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Hills4Hearts

Campaign to run for the lives of newborns nationwide

Through the fundraising T-shirt sale activity, the Hills4Hearts campaign hopes to receive the support of the community to have enough funding to implement the project to provide essential neonatal care equipment in Tuan Giao District, Dien Bien Province.

The total amount of donations and revenue generated from the H4H T-shirt sales activities:

18,600,199

334,794,000
20 days remaining
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About Hills4Hearts

Hills4Hearts is an annual charity running event initiated by Phil Jordan in 2019. Participants of the campaign can not only support through running but also donate within their financial ability.

All proceeds will be used to implement the "Survive to Thrive" projects, providing resuscitation equipment to reduce the infant mortality rate in poor mountainous districts in Vietnam.

In addition to direct donations, Hills4Hearts also organizes fundraising by selling practical products to spread the meaningful message and connect donors to support newborn babies to have a safer and healthier start in life.

Our Journey

In 2019, Mr. Phil Jordan and his wife, Mrs. Laurey, unfortunately, lost their son Billy when he was just a 6-month-old fetus in the womb. This loss left an indelible emptiness in their hearts.

Subsequently, Phil had the opportunity to meet Mr. Rad Kivette, the CEO of VinaCapital Foundation, and learn about the "Survive to Thrive" program. This program aims to reduce the infant mortality rate by increasing medical capabilities for district-level healthcare workers in remote mountainous areas. It was here that Phil and Laurey chose Vietnam as the place to put their heart and soul into the meaningful Hills4Hearts campaign.

2019

The first steps were taken in Sapa, Vietnam to kick off the annual Hills4Hearts campaign.

2022

Hills4Hearts campaign returned and took place online after the COVID-19 pandemic.

2023

The 3rd edition of the Hills4Hearts campaign is organized through offline running events in Australia, Vietnam and several other countries.

Our Accomplishments

Outstanding figures that marked the meaningful journey of
Hills4Hearts in 4 years

icon money 30,725 USD
was donated from 3 campaigns
icon money 1,030 children
were directly benefited from the campaign
icon money 12 devices
were provided
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that received sponsorship

Highlighted Activities

3 destinations with 12 pieces of medical equipment supporting optimal treatment for preterm infants

  • 2019
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    Organized the first Hills4Hearts campaign

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  • 2022
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    1. Organized the second Hills4Hearts campaign

    2. Organized a logo design competition for the campaign

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  • 2023
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    Held a running event for Hills4Hearts campaign on February 25, 2023

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Highlight stories

  • Saving the Cadong Mountain Flower

    Saving the Cadong Mountain Flower

    On a late April day in 2021, baby Nguyen Thi Vy, born at the Nam Tra My District Health Center in Quang Nam province,  was diagnosed with premature birth and irregular breathing. Vy was immediately transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) equipped with a neonatal resuscitation system sponsored by the Hills4Hearts campaign for the first time. The doctors promptly performed life-saving skills and techniques to assist Vy's breathing. Fortunately, Vy's breathing gradually returned to normal, and the oxygen saturation level remained stable.

    Vy is the first baby in the family of Cadong ethnic minority people. The family faced considerable problems in terms of their tough circumstances and the transportation hurdles they had to overcome to bring Vy and her mother to the health center for emergency care. According to the doctors, Vy is one of the fortunate babies who received timely treatment through the sponsored Neonatal Intensive Care System. After three days of treatment and close monitoring, Vy was discharged in stable and healthy condition. We hope that baby Nguyen Thi Vy will grow up strong and shine bright like a flower of the mountains.

  • Reviving the breath of a M'Nong ethnic minority baby

    Reviving the breath of a M'Nong ethnic minority baby

    Just as she let out her first cry, baby Dinh Thi Quyen, a M'Nong ethnic minority infant, was immediately sent to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Nam Tra My District Health Center in Quang Nam province, in severe medical conditions. Despite of her rose skin, her nails and legs appeared soft and thin, and she was delivered early weighing only 1.4kg.

    Using the Silverman score, which assesses the degree of newborn respiratory distress without respiratory support based on five clinical criteria, the doctors determined that Quyen's score was 7, indicating severe neonatal respiratory failure. Quyen got immediate emergency care at the Nam Tra My District Health Center's NICU via the neonatal resuscitation system supported by the Hills4Hearts campaign. She was kept warm and continuously monitored for her vital signs. Fortunately, thanks to prompt medical intervention, Quyen's breathing gradually stabilized, and she was able to be discharged shortly after.

  • Saving an ethnic minority newborn with jaundice

    Saving an ethnic minority newborn with jaundice

    Born full-term and healthy at the Nam Tra My District Health Center in Quang Nam province, just three days after birth, baby Pham Thi The showed signs of jaundice which gradually appeared from the abdomen to the lower extremities. The baby was then admitted to the neonatal department for diagnosis and treatment. According to the doctors, jaundice appeared from dermal zone I to zone IV of the body and there were no abnormalities in other organs. The doctors diagnosed Baby The with neonatal jaundice caused by abnormally high levels of bilirubin. Baby The was promptly placed in an incubator to keep warm during the phototherapy treatment; her eyes were also covered to shut out the bright light.

