Eastern Health Alliance to raise $50,000 to make beneficiaries' wishes come true

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong hangs up a patient's wish on the Wishing Tree at the Eastern Health Alliance SG50 celebration at Changi General Hospital on Aug 13, 2015.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong hangs up a patient's wish on the Wishing Tree at the Eastern Health Alliance SG50 celebration at Changi General Hospital on Aug 13, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE -What they want range from a 32-inch flat screen digital television and hair rebonding to diapers and milk feeds - and the Eastern Health Alliance (EHA) aims to see their wishes come true.

While some of the items wished for might sound frivolous, they will go a long way to improving the quality of life of the recipients.

Mr T. K. Udairam, chief executive officer of EHA, which includes Changi General Hospital (CGH) and the Salvation Army's Peacehaven Nursing Home, said: "Our beneficiaries' wishes aren't luxurious items."

The television, for example, is Mr Low Chin Hee's eye to the world. The 64-year-old lives alone and, because of his poor health - his muscle and nerves have degenerated - he is not able to work and spends most of his time at home.

A television will not only provide entertainment, but also keep him informed of what's happening in the country and the world.

Miss Maszliana Sidek, 31,used to weigh 210 kg. She went for bariatric surgery to help her reduce her weight and has since brought it down to 182 kgs. Her target is 100 kgs and she is exercising regularly to achieve that.

As her weight goes down, her asthma has improved and she no longer pants after a short walk. She now hopes to find a job and she wants to rebond her hair.

"This will give me more confidence," she said as her hair is very frizzy and she wants it straightened.

They are among the people who have hung their wish on EHA's wishing tree.

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong yesterday pledged on behalf of WeCare@MarineParade, which he set up last year, to adopt wishes for two people.

Two former MPs attending the event, Mr Teo Chong Tee, MP for Changi from 1976-1996 and Mr Ng Kah Ting, MP for Punggol from 1963-1991 - both of whom had been involved in the setting up of CGH - said they, too , will each make a wish come true.

The EHA hopes to raise about $50,000 to fulfill wishes for about 200 people.Donations made to "Changi Health Fund" are tax exempt.