THERE is a glimmer of hope for needy patients who require up to RM100,000 for heart surgery at the National Heart Institute (IJN).
The IJN Foundation will be organising a charity dinner concert at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on March 18 to raise funds for poor patients who cannot afford surgery or treatment. Its ambassador Datuk Sheila Majid will be performing and the Regent of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah will be the guest-of-honour.
IJN Foundation fundraising chairman Datin Julini Mohd Ali said every year the foundation held two big events for the sake of needy patients. Hence, by organising a charity dinner concert and a 45-minute performance by Sheila, the foundation hopes to garner the support needed.
“Therefore, we invite corporate organisations to support this event by taking up sponsorship packages available.
“We hope to receive overwhelming response and raise funds to help those in need,” said Julini.
She said at least RM2mil was needed each year to cover medical expenses as well as for doctors and specialists for research when it was required.
Last year, the foundation spent RM3mil to financially assist the surgery cost of 86 patients. Among them were 43 adults and 43 paediatrics patients.
“This year, we have managed to help 25 patients.
“Treatment cost is the most expensive as it can be it can go up to RM100,000 for each patient,” said IJN Foundation manager Ritzzawati Rosli Mohd Rosli.
She hopes the event would gain support from public and private sectors as well as the community.
Corporate companies are encouraged to purchase tables which are being sold at RM10,000, RM8,000 and RM3,000. Individual seats are available from RM320 and above.
Sponsorship packages of RM50,000 and RM30,000 are also available. All purchases of tables, individual tickets and contributions are tax exempted.