(From left) Chairman of Assisi Hospice Mr Ronny Tan, General Manager of Pan Pacific Singapore Mr Ivan Lee, Sister Barbara Pereira, FMDM, little Venus and Jai Pao from Assisi Children Centre, PM Lee Hsien Loong and Fund Raising Chairman of Assisi Hospice  Mrs Jeannie Tien. Photo by Wu Weibin.

Singapore – Assisi Hospice celebrated its 40th anniversary with a charity dinner on Sunday Nov 8 at the Pan Pacific Hotel Ballroom.

The 560 guests that attended the dinner raised a total of $950,000 with that evening’s charity auction of 10 items that brought in more than $75,000.

Guest of Honour Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his address noted and applauded the good work Assisi Hospice has done for the last 40 years assisting patients and their families, even with little publicity. PM Lee also thanked the staff and volunteers for their service to the hospice, and encouraged those present to contribute to the evening’s fundraising.

He pointed out that hospices can help provide care, comfort and compassion, help patients and their families find closure and allow patients the chance to die with dignity.  He also called for more public education and more discussion about death, between patients and their families and doctors, and estimated a greater demand for palliative care.

The evening saw local celebrities such as Adrian Pang, Selena Tan, Pamela Oei, Sebastian Tan, and Hossan Leong, along with children in remission from cancer, entertain the guests.

Assisi Hospice was established by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) in 1969, and is dedicated to providing compassion, comfort and care to patients and their families to allow patients to live out their remaining days in dignity and comfort.  Written with information from Assisi Hospice.

By Darren Boon
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