Letters to the Editor
In this frenzied week, four activities were held _ a community Service Day, a charity bazaar and exhibition, a cycling and jogathon relay and finally a wholly clinical play production, “A Tomb With A View”.
All proceeds raised throughout the whole week went to the Singapore Cancer Society and the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
This is the reason why we decided to get all those who are interested in doing regular volunteer work together and officially adopt Moral Welfare Home, a home for the destitutes. We will be organising games and art & craft sessions for the lonely residents there and assist them in simple physiotherapy.
Community Service Day for Medic Week was on 17th January 1998. It was the first time that 40 medical students brought the residents out for a tea session at People’s Park. Some of the excited residents even put on make-up just for the trip. Some of us were a little apprehensive but fortunateIy there were others who are very experienced in handling the old folks. It rained heavily that day when we arrived at People’s Park but our spirits were not dampened. After all, Chinese New Year was approaching. We treated them to the famous egg tarts and char siew pao at the hawker centre and they liked them so much that we bought a few more for them to bring back to the Home. Each resident also received a $10 ang pao.
After this Community Service Day, medical students will continue to visit the Home every Saturday afternoon. Doctors interested in volunteering at the Home can contact Weien at 9259 6709.
The 35-km cycling North Route began from Woodbridge Hospital and covered Mount Alvernia Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital and Raffles Surgicentre. The 31-km cycling East Route started from New Changi Hospital and covered Eastshore Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore General Hospital. The more down-to-earth 6-km running route was flagged off from Alexandra Hospital towards National University Hospital. At each hospital stop, the participants witnessed a meaningful logo handing-over ceremony in the presence of eminent representatives from the hospitals.
At the ending point at NUS, we were honoured to have our Dean A/Prof CC Tan as our guest-of-honour, together with Dr William Tan, and several patients from the Singapore Cancer Society. Hard-earned logos received from each hospital were put up onto a Medic Connection mural to mark the completion of the event. This symbolises our hope to physically connect our hospitals and figuratively connect the various health care professionals.
CHARITY BAZAAR AND EXHIBITION
A TOMB WITH A VIEW
Besides a tight script, we also employed a plethora of special props, from fake blood to sugar glass bottles and starter guns. We even came up with a decapitated ‘head’ and secret passages. The audience was kept on their collective feet from the beginning to the end, as each act brought forth new twists and surprises.
We were also extremely fortunate to get a wide spectrum of media coverage from the papers (ST, New Paper Lianhe Zaobao) to radio (One 90.5 FM, Power 98, 88.5 FM and 99.5 FM) and television (AM Singapore). As a result, we managed a sell- out for both shows.
It was clear to all involved at the play (see photograph) that the audience enjoyed the performance as much as we enjoyed bringing it to them. And that’s all that counts.