We are Todd, Andrew and Lauren, and together we will be completing the Vietnam Ironman 70.3 in May 2019 for 'Newborns Vietnam'. As a
relay team, Todd will start off with a 1.9 km open water swim, Andrew will cycle 90km through the Vietnamese landscape, and Lauren will finish off by running a half marathon (21.1km) in the midday heat.
'Newborns Vietnam' is an incredible charity that gives the promise of life to the most vulnerable of babies in Vietnam. Todd has been helping the charity since 2015 when he spent two months in Da Nang volunteering, returning in 2017 to do the same again. Andrew also volunteered for three months in Vietnam in 2017. This is Lauren’s first opportunity to get involved in the charity, and we all hope to support Newborns well into the future.
'Newborns Vietnam' will use the funds that we raise at a number of Hanoi Hospitals, with the National Children’s Hospital acting as the hub of the network. These will be extended nationwide next year. UK doctors will train Vietnamese doctors and nurses to a British standard whilst working with them to drive down death rates. The development of a national resuscitation programme, basic equipment where it is most needed, and a safe transport system will further support improvements in care and improve outcomes.
We also hope that our fundraising will contribute towards a transporter incubator which would help to safely transfer new-born babies to receive the care that they need at a higher-level hospital in the capital, Hanoi.
Their work is a cause that we are all very passionate about and strongly believe in. Todd and Andrew have both seen first hand the life-changing and lifesaving work that the charity accomplish. We want to give the gift of life to more babies and their parents.
'Newborns Vietnam' has more than halved the infant mortality rate in Da Nang (from 8.6% to 3.5%) and we are determined to help them continue
this progress nationally. In 2018 they extended their British training for
neonatal doctors and nurses to the country’s national hospital in Hanoi and in 2019 will continue into the poorest and most remote areas.
We would be very grateful for any and all contributions you are able to give, and will be updating this page regularly with our progress to keep you up to date.