Published on: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: The Palliative Care Association (PCA) achieved its target of collecting RM300,000 through its charity dinner and show (Healing Love - Keep Your Dreams Alive) held at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort, here, on Saturday.
This will enable the association to continue looking after patients in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own homes accompanied by necessary equipment or medical aids.
Apart from ticket sales, various donations were also received, among them, RM50,000 from Star Cruises and another RM50,000 from Datuk Ambrose Lee (Victoria Capital).
Purchasing equipment or medical aids by the PCA would otherwise be impossible without help from donors.
Other sponsors included Winecellars, Sutera Harbour Resort, Guiness Anchor Marketing Sdn Bhd, RMB Records, Videographics Productions Sdn Bhd, All Best Entertainment and Sutera Harbour Resort.
Margaret Lim, President of the PCA, thanked the State Health Department for meeting its needs and requests and all those who assisted the PCA in one way or another.
She shared the humble beginnings of PCA, which started off with one nurse co-ordinator looking after five to 10 patients in 1998.
"Today, we are looking after at least 100 patients at any one time with five full time nurses, one part-time volunteer doctor and one part-time senior nurse with a dedicated team of volunteers," she said.
The working partnership between the PCA and the Palliative Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has helped in the development of the delivery of palliative care at the districts. The services have now been expanded to the Tuaran district and its surrounding areas since 2012.
Lim said since 2013, palliative care services have also been established at the district hospitals in Kuala Penyu, Sipitang, Beaufort, Tawau, Sandakan, Keningau and Labuan, reaching out to more patients from both suburban and interior divisions.
Meanwhile, Patron of the PCA, Datuk Victor Paul, said the association is run by a multi-disciplinary team of nurses and doctors and around 40 volunteers.
"I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the medical professionals and volunteers for their tireless contribution to the Palliative Care Association."
"As you know, this association depends on this annual event to raise most of the funds required for the home care programme.
Therefore, we are very grateful for your generosity.
"Thanks to your donations, we have been able to provide palliative care to over 2,000 patients and their families."
The event was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Also present were Honorary Medical Consultant and Advisor Dr Ranjit Mathew Oommen.