Patient care is no longer
limited to clinical care. We
have a doctor who goes as
far as to personally fundraise
for his patients’ treatments.
Ms. Angeline Tan of The
Heart Fund column finds out
from Dr. Lim Yinghao, on
what motivated him and his
teammates to participate in
this charity event to raise
funds for needy patients.
y friends and I decided to do
something different this year.
In a t of madness, we signed
up for The Rickshaw Run which,
contrary to its name, does not involve
pulling a rickshaw or running on foot.
What it does involve, however, is
manoeuvring a dinky auto rickshaw
(tuktuk in local parlance) all the way
from Kochi, South West India, to
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in Northern
India, covering a total distance of
2,800km. This is not quite a guided
tour, if you can imagine.
The best way of expressing the
essence of The Rickshaw Run is
perhaps with this description by the
“The Rickshaw Run is easily the least
sensible thing to do in two weeks. No
set route, no back-up, no way of
knowing if you’re going to make it. The
only certainty is that you will get
lost, you will get stuck and you will
break down. It’s just you and your
mates in a wholly unsuitable vehicle,
traversing the subcontinent enduring
whatever the road throws at you.”
This promises to be a great journey of
discovery for us. We foresee thrills and
spills, a touch of adventure, and a
chance to experience beautiful India
from deep within. Beyond that, we also
hope to bring attention to some chari-
ties that are close to our heart.
In our attempt to save the world, we
will rst x our environment (climate
change is real!) with CoolEarth, which
works with indigenous people to
conserve rainforests; help patients
who are unable to afford medical care
through The Heart Fund; and bring a
little joy to the needy with The Arts for
the Community by Esplanade. All funds
donated will go to charity.
This trip is
A doctor’s fundraising challenge to help needy patients
3,000km acr o ss Ind i a
Our rickshaw design is inspired by the animation
‘My Neighbour Totoro’, which portrays Catbus, a
large grinning, twelve legged cat with a hollow
body that serves as a bus. The Catbus is seemingly
able to take its passengers to any destination they
desire, even if the passenger himself does not
know how to get there.
The rickshaw travels at a maximum speed of
40-50km/h. Some cynics claim that its top speed
is only reachable downhill as it tumbles down. It is
also apparently fond of flipping itself on its side
when made irate with moderate corners, and
occasionally stalls when the headlights are turned on.
There are many needy patients that we meet every day. Some of them even turn down good
treatment that they cannot afford despite heavy subsidies. I recall one patient who once verbalised
that he would be happy to pass on rather than pay for further treatment.
We hope to be able to
raise funds for all such patients.
Why The Heart Fund?
E HEART FUND
National University Heart Centre, Singapore