PAHANG OLD FOLKS’ HOME GETS NEW AMBULANCE
Taiwan association also presents dialysis machines and medicine
MORE than 200 people at Rumah Kebajikan Warga Emas Sang Riang were happy to receive a new ambulance for the ferrying of patients to hospitals. The ambulance was one of many contributions handed out by Taiwan’s Zhong Thang Compassionate Heart Association at the centre here yesterday.
The centre’s founder, Yap Yoke Moey, 58, received the contributions on behalf of the residents, handed by the Taiwan association’s president, Ban Han-Lin.
Yap, who has been running the centre since 2003, was visibly moved by the assistance that came all the way from Taiwan.
She said the assistance would go a long way to help keep charity work going at the centre, which houses residents of various faiths and ethnicity.
She said the ambulance would be an addition to the centre’s existing two ambulances, improving the centre’s ability to serve not only the residents, but also the people in the surrounding areas.
“Sometimes, people here need to be ferried to the closest hospital in Temerloh.
“Say, if someone got hurt in a road accident, we could ferry the victim to Temerloh Hospital, which is quite a distance away,” said Yap.
Datuk Kristina Yeow Lai Choon, who heads the Malaysian branch of the association, said it was important to raise awareness of the charity work at the centre as it served as a beacon to people of various religions and backgrounds.
“Kind-hearted people helped establish the centre in the first place, so it is hoped that more kind-hearted people will continue to help us,” said Yeow, 54.
The old folks’ home, first established in 2003, has expanded to house residents who suffer from mental illness, serious illness and those who are disabled. It also provides dialysis treatment, among others.
It has facilities not only for Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian residents to practise their faith, but also for funeral rites specific to each faith.
During the ceremony yesterday, the association also handed over five dialysis machines, a RM25,000 cheque, 8,000 diapers, 200 boxes of Panadol, 2,000 bottles of traditional medicine and 500 bottles of medicated oil, among others.
Zhong Thang Compassionate Heart Association’s Malaysian branch head Datuk Kristina Yeow Lai Choon (sixth from left) handing replicas of a cheque and a key to Rumah Kebajikan Warga Emas Sang Riang founder Yap Yoke Moey (fourth from right) in Bera, Pahang, yesterday.