Grow Moustache For Prostate And Testicular Cancer Awareness

Source:Malaysia Digest

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KUALA LUMPUR: Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.
MAKNA founder and president, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in 5,000.
For the past five years, MAKNA has assisted in over 250 cases of prostate and testicular cancer and the youngest testicular cancer patient they had assisted was just one year old.
- Bernama

Grow moustache for prostate and testicular cancer awareness – MAKNA

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KUALA LUMPUR: Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

MAKNA founder and president, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, today.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in 5,000.

Grow a moustache to increase cancer awareness

Source:Berita Online

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The National Cancer Council comes up with an innovative way to increase prostate and testicular cancer

KUALA LUMPUR: Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

MAKNA founder and president, Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, today.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in 5,000.

For the past five years, MAKNA has assisted in over 250 cases of prostate and testicular cancer and the youngest testicular cancer patient they had assisted was just one year old.

- Bernama

Simpan Misai Untuk Kempen Kesedaran Kanser Prostat

Source:Bernama Online and Sinar Harian

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KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Ogos (Bernama) — Bersedia untuk menyimpan misai dan janggut bagi menyokong kempen tiga bulan ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) bersama kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow untuk meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap kanser prostat.

Menerusi kempen itu, lelaki digalakkan menyimpan misai atau janggut dari Sept hingga Nov, sebelum dicukur pada penghujung kempen sebagai simbolik kepada pesakit kanser yang kehilangan rambut mereka ketika menjalani rawatan.

Pengasas dan Presiden MAKNA, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin berkata, kempen mengumpulkan dana itu juga bagi menggalakkan orang ramai berbincang secara terbuka mengenai kanser prostat yang jarang didedahkan berbanding kanser yang lain.

“Ia seperti kempen yang mudah tapi kami berharap mesejnya sampai kepada kaum lelaki mengenai pentingnya pemeriksaan kesihatan berkala serta usaha awal mengesan penyakit ini,” katanya.

Kempen ini dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat, dengan menyimpan misai pada November.

Seorang pesakit kanser, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, berkata pembabitan orang awam dalam kempen ini sangat dihargai kerana penderita kanser sememangnya memerlukan sokongan moral dan kewangan.

“Ketika saya menjalani rawatan dulu, saya kehilangan rambut dan menjadi botak, jadi saya tahu bagaimana perasaan tanpa rambut,” katanya.

Seorang lagi bekas pesakit kanser, May Lui, 41, berkata inisiatif itu harus diadakan secara tahunan bagi mengalakkan masyarakat lebih memahami penyakit tersebut sambil mewujudkan kesedaran mengenai kanser prostat.

Kanser prostat adalah penyakit keempat daripada 10 kanser yang sering berlaku di kalangan lelaki Malaysia.

–BERNAMA

Grow Moustache For Prostate And Testicular Cancer Awareness

Source:Bernama Online

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KUALA LUMPUR , Aug 18 (Bernama) — Get ready to grow a moustache or beard to support ‘Movember- The Ultimate Shave Off’ three-month campaign organised by the National Cancer Council (MAKNA) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group to increase awareness on prostate and testicular cancer.

The campaign premise is to have men grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an “Ultimate Shave off” towards the end of the campaign because growing them is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

MAKNA founder and president, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said the fund-raising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other cancers.

“The tone of the campaign may be light but we hope men out there will get the message on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in preventing prostate and testicular cancer in particular, ” he said.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has come to be synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Besides, to keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organiser has planned a video contest, selfie challenge and a grand finale at the Great Eastern Mall Jalan Ampang for the closing of the campaign.

Lymphoma cancer survivor, Harikrishnan Maniam, 26, said public involvement in this kind of campaign is highly appreciated since the cancer sufferer really needs moral and financial support.

“When I was undergoing my treatment, I lost much hair and went bald, so I know how it feels to have that look (hairless) … so I really appreciate this kind of creative campaign to deliver an important message like this,” he told Bernama after the campaign and music video launch here, Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41 said this initiative should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases at the same time create awareness about prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer ranks number four in the 10 most frequent cancers for males in Malaysia while the risk of dying from testicular cancer is about 1 in
5,000.

For the past five years, MAKNA has assisted in over 250 cases of prostate and testicular cancer and the youngest testicular cancer patient they had assisted was just one year old.

–BERNAMA

MAKNA Cancer Research Award 2014

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The MAKNA Cancer Research Award for young scientists by the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (MAKNA) continued into its fourteenth year with four awards for 2014. From a pool of 27 applicants, four successful recipients were chosen, with two of them from UTAR.

In the presentation ceremony, one of the recipients, Norlaily Mohd Ali, a doctoral student from the UTAR Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, was awarded the grant for the research proposal titled “Analysis of exosomalmi RNAs expression of bone-marrow mesenchymal stem cells and their influence on osteosarcoma-derived population”. The research project is currently under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr. Alan Ong, Emeritus Professor Dr. Cheong Soon Keng and a collaborator, Dr. Yeap Swee Keong, from Institute Bioscience Malaysia (IBS), Universiti Putra Malaysia.

