Organised by Hasmah Ibrahim, who is receiving palliative care, and her husband Saharuddin Jaafar, the couple kicked off the event by riding a tandem bicycle leading a group of palliative care advocates who were determined to spread awareness across the nation on the benefits of receiving palliative care.
Hasmah, despite having a life-limiting illness, was in high spirits and determined to cycle at least the first few kilometres with her husband in light of the support and care she has received from the palliative care team at Hospis Malaysia.
Three years ago, before being diagnosed with lymphoma, Hasmah managed an interstate contractual cleaning business, all the while assisting her husband to organise various cycling events. Hasmah and her family have been receiving palliative care for almost two years with Hospis Malaysia’s multidisciplinary palliative care team.
“We are truly delighted with the number of participants who have turned up today to support the cause of palliative care,” said a beaming Hasmah.
“My wife is a pillar of strength and determination. Look at her today, determined to cycle although she is not feeling too well,” added Saharudin.
Hasmah said: “The aim of organising this event was to not only raise awareness for palliative care but also to raise funds for Hospis Malaysia, who will then channel the funds to help those in need. I believe by the number of people here today, we have achieved a little of both. We hope more will come forward to show their support in the future.”
There were a number of people from the corporate sector and media showing their support at the event. Lite FM’s Steve from the Morning Breakfast show was also present to MC and participate in the cycling event. Also on the programme for the day was a lucky draw session with attractive prizes which included bicycle accessories, hampers and a Grand Prize, a Shimano RX100 mountain bike worth about RM3,000.
Participation fee of RM30 per person was charged for ‘Ride for Palliative Care’ with all proceeds going directly to Hospis Malaysia. There were also some children present at the event who rode for free. The main sponsor for the event was Yayasan Sime Darby.