The Kidney Dialysis Foundation: Helping Singapore’s Neediest

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organisation that endeavors to treat patients from the lowest of the 10% income group in Singapore.

Approximately 1 in 9 Singaporeans suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can eventually lead to kidney failure. How can we treat kidney failure, especially for those who cannot afford health care?

Dr Gordon Ku, a kidney specialist established the KDF in February 1996 to provides subsidized dialysis treatment. By attending to a niche group of patients, such as cleaners, store assistants, and taxi drivers, the KDF changes the lives of needy members of the community.  Patients are referred by medical social workers, and through KDF’s resources, are not be deprived of treatment due to financial restraints.

KDF takes a holistic approach when caring for patients.  It is KDF’s mission to ensure the patients’ well-being. They can do this by kindling hope and strength to make life more meaningful; even for the most destitute.

The foundation, with the support of donors and sponsors, has set up a several campuses to care for its patients. Through 2016, KDF has served over 818 patients – 77 of which have undergone successful kidney transplantations.

 

Through medical outreach, education, and fundraising, KDF has changed in the lives of hundreds of people. They reach out to the community through multifaceted educational efforts, utilizing the “3 P’s” of Education – Public, Patient and Professional. In the public sphere, it has produced the “New Lease of Life” stores, featured eight episodes portraying real KDF patients who are live with the daily battle of life with with kidney diseases. With patients, they take care to instruct and guide all pre-ESRD patients and their families on the available treatment options. Professionally, KDF annually trains its staff: they update staff in the practice of nephrology, for example.

The Kidney Dialysis Foundation serves about 338 patients currently. Annually, at least $4 million is needed to cover medical costs and to support research for a cure.

Anthony S Casey recently made a generous donation to the KDF. You can too!

Donations are accepted online: Donate to KDF

Focus on the Family: Singapore

Focus on the Family Singapore Limited is a donor-supported organization dedicated to the mission that the family unit is the essential building block of a thriving nation. Mr. Tan Thuan Seng established the organization in 2002. The foundational small team started by organizing events dedicated to fostering the irreplaceable bonds of family through counseling parents and couples about the importance of these bonds.

Focus on the Family provides support in the form of educational support. Their Parent-Coach dialogue allows parents to engage with others undergoing the same experience and learn from others’ perspectives. Workshops to help couples with marriage help keep personal lives in shape for both parents and for the children. For example, Connect2 is a marriage preparation program that helps couples address issues they may not expect early in their time together and build a strong foundation right at the start.

 

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By encouraging the transformation of society through healthy and positive family values today, Focus on the Family foresees the sustainability of future generations.

 

 

Action for Aids

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Courtesy of Singapore Tatler

 

Action for Aids is a community-based volunteer organization committed to the prevention, education and advocacy for the welfare of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their subsequent care and treatment.

AFA was formed in 1988 in Singapore out of response to the global and local spread of HIV infection; since 2004 they have been an officially recognized charity. Since then, they have evolved to be fundamental innovators of philanthropic change in Singapore and surrounding community. HIV is a challenging health problem, but with proper education, everyone can better understand prevention and treatment. 

From initial assistance for those living with HIV infection, to the role that promotion of basic public awareness requires, Action for Aids has grown to implement complex prevention and care programs in an increasingly globalized society. The organization supports outreach programs. They provide free HIV tests regardless of age, gender, or sexual preference. They provide consistent support for those who have no one else to turn to.

They also sponsor numerous fundraising activities and events for involved donors. At the Endless Love Gala in 2013, donors raised an incredible $140,371.10. Anthony S. Casey and his wife Bernice joyously engaged in this event.

 

Nias Orphanage Building Fund

Indonesia is a massive, sprawling country.  It is made up of 17,508 islands (only around 6,000 are inhabited by people) and it takes 12 hours to fly from one side of the country to the other. It has the second-highest amount of biodiversity in the world. It is also geographically diverse; however, this leave Indonesia vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters.  For the people who live on the islands of Indonesia, the risk of natural disaster threatens to uproot the promise of a stable life. 

In Indonesia’s poorest regions, Anthony S. Casey has contributed to efforts that help children rebuild their lives are devastating natural disasters.

The New Community Home Nias is an orphanage where children can find a home again.

There was a time when a tsunami hit Nias.  Reverend Soh Chye Kiong speaks of the The New Church Singapore’s involvement in the video above.

The church was actually exploring Thailand and Cambodia, reaching out to help children in these places. But when a friend of theirs told me of the plight of children in Nias in Indonesia, they discovered many children in need; orphans and unattended children with no community or support. Here, they found a piece of land, leased it, and started with a group of seven children.  They are growing everyday through love and compassion of the children at the orphanage. The children attend school; learning math, geography, history, science, and basic skills. Reverend Soh Chye Kiong speaks of plans to continue reaching out to the community. The children at Nias are truly inspiring. After so much hardship, their dreams are strong – young Rahel wants to be a teacher; Jonathan wants to be a policeman.

The Nias Orphanage has achieved so much for the children of Indonesia and Anthony S. Casey is eager to see its continued future growth.