The award ceremony was held at the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia, at Menara Matrade Kuala Lumpur, on 15 June 2015 with the presence of MAKNA Founder and President, Dato’ Farid Ariffin. The ceremony is an annual event to support young Malaysian scientists and offers encouragement in their efforts to combat cancer through local research. This year MAKNA stepped forward by introducing the recipients to the general public through a press conference.

The other UTAR recipient who was unable to attend the ceremony is Dr Kong Sin Guan whose research proposal was titled “Systematic seeking minimal side-effects of repurposed drug compound for breast cancer.”

Working hard for a meaningful cause

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Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin founded the National Cancer Council (Makna) in 1994. Seeing his son battle leukaemia made him realise poor patients would have no chance of surviving the disease if they could not afford the treatments.
Below is Farid’s story in his own words:

“When cancer strikes a person it doesn’t strike just that person, it strikes the whole family. When it infected us, we had to travel as far as England. At that time, the treatment was not yet available in Malaysia. So, it was very expensive.
“Doctors said there was no other way to cure my son because it was in his marrow. The only medicine that could cure my son was within him. His mother and I could not help him because our marrow was not compatible. All I could do was cry.

From then on, I realised, we as human beings are blessed with so many gifts that even we could become part of a cure in a disease. That changed my life.
“I became a high-class beggar. I learned more about cancer, how to raise money and find new ways of treating cancer. Today, we’ve raised millions reaching as far as Vietnam to ensure cancer patients who could not get the treatments are getting better. At the same time, we are exploring new medications and approaches for cancer.
“I am not young anymore but this work has continued to encourage me because I know there are still many poor cancer patients. The support has been very good. We have been lucky. But we can be more lucky if more people can come to not only support the cure for cancer but to make it history.

“We encourage the public to help us raise money to do research, which is expensive because it takes so long and requires the intelligence of many. I hope the work now will pave the way for less expensive methods to treat cancer. I hope to live long enough to see this come true.
“But I am also worried about today’s lifestyle. Our eating habits. Work stress. The way we get angry at the slightest provocation My advice, ‘Take care of your body because its your own life’.
“Young people should be masters of their own destiny. They must not forget that they have the power to change things.

“I believe we learn from experience. I was born into a poor family. I broke the poverty line and became what I am today. God is so great. He will give you the gift of your own gift if you work hard enough. Once you are able to stand on your own feet, you should help others who are in need”. – By GRACE CHEN

Cash boost for cancer researchers

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The National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) has awarded RM30,000 each to three scientists under its Cancer Research Award.
Dr Lim Yat Yuen, 30, from Universiti Malaya will use the award to continue his research on triple negative breast cancer.
It is the most aggressive of all cancer subtypes and the chances of survival are slim due to its rapid spread.
Dr Lim’s study will focus on cells at the edge of a tumour. He believes these cells are programmed differently compared to the ones located in the tumour centre. This may explain why they can invade healthy tissue and cause the cancer to spread.

“Hopefully, we may be able to find previously unreported genetic codes within these cells.
“Once we have an understanding of how they can gain such invasive properties, we will use the information for diagnosis and treatment,” he said.

Norlaily Mohd Ali, 29, a PhD student from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) is the second recipient. Her award is for studies on the role played by adult stem cells in bone cancer. In a healthy state, the function of adult stem cells is to repair damaged cells in other parts of the body. But in cancer patients, these very same ‘healing’ cells turn against the body by secreting deadly agents that help the disease to progress.
The funds from this grant will go towards isolating genetic codes found in rogue as well as healer cells.
Norlaily hopes understanding the triggers that command these cells to either heal or destroy will pave the way for future scientists to stop the further advancement of bone cancer.
The third recipient is Kalaivani Muniandy, 27, a postgraduate student from Institute of Research in Molecular Medicine. The award is in recognition of her work in growing a live tumour in her lab.
This model mimics the actual growth of a cancerous tumour within a human cervix.

Kalaivani’s work will allow scientists to observe the invasion pattern of the human papillomavirus in cervical cells without cutting someone open. It will also take much of the guesswork out of the diagnosing process.
Using a cell assembly system, Kalaivani said the grant will enable her to study the devastation caused by the virus. She also plans to test her model on different combinations of HPV strains.
The advantage of a live 3D model lies in the high level of oxygenated cells found in the tumour’s core. Oxygenated cells allow for easier checking when it comes to testing drug efficiency.
Kalaivani obtained her cell lines from American Type Culture Collection. She has infected them with HPV 16 and 18, both high-risk strains linked to the development of cervical cancer.
Dr Kong Sin Guan, an assistant professor from Utar, also received RM20,000 for his work on reducing the side effects in breast cancer treatment.

The recipients were selected from a pool of 27 applicants by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
The selection panel was headed by Universiti Putra Malaysia Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science Faculty dean Prof Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Mohd Yussoff.
Since 2001, Makna has allocated RM1.3mil for cancer research and 42 researchers have benefited from the fund.

