PETALING JAYA: The Inner Wheel District 330 Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), donated one Nikkiso dialysis machine to the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF) to benefit chronic kidney disease patients receiving treatment at the NKF dialysis centre in Johor Baru.
The Nikkiso dialysis machine, worth RM42,200, was handed over by Inner Wheel District 330 (IWD 330) Malaysia immediate past district chairman Parimala Satheesan, at a ceremony in the NKF office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Parimala Satheesan said the contribution of the dialysis machine was the NGO’s way of serving the community.
“As an NGO, we want to be recognised widely through personal service, fundraising, fellowship and a common aim to serve the local community. With the contribution of the dialysis machine, we want to help kidney patients restore their dignity and further improve their ability to take part in the community,” said Parimala.
NKF chief executive officer Chua Hong Wee was grateful for the help rendered by the IWD 330.
“Each dialysis machine runs between seven to 10 years with maintenance. Every year, at least 20 machines are replaced.
“We need donations for dialysis machines to keep the treatments going for our kidney patients and are very fortunate to have worked with IWD 330 Malaysia,” said Chua.
The funds for the dialysis machine were raised from The 4th South Asia Rally, a friendship rally in Kuala Lumpur last March which saw the participation of 600 members.
Following the presentation of the dialysis machine, visitors were taken on a tour around the NKF office, including the dialysis centre for better understanding of the importance of such machines.
Currently, IWD 330 has about 400 members in 18 clubs in Peninsula Malaysia.
The Inner Wheel clubs and districts take part in a wide range of work for charities across the world with the aim of giving people happier futures and better lives.
The organisation encourages members to support NKF in early health screening as a corporate social responsibility project and to create awareness in the rural areas.
To know more about how to help NKF, call 03-7954 9048 or visit http://nkf.org.my