- Singapore Flyer, Here We Come!
- Renal Friends
- 31st May 2009
During the month of May this year, the entire KDF was buzzing with excitement because it was announced that the Renal Friends Committee was taking our patients to experience a ride on the Singapore Flyer for this year’s patient outing. Everyone was counting down to 31 May 2009, the day of the outing. The plan for that day was to have an educational seminar on “Anemia and Kidney Failure” followed by the Singapore Flyer ride.
On 31 May 2009, patients from KDF, Singapore General Hospital and the People’s Dialysis Centre headed off to Kampong Glam Community Club for the seminar conducted by Dr Roger Tan, an Associate Consultant Nephrologist from Singapore General Hospital. Dr Tan touched on the causes, complications and treatment of anemia, and also provided tips on how to treat and prevent anemia, such as through regular exercise, getting enough sleep, taking medicines as prescribed, etc. But he emphasized that it was still very important to discuss it with the patient’s doctor before making any changes to the lifestyle of the person with anemia.
As with all Renal Friends’ education seminars, a short quiz was conducted at the end of the talk to find out how much everyone remembered. Prizes were given out to patients who gave the correct answers. It was dinner time soon after the quiz ended. Following an early sumptuous dinner buffet, everyone was ushered up the coaches that would take them to the destination that they have all been waiting for.
Once all the participants arrived, photos were taken to commemorate the event before everyone finally went up the escalator towards the Singapore Flyer for the ride they had been anticipating all month.
It was an experience to be remembered as patients, family members, volunteers and staff were treated to a bird’s eye view of Singapore’s CBD and the Marina Bay night scenery. The experience was enhanced because of the fine weather and you can hear cameras clicking all the way in the capsule. The ride was over all too soon for the participants but it was a fun 30 minutes where they could see the Singapore sunset from the “top of the world”.
We would like to thank Janssen-Cilag, a division of Johnson and Johnson, and Roche Singapore who had kindly sponsored this event and the support of the Kampong Glam CCMC for providing the venue for the seminar. Last but not least, we would like to thank all volunteers who had helped to make the event successful.