In conjunction with Dialysis Patient’s Day and Chinese New Year, St John Ambulans Malaysia – Kawasan Pantai Selangor Headquarters (SJAM-KPS Foundation) hosted a luncheon.
About 300 patients gathered in Putra Ballroom, Klang Executive Club, to celebrate the festive occasion.
“The patients were brought to this gathering to nurture fellowship among them, and receive moral support,” said SJAM-KPS Foundation chief operating officer Datuk Yeo Kim Thong.
Before the lunch, the god of Prosperity made a special appearance, giving blessings and ushering VIP guests to their respective seats.
St John Ambulans Malaysia commander-in-chief Datuk Lai See Ming thanked donors for their support.
“There are more than 250 dialysis machines in Malaysia to treat more than 600 patients, all because of your helping hand,” he said.
While lunch was being served, patients took turns singing on stage.
Before the luncheon ended, the patients received ang pow from the VIP guests and donors.
SJAM-KPS Foundation is planning to open a new dialysis centre in Bintulu, Sarawak, to relocate its existing dialysis centre over there.
The new two-storey centre can house up to 100 dialysis machines, whereas the old centre could only house 12 machines.
Because of the growing number of patients, it has become more challenging to provide treatment and St John Ambulans Malaysia has appealed to the Sarawak government for help.
The state government has donated 0.52ha of land to St John Ambulans Malaysia, and early construction started last year, according to Yeo.
“We aim to operate by May, if all goes well, and this will be among the biggest St John Ambulans Malaysia centre,” he added.
However, RM10mil is required for this massive project and at the moment, they are between RM3mil and RM4mil short.
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