AirAsia to sell T-shirts to raise fund for cancer patients

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KUCHING: Kuching folk can grab #AirAsiaMAKNA special edition T-shirts at AirAsia Travel Fair in Kuching today and tomorrow from 10am to 10pm at CityOne MegaMall.

This corporate social responsibility programme launched by AirAsia aims to raise fund for the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (MAKNA) with their special edition T-shirts that feature the iconic AirAsia captain and cabin crew uniform and carry the MAKNA logo and tagline ‘A Meaning to Life’. The T-shirts sell for RM30 each.

Proceeds from the sale will go directly to MAKNA.

AirAsia is also running a photo contest for those who buy the T-shirts and stand a chance to win flights to selected AirAsia or AirAsia X destinations.

They just have to upload a creative photo of themselves wearing the T-shirts on Twitter or Instagram and hashtag #AirAsiaMAKNA.

Winners will be notified by AirAsia at the end of the campaign period.

For more information, visit www.airasia.com/airasiamakna.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/06/27/airasia-to-sell-t-shirts-to-raise-fund-for-cancer-patients/#ixzz3l8XoMNEN

Special edition AirAsia T-shirts to raise funds for cancer care

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The RM30 T-Shirt featuring the AirAsia captain and cabin crew uniform with the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) logo is part of AirAsia’s Corporate Social Responsibility, a statement from the airline said.
The funds raised from the campaign will go directly to Makna to provide care for cancer patients.
In conjunction with #AirAsiaMakna, AirAsia is also running a photo contest for those who have purchased the T-shirts.
Purchasers have a chance to win a pair of selected flights to AirAsia or AirAsia-X destinations by uploading the most creative photo of themselves in the T-shirts on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtage #AirAsiaMakna.
Winners will be notified by AirAsia at the end of the campaign period at the end of June. – Bernama

#AirAsiaMAKNA special edition T-shirts available exclusively at gateway@klia2 for a day!

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Grab your pilot or cabin crew designed t-shirts from 10am – 6pm only at gateway@klia2 on 11th June. All proceeds go directly to MAKNA to support and provide care for cancer patients.
SEPANG, 10 JUNE 2015 – AirAsia has launched a CSR campaign themed #AirAsiaMAKNA to raise funds for the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (MAKNA) with special edition t-shirts retailing at RM30 each; featuring the iconic AirAsia Captain and cabin crew uniform and carrying the MAKNA logo and its tagline ‘A Meaning to Life’ at the back of the t-shirts; sending a message of positivity as part of the campaign.
Due to overwhelming demand, the #AirAsiaMAKNA T-shirts will be available again at gateway@klia2 for only one day on Thursday, 11th June 2015 from 10am – 6pm at Level 2M.

AirAsia is also running a photo contest in conjunction with this campaign.
Everyone who purchased the exclusive t-shirts are eligible to win a pair of flights to selected AirAsia or AirAsia X destinations, just by uploading the most creative photo of themselves in the t-shirts on Twitter or Instagram and hashtag #AirAsiaMAKNA.
Winners will be notified by AirAsia at the end of the campaign period at the end of June.
The public can also visit www.airasia.com/airasiamakna for more information.

Travelling care bear

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Actor Ungku Ismail Aziz will be travelling around the world in a new telemovie with a catchy title, Travelling Beruang, set to air in October over TV3. But the dashing 30-year-old star of popular drama series Teman Lelaki Upahan, will be doing more than just jet-setting – it will be to spread awareness for children who are afflicted with cancer. In Travelling Beruang, which starts filming on June 21, Ungku Ismail plays a father who loses his daughter to cancer. When he meets Aishah, the child of a friend, who is afflicted with the same life-threatening disease, he decides to fulfil her wish of travelling the world. As her illness restricts her movements, she can only do so through her favourite teddy bear. This sets him off to undertake a journey on behalf of Aishah, with bear in tow to record his exploits for the little girl. When met at a press conference to launch the Travelling Beruang Campaign at Empire Hotel Subang yesterday, Ungku Ismail explained that he got an idea to do more after he started researching for his role in the upcoming telemovie.

“I was looking to get a feel of what goes through the mind of a father who is dealing with his still living child suffering from cancer,” he said. This led him to the discovery of 7-year-old leukaemia patient, Nur Hasmime Abdul Hamid, fondly known as Mime, after watching an episode of Bersamamu through the Tonton portal, that touched his heart. “I knew I had to do more to spread the awareness of cancer which afflicts a lot of children in this country,” said the Johorean actor.

Ungku Ismail first started a small initiative by sharing her story on his Instagram account and got his fans to wear medical face masks as a show of solidarity to cancer patients who have to wear them for the purpose of hygiene.

This caught the attention of TV3, which interviewed him via its Malaysia Hari Ini show last month, resulting in corporate support for the noble campaign.

“I went to visit Mime and her parents in Kelantan and I was devastated,” he said, adding that he had to hold back tears when listening to her parents talk about their experience.

First diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012, Mime, the youngest of five siblings, is now at Stage 4 of her illness. She is currently being treated at Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Krian.
Ungku Ismail added that her two other brothers have since also been diagnosed with cancer.

“After going through expensive special chemotherapy treatment, Mime is now stable but she can relapse at any time,” he said. He added: “So I’m very thankful to all who have contributed and helped in making this campaign a reality.”

Launched in conjunction with the upcoming telemovie, the Travelling Beruang Campaign is led by TV3 with AirAsia as its main sponsor and Altel as co-sponsor. Replicas of the teddy bear in the telemovie will be sold on AirAsia’s flights and the proceeds will be channelled to the Travelling Beruang Fund to help children afflicted with cancer. As part of the campaign, Ungku Ismail will be flying to seven destinations, including Perth (Australia), Lombok (Indonesia), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Chongqing (China) and Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), with a teddy bear that was a gift to Mime. The bear is expected to be a symbol of hope for Mime as well as other children who are also in the same boat as her. His inspirational travels will be chronicled through short capsule videos and pictures that will be made available on the official Travelling Beruang (www.travellingberuang.com.my) website, and aired on TV3.

“I’m doing this not as an artiste or actor but as an earnest and regular human being and I hope that the public will support this project by contributing their time and money to further spread the awareness for cancer that afflicts children,” he said.

Donations can be made out to the Maybank account Tabung Travelling Beruang MAKNA (Account number: 514075616705). Visit www.travellingberuang.com.my for more info.

(From left) Makna General Manager Farahida Mohd Farid, TV3 and TV9 Group General Manager Sherina Nordin, Ungku Ismail Aziz, AirAsia Berhad Head of Commercial Spencer Lee and Altel Communications Sdn Bhd CEO Rizwal Mohd Ain at the launch of Travelling Beruang at Empire hotel, Subang. Pix by Mohd Khairul Helmy Mohd Din.

Travelling Beruang – Dari Telefilem Ke Kempen

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Aktor popular, Ungku Ismail Aziz tidak sangka tawaran untuk membintangi telefilem ‘Travelling Beruang’ terbitan Balang Rimbun Sdn Bhd menjadi satu titik permulaan penuh bermakna buat dirinya dalam melaksanakan sebuah kempen kesedaran kepada masyarakat tentang penyakit kanser di kalangan kanak-kanak.
Sebagai permulaan, pelakon drama popular ‘Teman Lelaki Upahan’ di slot Akasia ini mengambil inisiatif dengan berkongsi informasi menerusi laman Instagram miliknya (@ungkuismailaziz) serta meminta pengikut Instagram bergambar mengenakan topeng muka seperti yang sering digunakan pesakit kanser untuk tujuan kebersihan.
Ungku Ismail teruja bila inisiatifnya diterima ramai

Ternyata inisiatif murni jejaka berusia 30 tahun ini menarik perhatian pihak stesen televisyen TV3 yang kemudiannya menemubual pelakon itu menerusi program ‘Malaysia Hari Ini’ edisi 25 Mei. Hasilnya, ia berjaya menarik keprihatinan badan korporat Air Asia Berhad dan Altel dalam sama-sama merealisasikan hasratnya ini, sekaligus mewujudkan kempen yang menggunakan tajuk yang sama, Travelling Beruang.

“Secara jujur, saya tidak tahu bagaimana idea ini boleh timbul. Namun, apa yang pasti saya lebih teruja kerana tak sangka orang akan melayan idea saya. Saya ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada TV3, Air Asia, Altel dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) atas sokongan mereka,” ujar pencetus Travelling Beruang, Ungku Ismail ketika ditemui pada Selasa.

Namun, dia sendiri mengakui tidak tahu bagaimana timbulnya idea tersebut

“Saya harap dengan kempen ini, orang akan lebih memahami apa itu kanser sejak dari awal. Kalau boleh saya juga tak nak letakkan diri saya sebagai artis dalam melakukan perkara ini. Saya mahu meletakkan diri saya sebagai manusia, sebagai seorang adik, abang atau apa saja kerana saya mahu melaksanakan perkara ini dengan bersungguh-sungguh,” katanya penuh semangat.

Bagi Pengurus Besar Kumpulan Pengurusan Jenama dan Rancangan TV3 & TV9, Sherina Nordin, ini merupakan inisiatif besar pihak mereka pada tahun 2015 dalam melaksanakan kempen berkenaan dan berharap ia dapat memberi sesuatu yang positif kepada masyarakat di luar sana.
Ungku Ismail harap kempen ini dapat membantu masyarakat lebih memahami apa itu kanser

“Kami tersentuh apabila Ungku Ismail Aziz yang pada mulanya diberikan watak dalam telefilem TV3 berjudul ‘Travelling Beruang’ membuka hatinya dalam memulakan inisiatif ini. Niat ikhlasnya membuatkan kami terpanggil untuk memainkan peranan kami sebagai sebuah syarikat media dan hasil perbincangan bersama, kami mahu membawa kempen ini kepada skala yang besar. Alhamdulillah, Air Asia dan Altel juga turut berminat menjayakan kempen ini dan kami ingin merakamkan ucapan terima kasih kepada semua yang terlibat,” ujar Sherina.

