I am 18cm tall and 16cm wide. I am easy to handle and I assure you that I will be an awesome pal. Take me home with you by pre-ordering and introduce me to your circle of friends and family members.
Pally was born in a creative universe filled with imagination, wonder and a love for life. It all started one starry and moonlit night in the home of a renowned artist, who earlier that day had overheard a conversation between a young lady listening diligently to her father about life, and what was important to him as his health was failing. A sense of restlessness that evening that ironically also became the artist’s invisible muse that took him on a flight of inspiration. And as if an unseen hand had emerged from the air to guide the artist’s loving hand, Pally found its form with a few strokes of the brush. After seeing his creation take shape on the canvas and was happy with the masterpiece, the artist decided to call it a night.
That’s when the most magical of moments took place. Could it be the dust from the stars? Or the glowing radiance of the moon? Perhaps the inquisitive resident lizard who thought life can be more beautiful with a cute cuddly elephant in their midst. Whatever the secret was, Pally came to life, just as dawn was breaking.
With this newfound life, came curiosity and a passion for discovery. And out Pally went wandering into the world. It was a journey filled with awe and anxiety as everything in the universe outside was unfamiliar to Pally. But being the naturally wise creature that it was, Pally embraced every exploration with wide-eyed innocence and became even more enlightened with every discovery made. As time went on, Pally started to grow into a cheeky and creative fun-lover who is always on the look-out for ways to make life better and the world a more delightful place.
However, Pally isn’t always just about play. It has a compassionate and caring self that knows no bounds too. One of the issues that overwhelmed Pally most was the sadness and despair of people who have just discovered that they may not have long to live, and how they and their families are coping with the situation. So one morning, as Pally was resting by the lake, it noticed its reflection on the waters. And just as the sun was rising, a thought started to see the light of day in its mind too. “I can be the empathetic ear that humans need. And a good friend who can stand by them at all times. Yes! That’s my mission from now on. I’m Pally and I’m the people’s pal.”
Like how its creator found Pally in a sudden moment of ingenuity, Pally found its purpose in an instant of insight and inspiration. After an energetic stretch of its adorable physicality, Pally sprung up and embarked on an adventure of its lifetime.
Pally’s first destination was Malaysia’s iconic landmark – KLCC – where it attracted everyone’s attention. Pally also made friends with other like-minded pachyderms and seeing what a presence they would make as a team, Pally and its friends decided to line themselves up in KLCC’s most prominent location – in front of the Petronas Twin Towers to create the “Elephant in The Room” phenomena – too big to ignore. For they had learnt how important it is for families to allow their loved ones to express their feelings and what’s important to them in the face of a serious progressive illness – conversations that need to happen for there may be limited time to do so. After much success out in the public space, Pally’s compassionate side took the form of a soft cuddly toy at home and became a family friend to remind families in similar situations to open up – communicate, and seek support.
Soon, Pally started to come into its own as a symbol of hope and care in the lives of people with serious illnesses. It joined a marathon for a good cause that saw Pally running with thousands of other runners. Pally has since then been a star at all of Hospis Malaysia’s fundraisers and activities both on-ground and in the digital world.
This year, Pally is taking up yet another headlining role. To mark Hospis Malaysia’s 30th anniversary, Pally is making its appearance as a limited edition “Pally Bank”. A Hospis Malaysia merchandise that’s available for sale online and at any Hospis Malaysia’s event. All proceeds will go towards supporting its work in advancing equity access to palliative care.
This is what Pally has to say about its latest role.
You can bank on me to always be there for you.
Keep your money in me so I can help you save up or donate it back to Hospis Malaysia, when you choose to do so one day.
If you are an e-saver, let me be the reminder to you to drop a RM or a penny into your e-wallet when you can. And if you can spare a moment, “bank in” with me your life wishes on social media (#pallybank #hospismalaysia) and share your posts as a means of letting your family and friends in on your hopes and thoughts.
I am Pally Bank, your pal today, tomorrow and in the future.