KUALA LUMPUR – A group of cyclists participated in Audax400 recently to raise funds for the critically ill children warded at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).
Formed a little over 2 years ago, Anything Goes Road Riders (AGRR) channeled 100% of the funds raised to the PICU Fund which helps to subsidize the cost of care of critically ill children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Fund helps pay hospital fees of children from poor families as well as subsidize the purchase of medications, consumables and equipment for some children for home use regardless religion or race. Children admitted to PICU are those who are at risk of dying but have the chance to recover fully or at least to a functional level. Various conditions such as infections of the chest, blood, brain and other organs can lead to life threatening situations where intensive care will be needed to help them through. These children may have an underlying disease such as cancer or congenital conditions or they may be completely normal until stricken with an infection, accident or other similar events.
Major part of PICU’s expenditure is subsidized by the government. However, public support is needed to help subsidize the cost of care of children from poor families and purchase of life-saving equipment.
If you are interested in making a donation, write a cheque to: Patient Welfare Fund, University of Malaya Medical Centre (Tabung Kebajikan Pesakit, Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya). Donations to this Fund will receive tax-exemption.
Associate Professor Gan Chin Seng
Consultant, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Department of Paediatrics,
University of Malaya Medical Centre, KL
Tel: 03-7949 2065/2192/2428