I am pretty sure that the majority of us are familiar with The National Kidney Foundation Singapore (NKF). Most Millennials would remember receiving an envelope back in Primary School, with the NKF logo stamped on the front. We would have to go back home and ask our neighbours, family members and relatives, to help donate for their cause. NKF would then utilise the funds collected by providing dialysis and medical subsidies to needy patients, upgrading their equipment, providing education and prevention to name a few.
Within the Muslim community, there is an organisation whose primary goal is to provide aid to their beneficiaries, who are kidney patients. That organisation is none other than the Muslim Kidney Association Action (MKAC). MKAC realises that kidney patients endure pain, suffering and difficulties in their regular lives. Hence, embracing their philosophy that, the highest service we can perform for others is to help them to stand on their own.
I sat together with one of MKAC's frequent volunteers, Shamira Natasha and asked her a few questions about her experience.
How long have you been volunteering for Muslim Kidney Action Association (MKAC)?
S: Since earlier this year. I started volunteering for MKAC at the beginning of this year (2019).
What are the several programmes that you have volunteered for?
S: I have brought them out for museum visits and dinners to various places. They also have in-house programmes that I assisted in such as, tahlil and dance classes by Som Said. I have also helped the staff packed hampers for the beneficiaries.
How has volunteering with MKAC helped you?
S: It gives me a sense of joy and satisfaction when I see the difference I make and the smiles on their faces. Apart from that, it also makes me feel more positive towards life as people who have a terminal illness are most positive and have the drive to live. Also, they make me reevaluate life and be thankful for the little blessings God has granted me.
How are families like when you meet them?
S: So far, the families that I have talked to are mainly thankful towards MKAC, on how MKAC helped change their lives. I feel that MKAC helps them reintegrate back into their daily lives. MKAC helps them cultivate interests and hobbies. And also, give them a sense of hope and that they can do something.
So, I understand that MKAC does not only assist the beneficiary alone. Rather, MKAC helps the beneficiary's family as well?
S: Yes, they assist by giving the whole family monthly groceries. And every month, MKAC gives them a monthly allowance for their use.
How well do the beneficiary's children integrate with MKAC?
S: As a volunteer, I think that MKAC treats their beneficiaries and the beneficiaries as a whole. They are very welcoming of the family members, not only just the beneficiary. So, in fact, not only for in-house events, the beneficiaries' family members do join for dinners and museum visits.
In fact, MKAC is now calling out for volunteers to assist them on their upcoming fundraising drive, MKAC’s Islandwide Mosque Tin Collection.
This fundraising effort is in hopes to inspire and encourage the community to continue to provide the best care for the chronically ill members of our community.
The proceeds from the efforts will be channelled to MKAC to provide services to the patients and their families and help aid their daily lives.
So, if you'd like to help out and contribute to a wholesome community, click on this link to register!
On behalf of the families of MKAC, thank you for taking the time to help out on this charitable event!
May Allah s.w.t bless your efforts, insya-Allah.
Nur Fathin (@nrfathyn)
MYF Intern (@myfsg)