Pink Park convalescence and hospice home for the poorest patients in Thailand.
A vital continuation of the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer’s (QSCBC) work, is the new convalescence and hospice home for the poorest patients – Pink Park, which is being built in Minburi and will be completed this year. The work of the QSCBC in the slums of Bangkok for over 20 years, caring for the most under-privileged patients and the daily caseload of the centre, showed an urgent need for a facility which could offer a safe, clean place for patients to recover after treatment. The centre’s long experience has highlighted the problem that patients could not be discharged home because the conditions for so many individuals are dire in their slum communities. Patients are forced to recuperate for long periods, in acute hospital beds at the QSCBC; beds which are so desperately needed by new surgical patients.
Other patients cannot be released from hospital when sadly they have come to the end of their lives because they would be left to die in unsanitary conditions, often in great pain.
Pink Park will serve as a convalescence and hospice covering the needs of patients nationally and offering a refuge and sanctuary for those without financial means. The QSCBC has set up a special foundation, the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation (QSCBCF), to continue to raise funds for the Pink Park convalescence and hospice for cancer patients. The facility will also be a teaching centre for palliative care that will adopt the highest standards possible.
A designated office space has been generously offered by the GP Group, with particular loyal support of the Shah family. The leading developers Sansiri have organised the project management of Pink Park and generously carried out the work on a pro-bono basis. Plan P Landscape an internationally award winning landscape design company has also donated their services. Pink Park will be built in two phases comprising of low-level buildings to eventually care for 80 patients. Accommodation for staff, an activity and skills centre for patients, a teaching centre for nursing and medical staff and counselling rooms are all part of the project, which is planned to be opened this year.
Fifty acres of donated land has been landscaped to prevent flooding and responsibly resourced trees began to be planted two years ago. It is hoped to make the project self-sufficient, as far as possible, by growing organic produce. In May 2017, friends of the QSCBC, led by Manjit Walia, organised a very successful fundraising event which raised over 600,000B to buy saplings for the project. The QSCBCF is encouraging the public to donate funds for responsibly sourced trees which can be planted at Pink Park as birthday, anniversary or wedding gifts or in memory of loved ones; each donor of a tree will be listed on a plaque.
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May 20th 2017 ‘Pink Park’ Fundraising Event
A successful event organised by Manjit Walia and her ‘Pink Park friends’ to raise funds for responsibly sourced trees to be planted on the donated land for ‘The Pink Park, hospice and convalescence home for underprivileged breast cancer patients’. The project was initiated by Dr Kris Chatamra and Khunying Finola and will be open to patients all over Thailand.
On 24 May 2017, H.E. Dato Nazirah binto Hussain the Ambassador of Malaysia, was invited by Dr Kris and Khunying Finola Chatamra, to see the progress of the Pink Park project and also to meet the local Muslim community who are close neighbours of the project. It is hoped that the project will be a support to the local economy by providing jobs.
H.E. Dato Nazirah binti Hussain, the Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand, with Supanaree Sumonmart the QSCBCF manager and team, visiting the ‘Pink Park’ in Minburi and meeting the local Muslim community.
I was very impressed by the Pink Park hospice and convalescence home for breast cancer, particularly as it will help the most under-privileged. I was touched by the compassion that this project will show to the poorest patients and the care of the QSCBCF team. I was also delighted to discuss the project with the local community.
H.E. Dato Nazirah binti Hussain, the Ambassador for Malaysia
Completed patient rooms at ‘Pink Park’, QSCBC Foundation, convalescence and hospice home for the underprivileged.
Trees previously responsibly sourced and planted at the QSCBC Foundation,‘Pink Park’ hospice and convalescence home for underprivileged breast cancer patients.
From left to right: Clare Poon, Asri Bandat, Mukda Sorensen,
Ruth Keijdener, Dr Kris Chatamra, Manjit Walia, Winda Braun, Susan Lim, Raymonde Lemieux and Susan Chan
‘Pink Park Friends’ raising funds for the QSCBC ‘Pink Park hospice and convalescence home’ May 20 2017.
Showing the construction progress to date, of the first phase of the QSCBC Foundation’s ‘Pink Park’ convalescence and hospice home which will open later this year. A low level complex with patient rooms as well as an activity centre and counselling rooms. Responsibly sourced trees grown from saplings continue to be planted.