    Although neonatal jaundice is common, about 3 in 5 babies (accounting for 60%) have jaundice; if a baby has severe jaundice and does not get quick treatment, it can lead to brain damage. Thanks to timely intervention and essential support from the neonatal care equipment sponsored by the Hills4Hearts campaign to the Nam Tra My District Health Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Baby The recovered within just four days and was discharged in stable health condition.

Support the campaign with a T-shirt

With each Hills4Hearts T-shirt, you have made a valuable contribution to the provision of care and treatment for numerous premature infants, particularly those facing perilous postnatal complications, at the Tuan Giao District Medical Center in Đien Bien Province, helping to mitigate the risk of avoidable mortality.

Join the campaign to help bring a chance of life and a healthy childhood to children inTuan Giao District Đien Bien Province.

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About the program

Survive To Thrive

The Survive to Thrive program was first established in 2010 with the inauguration of the Neonatal Intensive Care Room at the Pediatric and Newborn Department of the Danang Hospital for Women and Children.

This is one of the 7 national programs of the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF). Survive to Thrive, with the mission of accompanying the Vietnamese healthcare system in the strategy to reduce the infant mortality rate, especially premature infants in mountainous, rural, and remote areas of Vietnam.

The program sponsors essential medical equipment for the Neonatal Unit at district-level medical centers and organizes training courses in neonatal emergency resuscitation skills for medical staff, aiming to enhance medical capabilities for the district-level healthcare workforce—the first unit to receive and provide treatment for patients.

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News

  • Giving life back to newborn twins with severe respiratory failure after birth

    Giving life back to newborn twins with severe respiratory failure after birth

    Thanh Hung was born prematurely at 35 weeks as the second twin through a C-section on April 27th, 2021, in Yen Bai province. Having a twin means that the mother is prone to giving birth prematurely, which puts the babies and the mother’s health in danger. As a result, the baby suffered from acute respiratory failure and neonatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). If Hung was not promptly treated, the condition can lead to many dangerous, even life-threatening complications. Right after birth, Hung was supported with an Oxygen balloon and Vitamin K1 injection. Then, the doctors immediately put him in phototherapy...

    22/12/2023
  • Australian Man run to save premature babies in Vietnam

    Australian Man run to save premature babies in Vietnam

    On February 28, 2020, Phil Jordan’s family and the VinaCapital Foundation announced the donation of 10,605 USD in neonatal care equipment for Van Yen Commune Health Center. The neonatal equipment donation includes a CPAP machine, phototherapy, SPO2, and intubation devices which will increase the center’s medical capacity, allowing the lives of more babies to be saved. The handover ceremony of the medical equipment took place solemnly on the morning of February 28, 2020, with the participation of Mr. Le Minh Duc, Vice Chairman of the Van Yen Commune People’s Committee, leaders of Van Yen Commune People’s Committee, leaders of Van...

    22/12/2023
  • VinaCapital Foundation presents 400 gifts to Cha Val Elementary Semi-Boarding School for Ethnic Minorities Students in Quang Nam Province

    VinaCapital Foundation presents 400 gifts to Cha Val Elementary Semi-Boarding School for Ethnic Minorities Students in Quang Nam Province

    In October 2022, VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) and the Survive to Thrive program held a logo-drawing competition with the topic “Hills4Hearts” to develop a worthwhile extracurricular activity for children in rural areas. 15 works were sent to VCF by “little painters” from Cha Val Elementary Semi-boarding School for Ethnic Minorities in Nam Giang district, Quang Nam province. Each piece, with its sweet and innocent illustrations, possesses immense power, moving the hearts of spectators and conveying messages and wishes for a daily healthy and happy childhood. On November 28, a visit by the Survive to Thrive program at Cha Val Elementary Semi-boarding...

    22/12/2023
  • Hills4Hearts Campaign and VinaCapital Foundation handovers neonatal medical equipment in Quang Nam Province

    Hills4Hearts Campaign and VinaCapital Foundation handovers neonatal medical equipment in Quang Nam Province

    On May 22, 2023, the Hills4Hearts campaign and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) provided 5 pieces of essential neonatal equipment and a 2-day intensive training in neonatal emergency resuscitation for doctors and nurses at Cha Val Regional General Clinic in Quang Nam province through the Survive to Thrive program. The donation will improve the medical capacity of the healthcare system in Quang Nam province and ultimately reduce infant and maternal mortality in the ethnic minority communities of Central Vietnam. In January of 2019 Phil Jordan, his wife Laurey, and two daughters were stuck by tragedy when they lost their son (Billy) 5...

    22/12/2023
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