St. John Ambulance Malaysia Charity Dinner
The name St. John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) is familiar to many of us. They are the leading first aid organisation in Malaysia. Established since 1908, they have been running social and humanitarian work, besides providing services to public events. At their 37th Annual Charity Dinner, Mon Space Group and I were given the honour to contribute to SJAM.
The event was held on 13 September 2014, at the Bangunan Persatuan Hokkien Klang (Hokkien Association, Klang). Many were present that night, and a lot of donations were collected. All the money will be used to fund SJAM’s voluntary services, youth events, training programmes, awareness campaigns and day-to-day operations. Charity events like this are very important for SJAM because they are a non-profit body, and all their operations have to be supported by the public’s donations.
Besides heartwarming moments where we appreciate what SJAM has done in the past, the charity dinner was also filled with lots of fun. There were performances such as singing, stand up comedy, and even a saxophone performance.
We heard many moving speeches from the people of SJAM encouraging us to help those who are in need. Awards were given out to show appreciation to volunteers and members who have worked hard to make Malaysia a better place. I enjoyed the event very much, and was inspired to do more for our community.
I want to thank SJAM for their commitment to the works of humanity. They provide relief to people in need regardless of race, class, colour or creed.
We often see them at public events, especially when there is a large crowd, helping anyone who might be experiencing discomfort or heat stroke in Malaysia’s unforgiving weather.
Many low and middle income patients also depend on them for haemodialysis service. Most impressively, most members are volunteers and do not receive any monetary compensation for their work.
I believe we need more organisations like SJAM in Malaysia, and existing bodies should also be encouraged to expand their operations. With more funding, more middle and lower income people would be able to enjoy affordable or even free health services. More children and youth will be educated about health, and even more can be trained to provide first aid assistance.
The slogan of the charity dinner was “our commitment, their hope”. Indeed, our commitment to charity is the only hope for many people. May we keep giving, and keep loving.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
马来西亚圣约翰救护机构（St. John Ambulance of Malaysia，SJAM），是圣约翰国际救护机构设于马来西亚的跨国支部，始于1908年，是一个法定、非营利性的非政府救护组织。
马来西亚圣约翰救护机构的工作涵盖血液透析服务（Haemodialysis Service）、救护车服务（Ambulance Service）、随时急救待命（First Aid Standby）、急救服务（First Aid Service）、社会服务（Community Service）、南北大道救护车服务（Highway Emergency Ambulance Service）。