Menyentuh mengenai telefilem ‘Travelling Beruang’, Ungku Ismail memberitahu dia memegang watak utama untuk telefilem arahan Syahid Johan dan Jay ini. ‘Travelling Beruang’ mengisahkan tentang seorang novelis yang kehilangan anak akibat kanser. Sejak itu perangainya terus berubah dan tidak lagi kisah mengenai diri mahupun kehidupan, sehingga isterinya juga bertindak mahu meninggalkannya.
Di dalam telefilem ‘Travelling Beruang’, Ungku Ismail membawa watak seorang ayah yang kehilangan anaknya akibat kanser

Novelis tersebut kemudian berjumpa dengan kawannya bagi menceritakan tentang masalah yang dihadapi. Kawannya itu juga mempunyai seorang anak yang menghidap kanser di mana dia turut mempunyai cita-cita untuk mengembara. Dari situ, novelis tersebut mengambil patung beruang milik anak kawannya itu untuk merealisasikan impian kanak-kanak tersebut dan juga impian arwah anaknya.

“Telefilem ini masih belum menjalani penggambaran lagi dan sebab itulah saya mempunyai masa yang agak panjang untuk membuat rujukan. Kami akan memulakan penggambaran pada 21 Jun di mana selain shoot telefilem, kami juga akan membuat kapsul untuk kempen ini,” kongsi Ungku Ismail kepada Tonton Extra.

Elalui kempen Travelling Beruang, Ungku Ismail akan mengembara ke tujuh negara
Menerusi kempen yang akan berlangsung bermula Jun itu, Ungku Ismail akan mengembara ke tujuh buah destinasi bersama patung beruang yang pernah dihadiahkan kepada adik Nur Hasmime Abdul Hamid (Mime) yang menghidap kanser darah. Patung beruang itu dijangka akan dibawa ke lokasi seperti Perth (Australia), Lombok (Indonesia), Siam Reap (Kemboja), Chongqing (China) dan Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam).

“Kami akan pergi ke Lombok dan dua destinasi lain terlebih dahulu sebelum bercuti dua minggu untuk menyambut Aidilfitri. Kemudian kami akan sambung ke tiga lagi destinasi lain dan InsyaAllah, ia dijangka ditayangkan pada Oktober. Saya juga merancang untuk pergi ke setiap hospital bagi melawat pesakit kanser kanak-kanak di sana. Selain itu, saya akan cuba minta dengan kanak-kanak yang saya jumpa di tepi jalan untuk mereka ambil gambar dengan patung beruang ini,” tuturnya.

Di setiap destinasinya, Ungku Ismail merancang mahu melawat pesakit kanser kanak-kanak
Sementara itu, Air Asia serta rakan kerja di Tune Insurance yang menjadi penaja utama projek Travelling Beruang ini akan menjual replika patung Travelling Beruang berharga RM59.90 di dalam pesawat mereka. Hasil kutipan dana akan disalurkan ke tabung Travelling Beruang MAKNA untuk membantu kanak-kanak yang menghidapi kanser. Sumbangan juga boleh dilakukan menerusi akaun Maybank, Tabung Travelling Beruang MAKNA di 5140 7561 6705. Perjalanan penuh inspirasi ini akan dikemaskini di laman rasmi Travelling Beruang, www.travellingberuang.com.my serta kapsul ringkas menerusi TV3.

Rahsia TRAVELLING BERUANG Bawa Ungku Ismail Aziz Melancong

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Dari sebuah telemovie ke sebuah kempen besar dan bermakna… itulah permulaan kepada kempen Travelling Beruang anjuran TV3. Pelakon yang terkenal menerusi drama bersiri Akasia: Teman Lelaki Upahan, Ungku Ismail Aziz yang pada mulanya ditawarkan memegang watak seorang ayah yang ingin menunaikan seorang impian kanak-kanak kanser dalam sebuah telefilem TV3. Namun kini ianya bukan sekadar telefilem tetapi bakal mengukir siri perjalanan penuh inspirasi.

Pertemuannya dengan adik Nur Hasmime Abdul Hamid (Mime) setelah menonton salah satu episod menerusi rancangan Bersamamu di portal Tonton ternyata membuka hati pelakon itu untuk membuat sesuatu yang lebih bermakna. Lantas Kempen Travelling Beruang diwujudkan sempena telemovie tersebut bertujuan untuk memberi kesedaran kepada masyarakat mengenai kanser di kalangan kanak-kanak.

