An Adventure of the Heart


An Adventure of the Heart is a fundraising initiative founded by two friends, Marika Jarv and Lisa Brown. In awe of Dr Catherine Hamlin's work, and incredibly moved by the unimaginable and  truly heart-breaking stories of her patients, Marika & Lisa felt compelled to help in some way.... 



Designer Marika Jarv, started her career at the distinguished architectural firm  Stutchbury & Pape. Now the mother of two young daughters, she currently juggles motherhood with running her eponymous, independent design practice from home. Combining a love for beautifully made things, with her  experience in online retailing (via ex side-project PrintDolls), creating an online store of stylish wares as a way to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia seemed a natural thing to do.


Pre-kids, Lisa Brown forged a successful career in business and marketing management roles. After becoming the mother to three tomboyish daughters, she now combines her professional skills and compassionate nature to help others. As a key driver of a highly respected support network based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Lisa volunteers her time to raise funds for families in the local community during times of illness and bereavement.

PLEASE NOTE: An Adventure of the Heart is not a charity organisation. Rather, it is a fundraising campaign, dreamt up to raise funds on behalf of the charity Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), who support the wonderful work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her network of healthcare facilities. Please direct any enquiries regarding Dr Catherine Hamlin or Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) to or 02 9440 7001