissioned technical rescue equipment to the Pitakkarn Foundation. This equipment which includes heavy vehicle rescue equipment, will go on to assist the crews in extricating patients from traumatic vehicle accidents, improving outcomes
“A long term goal of our heroes, is to assist those overseas and around Australia who are involved in Natural Disasters. We plan to liase with AUSAID and potentially deploy qualified volunteer heroes (Australia’s Paramedics and Fire/rescue Officers), under supervision and direction of AUSAID. This would see real heroes, helping heroes whose home country has been involved in a devastating natural (or other) disaster, in which they need assistance. Sending qualified volunteers to the front line.”