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Salt & Light Feature:

Running 200km in 45 hours: Hospice president Dr Tan Poh Kiang says, it is “God’s path for me”

Salt & Light reveals and details the motivations and aspirations behind Dr Tan Poh Kiang's fundraising cause, as well as the passion and inspiration behind his support for HCA's work in palliative and hospice care.

Read more to hear Dr Tan speak about his personal journey through the years of following his calling, and using his unique talents to do good.

Article can be found here:

http://saltandlight.sg/news/running-200km-in-45-hours-hospice-president-dr-tan-poh-kiang-says-it-is-gods-path-for-me/

Straits Times Feature:

"It Changed My Life: This doctor is set to run 200km in 44 hours"

On 3 March 2019, Dr Tan Poh Kiang was featured on the Sunday Times (page B9 of the Insight Section, or article found online) - the article featured his individual experience finding his calling to serve others as well as his motivation to run an ultramarathon to support HCA and its work. 

Find out more about the race and his journey of volunteering and running for a good cause, and don't forget to check out the Straits Times video!

Video and article can be found here:

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/this-doctor-is-set-to-run-200km-in-44-hours

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Memories

When it was the Chinese New Year and the first without our loved one who had passed on, the recollection of memories was exceedingly painful. We missed our brother Sim Lie especially on those few days when the entire Cheng clan gathered. He was the live wire, the doting uncle and the reliable photographer. He was the planner of our CNY traditional midnight movie, the enthusiastic connoisseur of Bak Kwa and Coca Cola, the storyteller to add to the 气氛. Even though life went on without him, the celebration was very different without him.


How do hurting memories heal? How do we carry on living without the presence of somebody who means so much to us? What do we do with our fear that if we live normally we might forget our brother and even his face?


Life, it seems, is like a canvas on which we paint with our experiences. The painting is created by different strokes from different folks who are part of our journey. Sim Lie had added his brush strokes to our canvas. In fact, his artistry and his love had indelibly shaped our canvas such that even after he was gone, whatever happened subsequently could only enhance the beauty of his mark. We continue to add to his strokes. His legacy remains.


Hindsight is 20/20, they say. We often say we wish we knew then what we know now. Having now the advantage of the hindsight of grieving our brother's departure, I learn that I can live forward by intentionally forging great memories every day of my remaining life. I realize afresh that I forge best memories when I take nothing for granted. I am convinced that I add to the canvas meaningfully when I live each day as if it were the last. I am mindful that everything else I leave behind will expire but fond memories left behind will last for a long, long time.


Grieving takes time and time heals the memories of our loved one who is gone. By being patient and gentle with ourselves, our memories will evolve to its final form. We will eventually recall only the best memories: that is, those times that best define our relationship.





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