KDU Students Extend Charity Cares To Children With Cancer

Denise Lim Kar Peng (2nd from left), the President of KDU’s Pre-United Club handling the medical supplies to Dr Ooi Hee Ong (2nd from right), the Medical Officer of PPUM’s paediatric ward.  Members of KDU’s Pre-United Club having a group photo with the medical personnel of Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM) Children’s Cancer Ward. 
Through the interaction with young cancer patients, KDU’s students have learned to empathise and sympathise with these children. A member of KDU’s Pre-United Club interacting with a child-patient in the ward. 
Instilling the value of charitableness in its students has been part of KDU’s primary goals as one of the main tertiary education service provider in Malaysia.

On 29 September 2017, KDU’s Pre-United Club organised a charity visit to Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM) Children’s Cancer Ward, Kuala Lumpur, with the aim to help out children who are in need of medical supplies.

The charity visit was organised by the Initiative Team which comprise of 11 club members from the Pre United Club and the American Degree Transfer Programme Club. A total of 14 KDU’s students were involved in the visit to PPUM.

With the guidance and advice of the club advisor, Ms Jeevita a/p Govindaraj, the Initiative Team prepared the number and types of medical supplies that were to be donated and sent out emails to representatives at Bard Malaysia Healthcare Sdn Bhd to order said medical supplies.

The Initiative Team also decided to donate items that were requested by the Sekolah Dalam Hospital (SDH) as well as prepare goodie bags for the children.

At 2.30 p.m. on the day of the visit, the students arrived at PPUM Children’s Cancer Ward. A briefing was given by the medical correspondent and Ms Nor Hazlina Binti Saidin, the Head Nurse of the Children’s Cancer Ward to the participants.  

After a touching speech delivered by the Club President, Denise Lim Kar Peng, who is currently pursuing Cambridge A Levels – Arts in KDU College, the students were divided into 3 groups. Each group took turns to visit the cancer patients as there was a visitor limit in the wards to ensure that the patients were not overwhelmed.
Throughout this process, KDU students were able to interact with the children and sang songs to cheer them up. From the interaction, they have learned to empathise and sympathise with these children who had to struggle to survive at such tender ages.

As students gathered at the visitor’s room outside the ward after visiting the children’s ward, the medical representatives thanked them for their efforts in raising funds to support their cause. Students also expressed their gratitude to the hospital in return, for giving them this opportunity to help out children who are in need.

Although the visit was short, the club members expressed their satisfaction with the experience of planning the visit and meeting the children. “Without the help of Ms Jeevita and the cooperation of the club members, this event would not have been successful,” enthused Lim, the Club President.