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Dover Park Hospice Goes Virtual In The Time Of Covid

And it sure was a sweet night with more than $1 million raised for patients under its care.

Dover Park Hospice Goes Virtual In The Time Of Covid
Emcee Denise Tan during her opening number at the Dover Park Hospice fundraiser — Sweet Summer Nights

In a time of Covid-19, virtual fundraisers can make a resounding impact. This was certainly the case when close to 250 guests attended this month’s Dover Park Hospice Virtual Sunflower Charity Dinner — the first time in 27 years that the hospice’s gala fundraiser has had to go online.

A showcase of heart-warming generosity, it raised over $1 million — exceeding an initial target of $800,000 — that will go towards providing holistic palliative care for patients and their caregivers.

Themed Sweet Summer Nights, the Friday evening get-together was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Dover Park Hospice patron Dr Tony Tan. From the comforts of their own homes, guests were transported to a tropical island with live-streamed performances by Dim Sum Dolly and radio deejay Denise Tan, and a serenade of ABBA hits by Dover Park’s own GEMS show choir that’s made up of volunteers.

In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that great strides have been made in palliative care, but more can still be done to raise awareness.

In his welcome address, Dover Park Hospice Chairman Dr Jeremy Lim said: “During Covid-19, providing safe and quality end-of-life care becomes especially vital and more difficult. Despite this, the focus of palliative care has not changed. It remains a ‘whole-person’ approach spanning medical, emotional, social and spiritual care; using creative ways to continue engaging patients with infection control and safety measures in place.”

The specially curated dinner featured tantalising, multi-course menus from Michelin-starred Odette and Alma by Juan Amador, Wild Rocket by Chef Willin Low, Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel. Guests also took part in a silent auction that showcased a bottle of Hennessy Paradis Imperial, a ceramic bowl and a trio of paintings — one of which is by Dr Chua Yang, a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist who is the daughter of cultural medallion award recipient Chua Mia Tee.

Siow Hua Ming, Lily Seet and Karen Soh watch the programme at home
Mr and Mrs Lee Chong Min
Rin Nan Yoong and June Goh dining at home

To make a donation in support of Dover Park Hospice, click here.

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