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The Charity Wish of Prudence
The Charity Wish of Prudence
"To have a computer" and "to travel to Japan" are wishes of some Wish Children. Yet, to maximise her wish, Prudence has an extraordinary idea.
In 2009, Prudence was studying in Form 5 when she participated in a Blood Donation Day with her school mates. A blood test was done as part of screening and it was a complete surprise to Prudence that her blood was found to be abnormal. Subsequently, she took a series of tests at the hospital and the results confirmed that the "worst case scenario", as described by Prudence, had happened.
Prudence was diagnosed with leukemia. In the following days and months, she had to stay in the hospital for rest and medical treatment. Thus, she was unable to prepare for the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and had to give up. Her usual cheerfulness and optimism left her momentarily as she faced the most difficult time in her life. She was often exhausted and blamed herself for being sick and a burden to those around her. However, during this time, she came to notice that she was not fighting this battle alone. She was encouraged by the support and care from her family and friends. Her parents looked after her in the hospital from dusk till dawn. Her teacher visited her after school. Classmates and other patients supported her. Prudence felt the warmth and care from these individuals and became determined and optimistic once again.
During her cancer treatment, Prudence learned from a television news report that some children who were also diagnosed with leukemia in the Mainland were forced to give up on searching for a cure due to huge medical expenses. Prudence remembered what her parents had said, "If we lived in mainland China, it would be that much more challenging with receiving treatment for your illness!" That thought inspired Prudence' selfless wish. She wanted to augment her wish and make it more powerful. She wanted to help children in the Mainland who also suffered from cancer.
Prudence proposed her idea to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong. She would like to make the best use of her wish and try to help the children in the Mainland receive medical treatment. She said, "I hope this is only the beginning. I am convinced that more people will step forward to help and support this effort".
Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong contacted various parties for Prudence's wish. Miss Niki Chow, Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong Wish Ambassador in 2010, and her record company, bma, responded promptly. A song was composed for Prudence's wish and will be released into a CD single. Income from the sale of this CD Single will be donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong for Mainland China children in need. A partner in this meaningful project, American Express will donate HK$0.5 to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong every time Cardmembers use their Cards at FastPay merchants until December 31, 2010. With the concerted effort and enthusiasm from all parties involved, Prudence's wish can come true this summer.
As the Wish Ambassador, Niki is pound to take part in the publishing of the charity CD single. She is touched when performing the song. She shared, "I am not only singing for Prudence's wish, but for all children with illness". Niki urges the public to support this meaningful wish and Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong.
"Qian", Prudence Chinese name, is pronounced the same way as the Chinese word for "charity" or "to be kind". Prudence is blissful and regards herself very fortunate to be cared for by her parents and friends. She thinks every day is a "new day earned". She insisted in sitting for the HKCEE this year though she had 2 months for preparation only.
Our best wishes for Prudence's swift recovery and success in her school matriculation.