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TTSH launches new initiative to raise funds for patients in need

On a Quest for $1 million of pledges in 12 months

14 November 2010 - Longer-term care programmes targeted at financially-strapped patients and their families can now be more effectively planned at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), with the launch of the TTSH Community Charity Fund’s ‘One to a Million Quest’.

Under this new initiative, TTSH donors can pledge a regular amount for donation over any number of years. There is no minimum donation amount set. Everyone is encouraged to make a pledge that they are comfortable with. The TTSH Charity Fund aims to attract $1 million worth of pledges within the first year.

Alex Toh, 28, a lawyer, is one potential donor that welcomes this new initiative. “Regular or monthly donations are more manageable and help donors spread out their commitments. This enables donors to donate more over a period of time through monthly commitments and to continue with their commitments even when the economy is not doing well,” he says.

Indeed, with this new strategy, a more regular stream of funds can be generated to plan longer- term care programmes for needy patients and their families under the TTSH Charity Fund. It would also facilitate TTSH reaching out to families who suddenly find themselves in financial difficulty when a family member develops a major illness and requires long-term treatment. Some of the more needy families might not even qualify for subsidies such as the Medifund.

“Many people may not realise that the help we extend goes beyond just the patients. By providing financial help, we also lift emotional and psychological burdens of the patient’s’ families. More often than not, the families are highly stressed and may suffer from depression because they cannot cope,” says Mdm Kay Kuok, Chairman of National Healthcare Group and TTSH Community Charity Fund.

Last year, the TTSH Charity Fund raised $2 million for 2,500 of TTSH’s needy patients.

Aisya was one of TTSH’s patients who had benefited from timely financial assistance under the TTSH Charity Fund. Her diabetic condition led to a severe foot infection and her left leg from below the knee had to be amputated. She could no longer work as a part-time maid and had to rely on her housemate for financial support. When she was fitted with a prosthetic leg, she could lead an independent life. When it wore out in 2009 and she could not afford a replacement, she was worried that the life as she had built it, would be lost to her.

Thanks to TTSH Charity Fund’s assistance, she now has a new prosthetic replacement for her leg and is moving around in relative comfort and ease.

“I was fortunate to have received support under the TTSH Charity Fund. Without it, I would not have been able to afford the cost of the prosthetics and without that, I would not have been able to live a normal and independent life. Now I can walk well and go anywhere,” says Aisya.

His Excellency, President S R Nathan will officially launch ‘One to a Million Quest’ at TTSH's Charity Gala Dinner on Thursday, 14 October at Shangri-la Hotel. Guests will also be able to bid for an opportunity to pose for a caricature drawing with President Nathan. Proceeds from the dinner will be in aid of TTSH's needy patients.

About Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)

Tan Tock Seng Hospital is an acute general hospital equipped with world-class medical facilities and an established reputation in the field of providing healthcare for the community. Established in 1844, TTSH has built on a tradition of compassion set by its founder, Mr Tan Tock Seng, to provide seamless and holistic healthcare services. TTSH is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), in recognition of its world-class patient care and comprehensive range of high quality holistic healthcare services at its main hospital complex, Communicable Disease Centre (CDC), TTSH Rehabilitation Centre and specialist clinics. TTSH was restructured in 2000 to become part of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) to better provide integrated patient care.

About TTSH Community Charity Fund

Set up in 1995, the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund commits to improving the quality of life for the community and helping needy patients to get the treatment they require. The Charity Fund provides financial aid for disadvantaged patients and also supports various patient-centered programmes such as Diabetes Care Programme and Community Rehabilitation Programme. Since its establishment, the Charity Fund has helped many needy patients, lightening their financial and emotional burdens. From non-standard drugs to medical aids, the Charity Fund has made a difference with the tremendous support from donors.