Makna honours its volunteers

Publication: The Star Online
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THE National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) recognised its volunteers’ hard work and dedication recently with an awards ceremony titled “Volunteers – The Colours of Life”.

Shaharuddin Shawal, 60, was honoured with a Volunteer Leader Award while Shaznoor Shafilaz Shaharuddin, 29, Lebar Nopiah, 59, Ahmad Md Amin, 66, Lim Sow Eng, 51, Masliza Dugal, 55, Noor Aini Omar, 59, Zainurisham Samuri, 39, Heah Chew Teah, 51, and Zamzilla Omar, 49, were given the Potential Volunteer Leader awards.

Time management, communication, commitment, responsibility and attitude are among the qualities needed in volunteerism.

The Volunteer Leader Award winner was presented with a Brown Vest, which acknowledged that the volunteer had demonstrated leadership in planning, organising and executing Makna’s work with minimum supervision.

The volunteer must have initiated cancer awareness and outreach programmes while mobilising the resources efficiently and fulfil a minimum of 120 volunteer service hours.

The Potential Volunteer Leader award was presented with the Blue Vest, which signified their readiness to lead and take on leadership challenges in the years to come.

The recipients need to be consistent in their community works and fulfil a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service. They are responsible in building new teams and a network of volunteers under the leader’s supervision.

Siti Zubaidah Zakaria, 21, and Shaznoor Shafilaz received the Promising Youth Award, which recognised their dedication in inspiring youths in doing community works.

Siti Zubaidah is currently a student with Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Perak.

Special Recognition Certificates were also given out to selected volunteers for providing emotional support to cancer patients and their families in coping with the disease.

Makna founder and president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said,

“Volunteers have been good, kind and loving in every way. I thank them for their guidance, care and love they have shown to those in need. The challenges that come with their work doesn’t seem to bother these volunteers, they are truly selfless.”

Makna general manager Farahida Mohd Farid added, “This year marks 21 years of Makna in operation and this wouldn’t be possible without the help of the general public, the corporations and government bodies.

“The volunteers have been amazing, they are walking ambassadors of Makna. It takes a big heart to help others and there is no way we can repay these big hearts other than by recognising them and saying ‘thank you’.”