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Business leader Sherman Kwek ferrying Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Sr Florence Wong and Gracelyn Ng, granddaughter of an Assisi Hospice patient, during the hospice’s Kampong Assisi event.

A charity trishaw ride and a guess-the-number-of-Lego-bricks contest were some of the new activities held during Assisi Hospice’s recent fundraising event.

The ride saw business leader Sherman Kwek ferrying Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Sr Florence Wong and five-year-old Gracelyn Ng, a patient’s granddaughter, in a trishaw.

Guest-of-honour, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, flagged off the ride, which raised more than $76,000 from business partners and corporations even before Mr Kwek started peddling for some 500 m around the event grounds.

A “Guess the Lego Brick Challenge” was also held for people to guess the number of Lego bricks used to build a model of the new Assisi Hospice building. Participants were invited to submit entries on the spot.

Other attractions at the June 18 event, themed Kampong Assisi, included dance and music performances, carnival rides and traditional food.

Ms Choo Shiu Ling, CEO of Assisi Hospice, said she was pleasantly surprised by the good response for the event, held at SJI International School, and which attracted about 10,000 visitors.

“This event has become a mega event since its debut in 1999, with more participation from our corporate partners and the community to help us serve more than 2,000 patients yearly,” she said.

“We hope to build on this event and others with more collaborations and support from our corporate friends, donors and the community.”

Assisi Hospice was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Sisters in 1969. It provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, caring for them and their families regardless of faith, age, race and financial position.

The hospice’s website is www.assisihospice.org.sg




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