Ungku Ismail Aziz memulakan inisiatifnya secara kecil-kecilan dengan berkongsi informasi menerusi instagram (@ungkuismailaziz) serta meminta pengikut instagram bergambar mengenakan topeng muka yang sering dipakai pesakit kanser untuk tujuan kebersihan.
TV3 yang tertarik dengan inisiatif Ungku Ismail Aziz itu telah menemubual pelakon itu menerusi Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI) edisi 25 Mei yang lalu dan berjaya menarik keprihatinan badan korporat dalam merealisasikan kempen ini.

“Kami tersentuh apabila Ungku Ismail Aziz yang pada mulanya diberikan watak dalam telefilem TV3 berjudul Travelling Beruang membuka hatinya dalam memulakan inisiatif ini. Niat ikhlas Ungku membuatkan kami terpanggil untuk memainkan peranan kami sebagai sebuah syarikat media. Kami telah mengadakan perbincangan untuk membawa kempen ini kepada skala yang besar. Alhamdulillah Air Asia dan Altel turut berminat mejayakan kempen ini, kata Pengurus Besar Kumpulan Pengurusan Jenama dan Rancangan TV3 & TV9, Cik Sherina Nordin.
Menyedari niat murni kempen ini serta bersedia dengan tanggungjawab sosial korporatnya, AirAsia tampil selaku penaja utama manakala Altel sebagai penaja bersama. Kempen Travelling Beruang bertujuan memberi kesedaran mengenai kanser di kalangan kanak-kanak dan secara tidak langsung mengutip dana untuk pesakit seperti adik Mime serta ramai lagi kanak-kanak yang yang menghidapi penyakit kanser di Malaysia. Ini adalah kerana kos perubatan yang besar adalah di antara halangan buat keluarga terlibat untuk mendapatkan kos pembedahan atau perubatan buat anak-anak mereka.

Encik Spencer Lee, Ketua Komersil AirAsia berkata

“Kami di AirAsia serta rakan kerja di Tune Insurance amat berbesar hati menjadi sebahagian penaja utama projek Travelling Beruang. Adalah besar harapan kami untuk melihat kempen ini berjaya dan seterusnya membantu kanak-kanak yang menghidapi kanser. Kami juga tidak sabar untuk menerbangkan Ungku Ismail Aziz dan krew produksi ke 7 buah destinasi dalam rangkaian kami.”

“AirAsia juga akan menjual replika patung Travelling Beruang di dalam pesawat, dimana hasil kutipan dana akan disalurkan ke tabung Traveling Beruang untuk membantu kanak-kanak yang menghidapi kanser,” tambah beliau.

Menerusi kempen yang akan berlangsung bermula Jun 2015 itu, Ungku Ismail akan mengembara ke tujuh buah destinasi bersama patung beruang yang pernah dihadiahkan kepada adik Mime. Memahami keadaan adik Mime, patung beruang itu bakal menjadikan simbol harapan bukan sahaja kepada dirinya malah kanak-kanak lain yang mengalami nasib sama. Patung Travelling Beruang itu dijangka akan di bawa ke 7 buah destinasi seperti Perth (Australia), Lombok (Indonesia), Siam Reap (Kemboja), Chongqing (China), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) dan beberapa lagi lokasi.
Perjalanan penuh inspirasi itu akan dikemaskini di laman rasmi Travelling Beruang serta kapsul ringkas menerusi TV3. Kempen yang akan berlangsung sepanjang tahun itu juga mengharapkan sumbangan ikhlas rakyat Malaysia malah dunia menerusi sebuah tabung khas. Tabung yang dinamakan Travelling Beruang MAKNA akan mengutip dana buat keperluan kanak-kanak penghidap kanser di Malaysia yang memerlukan menerusi kerjasama Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA).
Sumbangan boleh dibuat menerusi akaun Tabung Travelling Beruang MAKNA di 5140 7561 6705 (Maybank). Maklumat lanjut boleh didapati di laman website rasmiwww.travellingberuang.com.my.

At The 2morrow Fashion Blast Fiesta, Models Shined As They Catwalk The Longest Runway In Malaysia!

Publication: Malaysian Digest
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In a blink of an eye, the 2morrow Fashion Blast Fiesta 2015 that happened last weekend (9-10 May) has come and gone!
If you missed out on it, here’s how one of fashion’s most glamorous night went down.

Amidst the gorgeous view of the city on the Avenue K rooftop and the glittering lit atmosphere, stood the 405-meter long fashion runway dubbed as the longest in Malaysia, entering ‘The Malaysia Book of Records’.

Celebrating and showcasing the latest collections by 2morrow footwear, finalists had a final strut to impress the crowd before the grand announcement of the winner for the ‘Face Of 2morrow’ model search.

Confidently catwalking the challenging runway, 30 finalists (male, female and hijabista) models paraded dazzling designs by Chemboja and Venaise KL, accompanied by performances by Harris Alif, whom also showed-off his designs, and hip-hop trio ‘Tiga Swagger’ were not short of bringing the house down with their dance-worthy tunes.

In the end, only three winners were crowned for each category. Price, Syikin and Fatin were the lucky models that walked away with a grand prize in a form of a modelling contract with ML Model agency and other great prizes worth up to RM5,000 and awarded the title ‘Face Of 2morrow’, selected by a professional panel of jury.

