KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 (Bernama) — Eight Malaysians will attempt to climb the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in hopes of raising RM200,000 for needy cancer patients.
Led by Datuk Dr Arunan Selvaraj, the expedition will begin on April 28 and end on either May 11 or 12.
“All proceeds will be channelled to the National Cancer Council (Makna) to ease the burden of cancer patients in paying for their treatment,” he told a news conference here today.
Calling themselves “The Rainbow”, the other members of the group are Vemanna Appannah, Subramaniam Gunasegaran, Mike Lim Boon Huat, Prakash Malaiyappan, Silvakumar Ramaiah, Charles Paneer Chelvam and Kanesh Krishnan.
According to Dr Arunan, they had vast experience in mountain climbing and had been training intensively for the past few years.
Their training locations include Mount Kinabalu, Mount Nuang, Mount Jerai, Cameron Highlands and Mount Datuk.
Further information is available at www.makna.org/cancerclimb.asp or www.simplygiving.com/cancerclimb.
A total of 17,407 cancer patients at 86 hospitals nationwide have come under Makna since 1995.
The number of patients from January to April this year stood at 1,219.