Dance Spectrum International: Singapore

 

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How can we afford young people with developmental disabilities the same opportunities and experiences as their peers? The Autism Research Centre of Singapore helps educate people about autism and dedicates to serve individuals in the country with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The charity was established in 2000 and has since become the leader not only in fundraising, but implementing real change for individuals who need assistance asserting independence in their lives. The Pathlight School is one of their primary resources that offers both mainstream academics and essential life skills for students with autism.  Additionally, they host many events and fundraising opportunities to contribute to their efforts.

The Dance Spectrum International is one of these events that is essential to the Autism Research Center. It offers a life-changing experience for many of these young people.

Dance Spectrum International has become an annual tradition. In past years, dancers have performed acts titled such as “Christmas isn’t Christmas until..” This performance raised $132,602 toward supporting the Pathlight School Building Fund.

The most recent performance was help on December 4th, hosted at the Republic Cultural Centre. At this beautiful cultural landmark,  Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng in the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency and Guest Member and Ms Irene Ng attended the “Concert of Hope” in support of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

 

For more on the Autism research center, and to see how you can contribute, please see Autism.org.sg.

Pimp My Tuk Tuk

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Do you know what a Tuk Tuk is? Only some of the most colorful, creative, and unique auto rickshaws in the world. A common form of transportation in urban areas like Sri Lanka, these three-wheeled automobiles pack some serious power. Pimp My Tuk Tuk (PMTT) travels all over Sri Lanka and Singapore, visiting cities like Colombo, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Kandy, and more.

Participants of the PMTT challenge are dedicated to supporting local communities and changing them for the better. Primary donation recipient organizations are Foundation of Goodness and Food from the Heart. PMTT made their first donation to Foundation of Goodness June 2015.

Autism Resource Centre

The Autism Resource Centre’s mission is to “help individuals with an autism spectrum disorder maximise their potential in life through advocacy and provision of services in education, employment and empowering of family caregivers / professionals.”

Earlier this month, the organization, in conjunction with the Dance Spectrum Institute (DSI), hosted a “Concert of Hope,” a dance performance at the Republic Cultural Centre, Singapore. Guest of Honor, Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng in the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency and Guest Member, Ms Irene Ng attended the December 4th performance.

DSI donated all proceeds to the Employability and Employment Centre of the Autism Resource Centre. Donors contributed via director sponsorship, ticket purchases, sponsor-a-child programs, and the sponsor souvenir programme.

For more information, be sure to visit the Autism Research Centre website.

Little Sisters Fund

“We know that there is no tool for development more powerful than the education of girls and the empowerment of women.”

Kofi Annan, 2003

Anthony S Casey is also a member of the Little Sisters Fund, an organization dedicated to providing life-changing educational services to girls in the underprivileged regions of Asia. By providing long-term support, they can help end forced Child Labor, Child Marriage, and Child Trafficking. Programs include Individual Sponsorship (ISP), School Scholarships (SSP), and more. In the ISP, Little Sisters write their sponsor monthly while $3,500 covers her complete education including 10 years of tuition, books, supplies, and uniform.

2015 was an especially difficult year in Nepal. In April and May, earthquakes and continuous aftershocks, devastated the country.  Paired with political unrest and dissatisfaction stemming from the new constitution, the work of Usha, Ramesh and Yashoda in past months is particularly impressive. The Little Sisters Fund currently supports over 1,900 Little Sisters with long-term scholarships.

By training and performing in triathlons, Anthony S Casey and his team fundraise for this great organization.

Little Sisters Fund 7min Video from Trevor Patzer on Vimeo.

 

Anthony has been an active donor since 2007.  This past year, 2015, was by almost any measure, the most difficult twelve months of Little Sisters Fund’s 18-year history.

Despite the earthquakes and ongoing aftershocks, political unrest, and fuel crisis, the group accomplished a great deal in 2015.

A few highlights include:

  • 350+ new Little Sisters. This brings the total number of girls currently receiving support to about 2,000.
  • 97% pass rate on the School Leaving Certificate exam.  More than double the national rate!
  • A rapid, multi-faceted earthquake response effort, which reached more than 5,000 people in need.
  • New programs and partnerships

You can click here to read the Little Sisters Fund 2015 Annual Report.

Anthony S Casey is proud to make such fantastic changes possible. With hope for the future, the work moving forward is as much part of those who donate as the organization’s efforts itself.

For more information, be sure to check out the Little Sisters Fund website.

2015 Dec: Make a Wish Foundation

Anthony is a proud sponsor of the Make a Wish Foundation. This month, Make a Wish sponsored one child’s “Pony Day Out.” Not only was little Arifah able to flaunt her very best ‘My Little Pony’ attire, but she also built her very own pony at Build-A-Bear Singapore. After registering the “birth” of her pony, Arifah received another surprise – she got to spend the rest of the day interacting with real ponies! She and her family participated in a guided tour of the stable, a pony grooming session, and exclusive pony rides. A ‘My Little Pony’ themed party was held in her honor, including exciting activities like face painting, a magic show, balloon sculpting, and a photo booth.

The Santa Run for Wishes and Annual Christmas Party happened this past November as well. Participants completed a 2KM or 5KM family-friendly fun-run along Palawan Beach accompanied by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Ji. Runners were also invited to an exclusive evening at Universal Studios Singapore. That same night, 1,400 Wish Children and their families attended the Annual Christmas party at USS.

Upcoming events include the Drew & Napier Christmas Party and TANGS Christmas Fundraiser. For more details, be sure to check out the newsletter here.