Tulip sale in aid of hospice

THE elusive black tulip that is known as the “Queen of the Night” will make its debut alongside thousands of other tulips at the annual KLM Charity Tulip Sale and the proceeds will go to Hospis Malaysia.

Hospis Malaysia offers palliative care to patients suffering life-limiting illnesses.

“Our services are free of charge to our patients and their families and we need about RM1.6mil a year to operate.

“Aside from the frequent fund-raising events that we organise, the centre relies heavily on public and corporate contributions,” Hospis Malaysia general manager Rose-hayati Ahmad Noordin said.

Eye-catching: 'Queen of the Night' stand out from the rest because of the deep purple shade that is almost black.

She added that at any one time the centre provided home care for 400 patients in the Klang Valley and presently had 1,300 patients in their care.

“Palliative care focuses on giving the best quality of life to the patients as well as their families. Professional care, equipment, medication, beds and more is freely provided to the patients of all ages, gender, culture, religion and social standing,” Rosehayati said.

The much-anticipated tulip sale will start on May 10 at 11am onwards at the Concourse Level in Sungei Wang Plaza.

Only 200 stalks of the rare tulips will be flown in and will be sold for a minimum contribution of RM50 each whereas the 2,800 other coloured tulips are going at RM6 per stalk.

“Two years ago KLM adopted the hospice as the tulip sales' charitable cause and I am proud to announce that this year all the proceeds from the sale will go to Hospis Malaysia again,” KLM Royal Dutch Airlines country manager Estee Ng said.

Ng added that the fresh tulips specially flown in for the event that is held in conjunction with Mother's Day always receives good response from the public.

“Sometimes people pay more than the asking price and this is really touching as it is all done for a good cause and I believe the hospice is deserving of the funds. In a well-off country like ours, nobody should find themselves in want of comfort and attention, especially in the final days of life,” Ng said, adding that the special tulips were their way of thanking the public for their generosity in supporting the good cause over the years.

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