THE Selangor Symphony Orchestra presented a cheque of RM10,000 to Make-A-Wish Malaysia in a no-frills affair at the non-profit organisation’s office in Menara MBMR, Kuala Lumpur.
Present at the event was Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who is the royal patron of the state symphony and wish-granting organisation, Selangor Symphony Orchestra founder and music conductor Eugene Pook, orchestra general manager Norman Ismail and Make-A-Wish Malaysia chief executive officer Irene Tan.
The proceeds, about 60% from ticket sales, came from a concert held on Dec 4 at Shah Alam Theatre to commemorate the 71st birthday of Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
The donation to the wish-granting organisation was a group decision spurred not only by love of their royal patron but from the musical conductor’s experience on how improving a patient’s quality of life can result in a better outcome.
For the past seven years, Pook personally saw how his own father, a bypass and cancer patient, triumphed over his health battles aided by family and friends. They took him on leisure trips and feted him at restaurants.
Eventually, Pook heard from an oncologist that his father’s improving health had surpassed the medical team’s expectations.
It is Pook’s hope that children who are being helped by the organisation will also benefit from the joy that comes with the granting of their wishes.
“Joy. Hope. Strength. This is what doctors cannot give. When there is an element of happiness, patients are known to react better to treatment,” said Tan.
Tan’s foundation has since granted 327 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In 2014, the wish-granting organisation received RM210,750 in donation from corporate bodies.
This year, it is embarking on a volunteer drive in Johor, Ipoh and Penang. Wishes granted have included simple items such as a toy car to more unique experiences like touching dolphins.