PENANG Pure Lotus Hospice of Compassion will be able to accommodate up to 40 patients upon completion of its six-storey building in Jalan Utama.
Its public relations manager Mandy Tan Ling Ling said the building was expected to be completed in August.
“I hope we can begin our operations there by January next year once we get clearance from the authorities.
“We still need donations for beds, fixtures and fittings as well as medical supplies and equipment,” she said after receiving RM5,000 from the trustees of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi at Cannon Square recently.
The hospice was among 16 charitable organisations which received RM5,000 each.
Founded in 2001 by retired nurse-tutor Ven Lyan Shih, the hospice provides palliative care for end-stage cancer patients who are poor and do not have caretakers.
The new building is being built at its old premises at 73, Jalan Utama.
Currently, the hospice is operating from another centre at 67, Jalan Utama, which can care for nine patients only due to limited space.
Tan urged people from all walks of life to volunteer at the hospice. Those who wish to give donations or volunteer can contact the office at 04-2295481.
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi president Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew said that aid amounting to RM80,000 was given.
Besides the hospice, the other beneficiaries were The Penang Home for The Infirm and Aged, Befrienders Penang, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Silver Jubilee Home for The Aged, The Cerebral Palsy (Spastic) Children’s Association of Penang, Penang St Nicholas Home and Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia.
Others which received funds were Penang Fo Yi Haemodialysis Society, Eden Handicap Service Centre Bhd, The Society for Aid to the Handicapped, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kasih Insan Pulau Pinang, Penang Cheshire Home, Malaysian Association for the Blind, D’Home Mental Health Association and Pertubuhan Rumah Kebajikan Seri Cahaya Pulau Pinang.