By Jill Aizpuru, Human Resources Executive, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd – ROHQ
As part of Thome’s Annual Holiday event, Thome Group, wanted to give something back. 2019 has been a spectacular year for us and Thome ROHQ always likes to share the outpouring blessings.
The Kythe Foundation is a non-profit, non-stock, organization aimed towards improving the quality of life among hospitalized children with cancer and chronic illness.
The Kythe Foundation has been supporting several hospitals in the Philippines and we chose the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, a government-owned national center for specialized health care under the Department of Health.
With the help of 18 lovely volunteers from the ROHQ, we were able to pack 100 drawstring bags containing 2 fresh fruits and a “quillow” (quilt with a reversible pocket strategically sewn on the quilt so it can be folded up to fit inside the pocket, making a pillow) for the children to enjoy.
In November 14, 2019, we distributed gifts and treat the Children and their guardians a hearty lunch. This may not be a lot, but it brought smiles on their faces faces of the children which made it all worthwhile.
This has been one of the most eye-opening events we have done,. It makes us realize how strong the children are, fighting one of the most difficult battles a person can ever experience – cancer. Despite their poor health, it is heart-warming to see how they still positively view the world.
And the gift-giving didn’t stop there as our dear ROHQ employees willingly donated a portion of their salary to fund and support some basic medical supplies of the patients A gift, no matter the size or form, goes a long way and makes a difference. Even the smallest of contribution can touch those who need it the most.