From kidney receiver to NKF volunteer
The New Paper
By Chai Hung Yin
Photo above: Miss June Yew, a former kidney dialysis patient turned volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation.
While doing housework one day, she got a phone call that changed her life.
She was given only five minutes to decide whether to accept a kidney from a brain-dead donor.
Former kidney dialysis patient June Yew, 55, grabbed the opportunity.
Since then, the retired statistical assistant has been able to have a life free from dialysis.
Miss Yew has now become a volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and helps out in its Grains of Hope programme.
She distributes food items - 5kg of rice, 3kg of beehoon, 2 litres of cooking oil and a S$60 supermarket voucher - to needy kidney patients once every two months under the programme.
She will also be helping out at the NKF's first ever fund-raising carnival at Marina Barrage this Sunday.
She said: "I'm happy that I can help now that I've retired. At least I'm doing something, even though it is just a small contribution."
Fifteen years have passed since the life-changing call on May 11, 1997 - a day that remains etched in Miss Yew's memory.
It was Mother's Day.