Jose Reyes Visit
June:Representatives from HMR Group of Companies, the Lighthouse Club and Springboard Foundation visited the Dr. Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital in Manila on June 10th, 2005. HMR had kindly donated their services and supplies to ensure the provision for a bathroom as part of the new pedia cancer ward at the hospital. Thank you!
September: The Foreign Armed Forces Attaché Wives, Melanie of Give A Life Foundation and Springboard Foundation visited the Dr. Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila on September 8th, 2005. They donated 30, 000 Pesos. Thank you!
Springboard received this letter from Valerie Bailey, one of the member of The Foreign Armed Forces Attaché Wives.
Today our group of six Foreign Armed Forces Attache Wives visited the Ospital ng Maynila. We were kindly hosted by Annie, Gina and Melanie, from Give a Life Foundation. They showed us around the Pediatric wards, including the Respiratory ward, the Admissions area and the Cancer Unit. We saw places which have been renovated and re-equipped and those yet needing repairs and repainting. The contrast between the two showed a remarkable difference.
The work which has been already done by Springboard is fantastic and inspiring. We saw rooms overflowing with babies, children and their parents, sharing beds and cots, and rooms all ready for patients, yet still empty, needing the funding for staff and medicines. We were all moved to tears by both the conditions we saw, and by the wonderful people who either work or are treated there. We were all overwhelmed by the amount of compassion, care and financial support that is needed. I am a nurse in UK myself, and have never had to be asked for money for medicines before, by a parent lying next to her sick child in hospital.
We hope we can continue to help by our fundraising in the future. One of our group, Sue, has painted some beautiful water colours of local churches in Manila which we hope to print as Greetings cards to sell to our friends and colleagues. We wish you all at Springboard great success with all your work, and thank you for showing us around.