Mr Tay Eng Kng, 51, vice president of a local company, has been on NKF’s monthly donation scheme LifeDrops since 1995. He started off with $5 each month and has increased it 13 times over the past 22 years. He is now contributing $300 monthly to provide a lifeline to needy kidney patients.
“As the years go by, I have learnt that for one to be happy, one needs to give. I told myself the more I earn, the more I will give.”
– Mr Tay Eng Kng
“I was a medic during my national service days and I saw many chronic patients while attached to the then Toa Payoh Hospital, witnessing their plight first-hand. After my national service, I entered university. Being the second eldest in a family of five siblings, I wanted to reduce my parents’ financial burden, so I applied to Ngee Ann Kongsi and managed to obtain a full scholarship. I was touched that the scholarship was bond-free with no obligations.
For these reasons, after entering the workforce in 1994, I made the decision to give back to society. Hence, I decided to join the LifeDrops programme to give kidney patients my support as kidney failure is a disease that requires a life-time of dialysis. Kidney patients should stay positive and hopeful because there are people in society that are silently supporting them. I also believe that NKF is taking the right direction by also educating people on preventing kidney diseases to avoid getting kidney failure and the burdens that come with it.
When I retire, I may also help in other ways like doing voluntary work. To me, the basic principle does not change in whatever form you are helping – you will be happy if you are a giving person.”