Volunteers pledge to shave heads for palliative patients

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 11 Jun 2020

Kasih Hospice Care Society nurses attending to a patient in the patient’s home. - filepic

Kasih Hospice is calling for the public to help terminally ill patients by donating to its charity head shaving campaign.

Organised by Kasih Foundation, the “Charity Head Shave for Palliative Care” fundraising campaign hopes to get the public to pitch in and donate after several Kasih Hospice Care Society volunteers pledged to shave their heads for a good cause.

Kasih Hospice Care Society president Dr Goh Pek Pin said they wanted to show that amid the ongoing pandemic, the world was full of love.

As such, the volunteers will shave their heads to raise money that will go towards helping terminally ill patients cope with their situation.

“The organisation’s annual charity fair, initially planned to be held in September, has been cancelled after restrictions are imposed under the movement control order (MCO),” said Dr Goh, one of 19 volunteers who have pledged to shave their heads for the campaign.

She explained that the proceeds from this campaign, which ends on July 18, would go towards easing the plight of palliative patients.

Kasih Hospice Care Society, a non-profit organisation which relies solely on public donations, has been hit hard with significant reductions in donations since the pandemic began.

“The organisation has been helping terminally ill patients for over 20 years since its establishment in 1997.

“We have a medical team that visits the homes of around 800 to 900 end-of-life patients per year to provide free comprehensive medical care, including pain management and other end-of-life care such as medication, oxygen tanks and wheelchairs,” said Dr Goh.

She said the medical team also provided invaluable spiritual support to patients during the extremely difficult time in their lives.

“We hope to raise the money needed to maintain daily operations,” she added.

Despite the NGO’s challenges in getting sufficient donations during the MCO, its dedication to helping those in critical care with both physical and mental care continues.

During the MCO there were some changes in how the team offered medical advice to their less critical patients, by utilising video and phone calls to reach patients.

“Through video and phone calls, we guided many families and caregivers about medication and providing medical aid to our patients.

“We even uploaded instructional demonstration videos,” said Dr Goh.

She added that more critical patients would still receive home visits from medical staff in full personal protective equipment.

The organisation also delivered medication to patients who required the service throughout the MCO.

Those interested to donate can contact Kasih Foundation at 017-293 5122, email to admin@kasihfoundation.org or visit its Facebook page, Kasih Hospice.

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