Our Story

It all started with Tian Tian, a 10 year-old girl from an orphans and disadvantaged children’s home in Shanghai. When Thierry visited the children’s home in 2015, he met Tian Tian who shared her dream that is to “be able to regularly attend school, and become a nurse to take care of [her] sick mum.” Thierry handed Tian Tian a book, and promised her that if she works hard and continues to believe, her dreams will come true. When Thierry left the centre, he promised to dedicate part of his life to ensure more children can survive and thrive, and that was the beginning of FITHEARTS.

The following month, Thierry created the campaign “Fight for a Cause” and competed in White Collar Boxing, an amateur boxing fight to raise support and awareness for impoverished children. His goal was to provide a one-year education sponsorship to one child in China, and help buy a piece of land to build a secondary orphanage school in Kenya. Through this journey, Thierry discovered and connected with individuals who share the same passion for fitness, and a strong desire to help others.

Since the start, FITHEARTS has sponsored two children in China, and contributed to the buying of a piece of land to build an orphanage school in Kenya. This experience has taught us that caring on its own simply doesn’t count, action is what matters. To keep ourselves committed to that premise, FITHEARTS aim to become a global movement where passionate individuals come together to take action, and become agents of change. We will continue to work tirelessly in breaking down the cycle of poverty by bringing equal access to education, healthcare, and fitness to everyone around the world.

 
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Our Values

 

INTEGRITY
We lead change by example with every action, big or small, as ethical, genuine, and responsible.

ACTION
We are more than just words. We stand up and fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.

PERSERVERANCE
We fight and sweat for a greater good, and tough out the struggles because the outcome is greater than the sum of all parts.

TRANSPARENCY
We are honest and open. Our actions are accessible to the public at anytime.

PURPOSE
We fight for the things that truly matter with precision focus.

IMPACT
Results are what we’re all about.

 
 
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The Team

Thierry Melango, CEO & Founder  Engineer by Profession, Tony Stark by fiction, sport and fitness lover, aspiring social entrepreneur. Thierry is an optimist who believe in an individual’s power to create positive social change. He strives to play an active role in fighting poverty and reduce the world’s inequalities.

Thierry Melango, CEO & Founder

Engineer by Profession, Tony Stark by fiction, sport and fitness lover, aspiring social entrepreneur. Thierry is an optimist who believe in an individual’s power to create positive social change. He strives to play an active role in fighting poverty and reduce the world’s inequalities.

KIM CHEUNG, Operations  Chinese born, food lover, cooking chef by passion, sport and fitness enthusiasts, you will always find on her face a big smile with dimples.

KIM CHEUNG, Operations

Chinese born, food lover, cooking chef by passion, sport and fitness enthusiasts, you will always find on her face a big smile with dimples.

 

Board of Directors

Andrew Hill  Director and Founder of ELG and Xiersen 

Andrew Hill

Director and Founder of ELG and Xiersen 

Lauren Himle   Full time extrovert, part time boxer, aspiring pirate. You always find her on a quest for new passport stamps and an adrenaline fix.

Lauren Himle

Full time extrovert, part time boxer, aspiring pirate. You always find her on a quest for new passport stamps and an adrenaline fix.

 

Core Volunteers

Dennis Nierra,  Designer & Campaign Creator   In this universe, Dennis is a creative adman, just doing nerdy stuff. In a parallel universe, he might be the world featherweight champ. In another one, he might have hair, but with a mullet.

Dennis Nierra, Designer & Campaign Creator

In this universe, Dennis is a creative adman, just doing nerdy stuff. In a parallel universe, he might be the world featherweight champ. In another one, he might have hair, but with a mullet.

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  Logistics & Purchasing    Dynamic personality that speaks for itself. Where ever I go I make it mine, whomever I come across I make them mine. Adventure sport enthusiast, analytical by profession, hilarious in company.

Eric Dinesh, Logistics & Purchasing

Dynamic personality that speaks for itself. Where ever I go I make it mine, whomever I come across I make them mine. Adventure sport enthusiast, analytical by profession, hilarious in company.

Jenny Hsu, Brand & Experience Designer   47% crazy. Consistently nonsensical. You will always find her stuffing her face with ice-cream or superfoods. Rides like  Premium Rush  and addicted to exercise endorphins. 

Jenny Hsu, Brand & Experience Designer

47% crazy. Consistently nonsensical. You will always find her stuffing her face with ice-cream or superfoods. Rides like Premium Rush and addicted to exercise endorphins. 

PhiLlip Bennet, Writer & Editor   Phil is an aspiring entrepreneur, he also leads free fitness workouts in Shanghai, likes science and technology, and is a very proud nerd.

PhiLlip Bennet, Writer & Editor

Phil is an aspiring entrepreneur, he also leads free fitness workouts in Shanghai, likes science and technology, and is a very proud nerd.

Vera Shtompel,  PR/Media & Community ManageR   A bookworm with a constant natural thirst for new experiences, combining passions for martial arts and dancing. Full time digital traveler exploring the globe in an enjoyable modest pace. 

Vera Shtompel, PR/Media & Community ManageR 

A bookworm with a constant natural thirst for new experiences, combining passions for martial arts and dancing. Full time digital traveler exploring the globe in an enjoyable modest pace. 

MARINA AKASHEVA,  Operations and Programs Coordinator

MARINA AKASHEVA, Operations and Programs Coordinator

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“Our world won’t get better by itself, we must do our little bit of good wherever we are, it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

Desmond Tutu