Sunday, August 9

Cash Sweep donates RM300,000 to STEC Kidney Foundation

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HELPING HAND: Lim (third left) presents a mock cheque for RM300,000 to Ng (centre) of STEC Kidney Foundation as secretary Sue Lim (third right) and others look on.

KUCHING: STEC Kidney Foundation received a big boost in funds when Special Cash Sweep presented its annual contribution of RM300,000 at its head office in Jalan Pending.

For Natural Avenue Sdn Bhd, (NA) the operator and promoter of the Special Cash Sweep general manager Jackson Lim handed over the donation to the foundation’s governor Paul Ng.

Ng said the STEC Kidney Foundation is really indebted to NA who had been supporting the foundation since it was set up in 1997 to provide financial assistance to needy patients who cannot afford to pay their own dialysis.

He hoped more companies will emulate NA and help the less fortunate members of society.

“Recently, we have seen a rise in the number of people suffering from kidney failure who require dialysis. Dialysis is expensive, costing from RM60 per dialysis to as much as RM300 and most patients need to undergo three dialysis treatments a week, which is beyond the means of most patients. Our Sarawak General Hospital has limited facilities and cannot provide dialysis to all patients who need it,” said Ng in a press release.

STEC Kidney Foundation is currently supporting 29 kidney patients from four dialysis centres in Sarawak. There is a long waiting list of deserving applicants for the foundation’s grants.

Unfortunately, the foundation is not in a position to help all due to financial constraints, as once accepted, the patients become the beneficiary of the foundation for life.

All contributions are tax exempted and crossed cheques payable to ‘STEC Kidney Foundation’ can be sent to the foundation’s registered office at 3rd floor, No 2 Jalan Song Thian Cheok, 93100 Kuching.