Malaysian fashion icons like Bon Zainal, Remy Ishak, Faizal Ismail, Afdlin Shauki, Amin Idris, Natasha Hudson, and Mizz Nina among others were also present to support the noble event that officially donated RM10,000 to the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA) courtesy of Roistz Labels and Ikatan Ukhuwah. Other brands that took part include, Madeena, The Classic Box, Qurratu Ain, Cantik Sparkle, who were also among those who had booths setup at the venue.

Understanding the challenges faced by local fashion brands, and setting up a platform for all aspiring local designers, Managing Director of 2morrow Malaysia, Shaheful Ardan remarked, “In the fashion world, to showcase your collection is not cheap and sometimes the design is superbly gorgeous, but it can’t be shown to the public because of the financial issue. I want to be their saviour.”

Meanwhile, Creative Director and founder of 2morrow Malaysia, Ezza Yusof has also expressed how she cannot be any happier with the outcome, and has thanked everyone for their support, with a hint that the nation can expect a series of the ’2morrow Fashion Blast Fiesta’ following the success of this pilot event.

“Thank you to everyone who came and support us at the #2morrowfashion2015, wish us the best to still continue this event so all local designers and entrepreneurs can take part to showcase their designs/products on the longest runway in Malaysia. Stay tuned!”

(SEMASA) AirAsia memperkenalkan T-shirt rekaan terhad bagi mengumpul dana untuk MAKNA

Publication: Galaksi Media
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AirAsia telah menghasilkan t-shrit #AirAsiaMAKNA dengan rekaan terhad bagi mengumpul dana untuk Majlis Kanser Nasional Malaysia (MAKNA), dengan harga RM30 sehelai. T-shirt tersedia dalam saiz dewasa dan kanak-kanak bagi kedua lelaki dan perempuan.

Direka dan dihasilkan oleh AirAsia Allstars (staff AirAsia) sendiri, t-shirt ini memaparkan rekaan uniform ikonik kapten dan pramugari AirAsia yang membawa logo MAKNA dan slogan ‘A Meaning To Life’ di bahagian belakang t-shirt tersebut; mengutus mesej positif sebagai sebahagian dari kempen CSR ini.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad, Aireen Omar berkata, “Kesemua hasil dari jualan t-shirt ini akan disalurkan terus kepada Majlis Kanser Nasional Malaysia. Kami berharap dapat membantu dan menyumbang terhadap membasmi kanser, begitu juga dalam memberikan kebajikan yang diperlukan bagi mereka yang kurang berkemampuan melalui kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA. Lebih dari seratus ribu pesakit kanser yang menerima bantuan dari MAKNA dan kami berharap dapat meningkatkan lagi jumlah tersebut menerusi jumlah yang terkumpul dari kempen ini.”

“Lebih penting lagi, kempen ini direka khas bagi memberi kesedaran dan memastikan masyarakat awam mengetahui dan memahami mengenai kanser. MAKNA juga akan hadir di kesemua lokasi jualan kami bagi memberikan informasi mengenai cara-cara menghindari kanser dan servis yang mereka tawarkan kepada pesakit kanser. Rekaan t-shirt ini adalah sangat ranggi dan kami fikir adalah cara positif memberi perhatian kepada isu ini, dan juga menjadi ‘papan iklan bergerak’ bagi kesedaran kanser,” tambah Aireen.

Farahida Mohd Farid, Pengurus Besar MAKNA berkata

“Kanser adalah ancaman global telah membuat MAKNA terus bekerja bagi memastikan kes-kes kanser yang baru kekal pada tahap yang rendah. Usaha ini memerlukan kesedaran dan sokongan berterusan dari semua. Program mencegah adalah penting bagi mengekalkan jumlah mereka yang terselamat adalah tinggi menerusi pengesanan awal. Unit mudah alih Mamogram MAKNA juga bertujuan mengesan tanda awal kanser payu dara yang merupakan pembunuh no.1 wanita. Kerjasama dengan AirAsia Berhad adalah peluang bagi kami menyuarakan seruan nasional dan menekankan kepentingan kehidupan yang sihat. Kami berharap kempen ini memainkan peranan yang lebih penting dan menghantar mesej yang penuh makna kepada masyarakat awam serta memberi rasa murni memakai t-shirt terhad dengan rekaan istimewa ini dan berharap dapat memeriksa kesihatan diri mereka dengan lebih kerap.”

Jualan t-shirt bagi kempen ini direka sebagai acara di mana AirAsia dan MAKNA dapat hadir bersama bagi memberi kesedaran terhadap kanser menerusi informasi yang diberikan di kesemua lokasi acara tersebut.

AirAsia juga menganjurkan peraduan foto bersempena dengan kempen ini. Semua yang membeli t-shirt eksklusif ini berpeluang untuk memenangi sepasang tiket penerbangan ke destinasi-destinasi terpilih AirAsia & AirAsia X, hanya perlu muat naik foto kreatif mereka memakai t-shirt ini di Twitter atau Instagram dan hashtag #AirAsiaMAKNA. Pemenang akan di umumkan oleh AirAsia pada penghujung durasi kempen ini pada hujung bulan Jun.

