Several caring organisations came forward to volunteer with The National Kidney Foundation as part of their efforts to reach out to the community. We would like to share with you their experiences.
Enriching Our Patients’ Lives Through Food
Expat Giving, a non-profit organisation, gathers expatriates living in Singapore, to do volunteer work. Volunteers have been providing cooking enrichment classes for our patients, enriching their lives through food!
“Although I am trained as a food technologist, cooking for renal patients requires a lot more preparation than I initially thought. This is to ensure the nutrition value as well as the suitability for kidney patients to enjoy. Keeping all these pointers in mind, we created a “Waterless Steamboat”. Overall, a morning well spent educating myself and the wonderful kidney patients about cooking healthier and eating well!” – says Heeru Murjani, volunteer from Expat Giving, conducted a cooking class on 21 May 2014 at Serangoon Dialysis Centre.
Befriending Our Patients
Project Cheer is an initiative by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation (TCTF) with the objective to bring cheer to the less privileged among us. Volunteers from TCTF and children from Thye Hua Kwan Family Service Centre @ Tanjong Pagar provided joy to patients at NKF’s Serangoon Dialysis Centre. Held over two days and themed “Love Nature, Love Ourselves”, the programme helped bring cheer to patients while raising awareness on positive environmental action.
“As the two-day programme came to an end, I looked at each patient and child as they bid farewell to each other and genuinely hoped that both parties enjoyed each other’s company. From the smiles on their faces, I am glad to say that they did.” – says Alison Kuah, volunteer from Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, who participated in Project Cheer.
Patient Outing to Gardens by the Bay
Bedok Methodist Church (BMC) generously sponsored $1,000 for the admission tickets, refreshments and transportation to Gardens by the Bay. A total of 22 patients and 7 caregivers from Bedok Dialysis Centre and Tampines 2 Dialysis Centre participated in the outing on 3 August 2014. Volunteers from BMC accompanied the patients as they admired the flora and fauna of the Garden. The patients enjoyed themselves very much and are looking forward to more of such outings.
“We have been partnering NKF for many years. I am glad that the patients enjoyed the outing. We are happy to be able to bring joy and fun to the patients.” – says Jean Wee, volunteer from Bedok Methodist Church, accompanied patients to Gardens by the Bay.