“…WE CAN DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE” – Mother Theresa
There was quite a turn out at this year’s charity dinner! It was held, in conjunction with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (which falls on 12 October) at the Grand Ballroom of Venue Creator Ventures, aka City Kingdom Hotel on 16 November 2019. The team was up early to prepare for the event. With only a few hiccups in the way, the team seemed to pull together and overcame all obstacles like a good team truly should.
Many guests came from far and near to show their support, some old friends and many new. But all with a heart prepared to give! Our Guest of Honour was The Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Haji Aminuddin Bin Harun accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Hajjah Wan Hasni Binti Wan Yusof who is also the Patron of Pertubuhan Hospice Negeri Sembilan. The highlight of the event was when YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Aminuddin Bin Harun pledged RM30, 000 to Hospice Negeri Sembilan. Thank you YAB. There were other main sponsors like Latimer Group of Companies, Matrix Concept Foundation and IJM Land at the event, in addition to many donors who have supported us throughout the year. They, too, received Chinese Calligraphy posters, which were also sponsored by a kind soul. We will never be able to thank all our Big Hearts enough.
Dr Anthony Gilbert, who has been the President of Hospice Negeri Sembilan FOR 21 years, introduced the theme for this year’s World Hospice Day, which is “My Care, My Right”. In his speech he informed that palliative care can be demanded by the public- and that, together, every person impacted by a life-limiting illness can influence their policy makers to prioritize palliative care financing under Universal Health Coverage.
Three hours seemed to fly by. Though it was late, we were almost disappointed to see the night end and our friends leave. But we constantly reminded ourselves ever so quietly of our purpose and mission of fulfilling a need in the community by ‘providing free medical services and voluntary support focused on terminally ill, cancer patients and their carers’ as said by Dr Anthony Gilbert in his welcoming speech.
Although the food was disappointing (we regret this very much), many approached our team quietly after the event to give one amazing testimony of our teamwork, and simply to say thank you.
“You’re making a difference…” were uttered several times, as if to remind us just how many “lives” we have touched.
People call or write us sometimes, to tell us how our help meant something to them. They thank us, and carry on. Some of these patients and carers testimonies were also showcased and it moved the audience very much. That is the real reminder of just why we do, what we do. It is a tremendous reminder that God can use any one, even this team, from completely different walks of life, to come together and save if any, just one life.