Fund-raising campaign hopes to see palliative centre soon
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
ABOUT 22 PARTICIPANTS VOLUNTEERED to be bold and go bald at the third ‘I Shave’ fund-raising campaign organised by Kuching Life Care Society.
Held at Boulevard Shopping Mall on July 5, the fund-raising campaign has raised about RM400,000 from the third installment alone. Funds will be going to the construction of a palliative centre here.
“The two main problems are the transportation and accommodation in which Kuching Life Care Society have ambulance and care van services which help patients with their transportation problem, and as for accommodation, this is what we are currently working on,” said Kuching Life Care Society chairman Sim Piak Heng in her speech during the launching of the campaign.
According to Sim who has been with Kuching Life Care Society for nine years, the objective of the Kuching Life Care Palliative centre is to help and educate terminally ill patients on what they should do in their remaining time.
“One of the main objectives of palliative care is to fulfill the patient’s bucket list. And the treatments are applied based on the family members’ will, instead of the standard medical aids,” added Sim.
For the planned palliative care, Sim said there are three main focuses which include providing consultative services to family members to help them accept the current situation as well as encouraging them to communicate more with the patient. Palliative care also applies suitable therapy and medication to control the patient’s pain and discomfort.
They also focus on helping the patient understand and accept death so they can spend the rest of their time to the fullest potential.
“Kuching Life Care Society takes the initiative by applying for land from the government, sketch the building blueprints, visiting existing palliative centres in West Malaysia and Singapore and also run a series of awareness and fund-raising campaigns to fulfill this dream,” said Sim.
As of now, Kuching Life Care Society has managed to raise RM2.6 million for the construction fund, and is hoping to make more to reach their target of RM6 million.
For the fund-raising campaign, among those who made donations were Victor Hii (RM210 000), Michael Tiong (RM2000), Boulevard Shopping Mall (RM2000), Datin Rose Lau (RM128 888), Chang Kim Khiun (RM7862) and Imperial Hotel Kuching (RM2102).
Also present during the fund raising event was Datuk Yong Khoon Seng.
On October 4, Kuching Life Care Society will be organizing a charity sale to raise RM200,000. Sales coupons are available and can be obtained by calling their hotline at 013 8038999.
For further information, do check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kuching-Life-Care-Society/433316483511993?fref=ts