NKF’s 20-episode television drama series, “Life is Beautiful”, was screened on Mediacorp Channel 8 from 5 March to 1 April 2015. The touching drama, which featured the hopes and struggles of two families impacted by kidney disease, brought to attention how kidney failure not only affects the patients but also their families. Supported by a strong cast including Mediacorp artistes Rui En and Pierre Png, “Life is Beautiful” garnered positive response from the public and encouraged the viewers to look after their kidney health.
In celebration of its 45th anniversary, NKF organised a series of exciting activities that not only involved staff, patients, and volunteers alike, but also raised public awareness on the topic of peritoneal dialysis. Amongst the many events was the Charity Musical “Titoudao”, which received resounding success and raised over $670,000 for the needy PD patients. At the musical gala on 7 March 2015, NKF announced subsidies and assistance enhancements to its PD Community Support Programme. Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat was also invited to launch NKF’s anniversary publication “Beams of Hope”.
Peritoneal dialysis was the theme at the “Love Life Love Your Kidneys” event on 14 and 15 March 2015. Held in conjunction with World Kidney Day and a part of NKF’s anniversary celebrations, the event attracted over 800 participants who learned about kidney health and PD through interactive games and informative exhibitions.
To further get people to think of peritoneal dialysis (PD) and understand better this treatment option, we went on an awareness drive using multimedia platforms such as mass media and online channels.
Four generous well-wishers came together to organise the “S R Nathan SG50 Charity Programme”, in which our late former President of Singapore commissioned 138 pairs of porcelain vases to raise funds for charities. NKF was privileged to receive a pair of these limited edition vases and launched the Prosperity for Generations fundraising campaign on 12 April 2015 at Wisma Atria Mall, raising over $400,000 for needy kidney patients with the vases as lucky draw prizes.
Singapore LionsXII soccer captain Isa Halim volunteered to be our Live Right Ambassador. As a role model, he raised awareness in the community on the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices, especially among the youths.
We organised our first Mass Health Screening and Awareness Day on 24 May 2015 at the NKF Centre where close to 1,000 people from all walks of life participated in free kidney health screenings, health talks, exercise sessions, a healthy cooking demonstration and tours of our dialysis centre. There were education health booths on kidney disease prevention and peritoneal dialysis. The event motivated participants to take charge of their health.
In celebration of our Nation’s 50th Birthday, NKF collaborated with Budak Pantai, an a cappella group, to organise “Budak Pantai & Friends” at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 4 June 2015. Made up of Gordon, Mike, Joe, Kah Keh and Danny, they performed with other local groups such as The Main Wayang Singers, Dance Thrilogy and many other friends to commemorate SG50 and helped raise over $200,000 for needy kidney patients.
Under a new model, selected NKF nurses underwent rigorous training in leadership, psychosocial skills and critical thinking and became empowered to do more advanced clinical work. Nurses are more pro-active in dealing with patients’ medical conditions and preventing recurring problems at the frontline, allowing doctors to focus more on complex cases. The nurse-led dialysis centres enable NKF to provide well-rounded quality care for better clinical outcomes.
For many kidney patients, having kidney failure does not only mean the loss of their kidney function. Sometimes, it may also mean the loss of their jobs. To help kidney patients find jobs that can accommodate their thrice weekly dialysis schedules, NKF launched the Patient Employment Rehabilitation Programme on 24 November 2015 with a generous sponsorship from the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. By giving the opportunity for gainful employment, patients feel empowered and have a greater sense of self-worth. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, was the Guest-of-Honour.