“We believe that the hospital should be involved in its community. We believe in giving back by creating awareness through various activities, campaigns and public forums.”– -Amir Firdaus, CEO.
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur has three Community Service Initiatives:
- Reach Out
Reach Out Initiative
- Gleneagles A-Heart-for-A-Heart Charity Programme
(on-going since 1996)
Every year, 10 out of 1000 babies born suffer from congenital heart disease. Some of these children who suffer from critical congenital defects require urgent financial aid because their parents have limited financial means to enable them to undergo corrective surgery.This programme started in 1996 in collaboration with The News Straits Times. It has given more than 500 babies a chance to lead healthy lives. Their corrective surgeries were performed at Gleneagles Cardiac Centre.Over the years other publications such as Berita Harian, Sin Chew and Harian Metro have come forward to help in publishing the plights of these children to encourage public donation. Budhist Tzu Chi Association, Malaysia Chinese Association and Lembaga Zakat have also been supporting us in this programme. A-Heart-for-A-Heart have encouraged corporate companies and NGOs to come forward and reach out to the ones in need.
- Gleneagles Festive Relief
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur believes in spreading and sharing the joy during festive seasons so that some of the less fortunate are not left out.
100 children from Yayasan Sunbeam Homes and Ti-Ratana Homes got their Christmas Wish came true through our ‘Adopt a Wish’ programme. Guests and staff of Gleneagles spread smiles by making these children wishes come true.
Golden Screen Cinema participated by giving free tickets for the movie “Sammy’s Adventure”.
We contributed food supplies to the students at Maahad Tahfiz Al-Quran, which lasted them for the whole month of Ramadhan.
Orphans, refugees and disabled children were treated to a Christmas party with Donne Ray of The Platters entertaining them. Their lunch was a feast specially prepared from the GKL’s in-house culinary team.
- Gleneagles Community Health
Our specialised services are not confined to our location alone.
We took it beyond our walls by providing speech therapy and audiometry screening for 50 children at Sekolah Pendidikan Khas Selangor.
We carried out free Eye Screening Test at the Orang Asli’s village in Serendah, Hulu Selangor.
- Gleneagles ~ Bridging the Gap
By reaching out, we bridge the gap.
In conjunction with Nurses’ Day, nurses of GKL visited the Sisters of the Poor old folks home in Cheras. The nurses entertained and mingled with the elderly residents there, playing bowling, chess and carom with those who can. We brought them a lunch they requested – KFC chicken. It was “something they hardly get”, they said. Everyone received hampers were after that.
Mothers of the heart patients at Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur were celebrated with high tea in the GKL’s suite in conjunction with Mother’s Day. Gleneagles Chief Executive Officer, Mr Amir Firdaus Abdullah, joined in to give these mothers a break from the months they have spent by their child’s bedside at the hospital. All mothers in the hospital were given cookies and roses that day.
In conjunction with Alzheimer’s Day, GKL staff visited Alzheimer’s Home in Taman Seputeh Kuala Lumpur. Muffins and packed lunch, specially prepared by our very own chef and his team, were given to the residents. We spent time chatting, and then singing, with the residents.
GKL nurses visited Orang Asli Community in Gombak in conjunction with Nurses’ Day, handing out hampers to the families there.
Gleneagles aims to educate the community through various education programmes.
- September 2009
GKL organised a talk on ‘Healthy Diet’ to students of Sekolah Pendidikan Khas Selangor. They were given tips on healthy eating and simple exercises to encourage and motivate them to have a healthy lifestyle.
- March 2010
In conjunction with World Health Day, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur teamed up with My Khatulistiwa for a ‘Go Green’ session at Sunbeams Home where the kids were taught on how to plant seeds.
- May 2010
The GKL team visited the Orang Asli village to teach them the correct ways of brushing their teeth. The children were happy and excited when each of them was given a toothbrush and toothpaste as they received detailed instructions.
- May 2011
The GKL Nurses visited the Orang Asli’s village in Gombak Hospital to teach hygiene to patients and their families. The talk included the importance of washing the hands before and after visiting patients.
- November 2011
Our Resident Medical Officer, Dr Aarthi gave a talk on First Aid to the students of Sekolah Sri Sedaya, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
- Organ Donation Campaign
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur organised an Organ Donation Campaign in support of the National Transplant Centre. YBhg Datin Lela of National Transplant Centre and Lee Chen Hoe an organ donation recipient came to the hospital to give a talk on organ donation. Gleneagles Hospital managed to raise 57 pledges during the three days of organ donation awareness.
- Gleneagles’ Women Support Group ‘Women to Women Well-being Tea Talk’
This support group was launched as a channel for women to reach to for emotional support, information and the sharing of experiences. To encourage the group to open up and be comfortable for discussions, the tea sessions are held in small and cosy setting, facilitated by specialists and professionals from different fields. The first session was held in June 2011 on ‘Living with Breast Cancer’ conducted by Dr Harjit Kaur, Breast & Endocrine Surgeon.
- Blood Donation Campaign
Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur has been supporting The National Blood Bank Centre to encourage the public to donate their blood. In this drive, 58 donors came forward to donate blood at the Blood Donation Event.
- Gleneagles’ Breast Cancer Fund Raising Campaign
A Pink Jazz Affair with Dato’ Sheila Majid & Donne Ray Radford was held at Hilton Kuala Lumpur. It was a two-hour fundraising dinner show organized by Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur to raise fund and enhance awareness on breast cancer.
A total sum of RM85,600 raised from this fundraising dinner went to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association of Malaysia (BCWA).
The event also featured a silent auction of six jewellery pieces by Pandora and five exclusive paintings from the “Odyssey” collection of local artist Jake Goh. Proceeds raised from the silent auction were allocated to aid former actress Azean Irdawaty, who needed treatment for cancer.