THE MyHeart Programme has assisted 447 children with chronic heart problems over the past three years, by covering the logistics and subsistence costs of needy patients undergoing treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN).
“We require about RM200,000 per year to assist patients seeking treatment at IJN,” said Yayasan MyPrihatin chairman Muhd Al-Bazli Bakar.
“The funds, which are donated by corporations and the public, are used to assist needy families whose children are undergoing treatment for various heart problems at IJN.
“For example, it requires about RM200 for a two-day stay at IJN for a check-up, but that could balloon to RM3,000 for a month-long stay that requires more intensive treatment.
Yayasan MyPrihatin works with IJN Foundation for its MyHeart Programme, which assists children and teenage heart patients under 17 years old from underprivileged families to cover the costs of surgery and treatment at IJN.
While IJN Foundation covers the cost of treatment, Yayasan MyPrihatin bears the cost for other expenses such as transportation, accomodation, food and daily allowance.
Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar was present to witness a memorandum of understanding ceremony for the third series of the MyHeart Programme at IJN’s premises in Kuala Lumpur.
Nurul Izzah, also spent time visiting and chatting with young heart patients and their families at the congenital heart ward.
Present during the signing ceremony and visit were IJN Foundation manager Ritzzawati Rosli Mohd Rosli, IJN Foundation board of trustees member Raja Datin Seri Zuraida Raja Mansur, IJN paediatric cardiology consultant Dr Marhisham Che Mood and Yayasan MyPrihatin board of trustees chairman Prof Datuk Dr Halimaton Hamdan.
Muhd Al-Bazli said Yayasan MyPrihatin is targeting to raise RM50,000 this year.
On how recipients are selected, Muhd Al-Bazli said either IJN Foundation would recommend the names or the public would refer patients to them.
“We will do a check on the families, such as their background and income, to determine if they qualify for the aid and understand what they need,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yayasan MyPrihatin also is working with headscarf brand Heliza Guzelhive to raise funds for the MyHeart Fund (Tabung MyHeart).
For every headscarf sold under Heliza Guzelhive’s “Si Manis Raya” range, RM2 would be donated to the fund.