ONE Hope Charity & Welfare Berhad (One Hope) aims to open counters at the Penang and Seberang Jaya hospitals to help patients with financial difficulties and need for immediate medical attention.
The effort will be carried out with the cooperation of the Penang Health Department.
One Hope’s chairman Chua Sui Hau said he wrote to the state Health Department last November and was expecting good news.
“Once we receive the necessary approval, we will set up the counter, ” he said after attending the One Hope Charity Chinese New Year open house at the Vangohh Premier Hotel in Bukit Mertajam recently.
Also present were Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, One Hope’s advisors Datuk Seri R. Arunasalam and Ang Beng Hock, state executive councillors Phee Boon Poh and Chong Eng and Berapit assemblyman Heng Lee Lee.
Chua said the organisation was increasing its allocation from about RM8mil last year to RM10mil this year to help those suffering from various ailments.
He added that the organisation has helped thousands of people since it was established in 2002.
“The smiles on the faces of those present today who have either recovered or recovering give us the strength to continue to do our best, ” he said.
Chow in his speech praised One Hope, saying that the welfare body had assisted people with operation costs, giving out wheelchairs, paying for medical expenses and also providing them with encouragement and moral support to fight diseases.
He said he was impressed with One Hope’s commitments and offer to help all without taking into account race or religion.
“From an organisation of only 20 volunteers, it’s no wonder that after 18 years, One Hope has over 2,000 volunteers nationwide.
“Even some of the former beneficiaries are also involved in helping One Hope to raise funds to help other needy patients, ” Chow said.