Press Release

Apr 26, 2019

“PROJECT BIG HEART” Delivering FREE Quality Specialised Health Checks To The Underserved in Jurong

JURONG CENTRAL GRASSROOTS ORGANISATIONS (GROs) PARTNER WITH FULLERTON HEALTHCARE CORPORATION LIMITED ("FULLERTON HEALTH") & LOVING HEART MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE TO JOINTLY PROVIDE SPECIALISED HEALTH CHECKS TO THE DOORSTEP OF JURONG RESIDENTS WITH PROJECT BIG HEART.

The 2019 “Project Big Heart Health Carnival” will be held on Sunday, 28 April for the residents of Jurong GRC, Yuhua and Bukit Batok. The event will be graced by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnum, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies and Grassroots Adviser to Taman Jurong GROs, Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Grassroots Adviser to Jurong Spring GRO, and hosted by Mr Ang Wei Neng, Adviser to Jurong Central GROs. National athletes and para-athletes will volunteer their time, along with the doctors, nurses and medical staff from Fullerton Health, to help the Jurong residents in support of this worthy cause.

For the first time, this year’s Project Big Heart also invites the Merdeka Generation[1] to receive the free health check. In the past, only residents with Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) card and Pioneer Generation (PG) qualify for Project Big Heart. Besides receiving free medical consultations and medication pertaining to chronic diseases[2], qualified residents can benefit from a variety of specialised care services such as:

Heart Screening – recommended for chest pain, breathlessness, and heart-related issues

Orthopaedic Screening – recommended for arthritis, joint pains, neck, and lower back pain

Vein Screening – recommended for veins issue on the hands and legs

Osteoporosis Screening – Bone mineral density test

Evolving over the years, Project Big Heart has expanded to help understand and meet the diverse and complex healthcare needs of our residents. The organizing committee aims to continuously impact the lives of more people across Jurong and more.

Mr Ang Wei Neng, Adviser to Jurong GRC GROs said: “Project Big Heart 2019 has expanded both in scope and depth. We have, for the first time, invited Merdeka Generation to take part. The number of specialised medical screening has also increased, with physiotherapists on-site to assist residents with joint/bone pain problems which are quite common among those in their 60s and beyond. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses, therapists and lay volunteers for making Project Big Heart more inclusive, comprehensive and attractive this year."    

Mr David Sin, Co-Founder, Deputy Chairman and Group President of Fullerton Health and Chairman of Fullerton Health Foundation said: “Fullerton Health supports universal care systems across the Asia Pacific region by providing affordable and accessible care through our healthcare facilities, and by raising public awareness of government subsidies and coverage.”

“In Singapore, all our retail clinics are CHAS-accredited, enabling Singapore citizens from financially challenged families to receive subsidies for care when they seek treatment with us. In addition, we have been working in close partnership with Jurong GRC since 2015 to help address the healthcare needs of its residents through Project Big Heart. We are pleased that this marks our tenth event,” continued Mr Sin.    

Project Big Heart has expanded steadily over the years. Since inception, more than 1,900 patients have been treated and over $250,000 worth of medication have been dispensed. We are proud of this achievement but believe there is more work to do,” concluded Mr Sin. 

Media are invited to attend the Project Big Heart Health Carnival on Sunday, 28 April 2019, 8.30am at Block 312/316 Jurong East Street 32 Community Plaza. 

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For all queries, please see contact details below. Interviews with residents can be arranged upon request.

Contact persons:        

Ms Amy Lee Pei Fen

Constituency Director

Contact: 9772 3019 / Lee_Pei_Fen@pa.gov.sg

                                                                                                      

 Mr Tan Khai Boon

Deputy Constituency Director

Contact: 8282 0926 /Tan_Khai_Boon@pa.gov.sg

 

Jasmeet (Jasmine) Kaur

Group Head Communications & Relations

Fullerton Heath

Contact: 9179 8455 / jasmeet.kaur@fullertonhealth.com

         

Issued by:        

Jurong Central Constituency Office

6 Jurong West Avenue 1

Singapore 649520

Tel: (65) 6569 3806

Fax: (65) 6569 7173                                                                                               

About People’s Association

The People’s Association (PA) is a statutory board established on 1 July 1960 to promote racial harmony and social cohesion, and to act as a bridge between the Government and the people.  PA offer a wide range of community programmes and volunteering opportunities for Singaporeans from all walks of life. Our network includes more than 1,800 grassroots organisations (GROs), over 100 Community Clubs, five Community Development Councils, National Community Leadership Institute and Water-Venture.  More information available at www.pa.gov.sg.

About Fullerton Health

Fullerton Health is a leading integrated health system in the Asia Pacific region. Founded in Singapore in 2011, today the Company serves clients through over 500 healthcare facilities and a large global network of healthcare providers across eight markets in Asia Pacific. Fullerton Health’s value proposition is the integration of healthcare service offerings with customized management and advisory capabilities, in line with its purpose to deliver affordable and accessible care for all in Asia Pacific. For more information on Fullerton Health, please visit http://www.fullertonhealth.com/.  

About Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre (Jurong)

Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre (Jurong Central) was officially opened on 4 December 2004 by Mr Lim Boon Heng, former Minister, Prime Minister’s Office (2001-2011), former Member of Parliament for Jurong Group Representation Constituency (GRC).  It is a one-stop social service centre situated at Block 316 Jurong East Street 32 #01-279.  The centre takes on social and welfare projects within Jurong GRC and synergies with other VWOs in Jurong to enhance our collective service to the community.  The organisation was renamed as Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre (Jurong) in 2012 to reflect its objective of serving the residents in Jurong.

 

[1] For the purpose of Project Big Heart, Merdeka Generation refers to Singaporeans born between 1950 and 1959.

[2] Chronic diseases refer to hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.