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Keeping the cause in sight
27 October 2017

Keeping the cause in sight

HCA’s patron, Mr Lim Boon Heng, shared personal insights into his own experiences.

More than just a game of golf, we were reminded of HCA’s raison d’etre (our most important purpose).

On 12 October, 112 golfers gathered at Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) for a day of swinging good fun in support of HCA Charity Golf 2017. A total of 28 flights were sold with men and women golfers competing for top honours at the sprawling 18-hole Island Course of SICC.

Golfing action all afternoon at SICC’s Island Course.

Helmed by Ms Wee Ai Ning, our Fundraising Chairperson, who is also the Vice President of HCA, the organising committee put together a seamless programme that ended on a high note in the evening. The adrenaline-filled gala dinner included a charity auction and live performance by UkeWaves of Siglap South Community Centre/Women’s Executive Committee.

The auctioneer bringing out the best in the generous audience, while a rambunctious crowd does the ‘yum seng’ with Mr Lim Boon Heng.

What defined the night, however, was a heartfelt speech by HCA’s patron, Mr Lim Boon Heng, who was also the Guest-of-Honour for the night.

Mr Lim first encountered HCA in 1997 when his father was diagnosed with stage four cancer and was given a prognosis of three to four months.

“After much discussion among our family members, we decided that the best option was to make my father as comfortable as possible in his last remaining days at home. When I asked the doctor on what was needed, he gave us a list of items and advised us to get in touch with HCA.”

…families should not be worried about things like costs, but rather, living these moments well.

Mr Lim recalled his experience after making the arrangements to obtain the items, which included a hospital bed, “When I asked them how much everything cost, I was astounded that it was free!”

A few years later, Mr Lim met Dr Seet Ai Mee, our former president from 2002 – 2014, and discovered the motivation behind HCA’s services. He recounted the conversation they had, “When I met Dr Seet, I finally understood HCA’s philosophy. She told me, ‘At that stage (of having a family member needing palliative care), families should not be worried about things like costs, but rather, living these moments well’.”

It was definitely an unexpectedly invigorating reminder to all who were present that an important aspect of palliative care is to ensure that both patients and caregivers can live their moments well.

Golfers raring to go before tee-off.

With the successful conclusion of this event, all of us at HCA extend our deepest gratitude to all our donors and sponsors for making this event possible. Your generous giving has continued to enable us in our mission of making quality palliative care accessible to all Singaporeans.