Masyarakat awam juga boleh melawat http://www.airasia.com/airasiamakna untuk maklumat lanjut.

Selain dari kempen tanggungjawab sosial #AirAsiaMAKNA ini, AirAsia Berhad juga bersama Yayasan AirAsia telah mengumpul RM 902,447 dalam menyokong usaha MERCY Malaysia menerusi kempen ‘Ëast Coast Relief Fund’ awal tahun ini. Dana terkumpul telah membantu mangsa banjir monsun yang melanda negara pada lewat tahun 2014 dan awal tahun 2015; dan menyumbang dalam pembelian peralatan perubatan seperti katil hospital, ubat dan bekalan boleh pakai buang, pemerikasaan perubatan dan peralatan mengimbas bagi 14 klinik terpencil di Kelantan dan Pahang bagi tahap permulaan. Penerbangan percuma bagi lebih dari 200 staff medik juga turut diberikan, bersama dengan lebih dari 28 tan ruang kargo bagi membantu pelbagai NGO dan agensi bantuan kemanusian semasa banjir melanda.

MAKNA ingin mengerakkan asset mereka dalam memberi usaha kuratif, mencegah, penyelidikan, dan sokongan kepada pesakit kanser dan keluarga mereka, golongan berisiko tinggi dan masyarakat awam di Malaysia dan rantau ini. Objecktif mereka adalah bagi melawan kanser dan mengurangkan sakit yang berkaitan, morbiditi, dan kesukaran yang dihadapi pesakit kanser.

AirAsia to raise funds for MAKNA

Publication: The Malysian Times
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AirAsia has produced #AirAsiaMAKNA limited edition t-shirts, retailing at RM30 each, to raise funds for the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (MAKNA), retailing at RM30 each.

In a statement here today, the low-cost carrier said the t-shirts were designed and produced internally by its employees, and all proceeds would be channeled directly to MAKNA.

The t-shirts would be available for purchase at the Beach Market Bazaar in Kuantan on May 8-10, Graduan Aspire 2015 in KL Convention Centre on May 9-10 and Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus in Subang Jaya on May 13.

They would also be sold at AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 at Gurney Paragon Shopping Mall in Penang on May 16-17 and AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya on May 29-31.

AirAsia To Raise Funds For MAKNA

Publication: Bernama
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AirAsia has produced #AirAsiaMAKNA limited edition t-shirts, retailing at RM30 each, to raise funds for the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (MAKNA), retailing at RM30 each.

In a statement here Thursday, the low-cost carrier said the t-shirts were designed and produced internally by its employees, and all proceeds would be channeled directly to MAKNA.

The t-shirts would be available for purchase at the Beach Market Bazaar in Kuantan on May 8-10, Graduan Aspire 2015 in KL Convention Centre on May 9-10 and Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus in Subang Jaya on May 13.

They would also be sold at AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 at Gurney Paragon Shopping Mall in Penang on May 16-17 and AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya on May 29-31.

Air Asia Introduces limited edition T-Shirts to raise fund for MAKNA

Publication: Bernama
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The #AirAsiaMAKNA T-shirts to be sold at selected venues throughout Malaysia

SEPANG, May 7 (Bernama) — AirAsia has produced #AirAsiaMAKNA t-shirts – a new, limited edition designed t-shirts to raise funds for the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (MAKNA), retailing at RM30 each. The t-shirts are available for males and females in adult and children sizes.

Designed and produced internally by AirAsia Allstars (employees), the t-shirts feature the iconic AirAsia Captain and cabin crew uniform, which carries the MAKNA logo and its tagline ‘A Meaning To Life’ at the back of the t-shirts; sending a message of positivity as part of the CSR campaign.

AirAsia Berhad’s Chief Executive Officer, Aireen Omar said,

“All proceeds from the sales of this limited edition t-shirts will be channelled directly to the National Cancer Council of Malaysia. We hope to lend a helping hand and contribute towards the cause of eradicating cancer, as well as to provide much-needed care for those who are not able to afford it through this #AirAsiaMAKNA campaign. More than a hundred thousand cancer patients have received assistance from MAKNA and we hope to boost the number even further from the funds collected from this campaign.”

“More importantly, this campaign is specifically designed to generate awareness and ensure the public are well educated about cancer. MAKNA will also be present at all of our sales location to provide valuable information about cancer prevention and the services they provide for cancer patients. The t-shirts’ designs are very cool and we feel it is a positive way to raise much needed attention for this cause, and perhaps be a ‘walking billboard’ for cancer awareness,” added Aireen.

Farahida Mohd Farid, General Manager MAKNA said

“Cancer being a global threat has pushed MAKNA to work towards in keeping the newly diagnosed cancer cases low. This effort needs continuous awareness and support from all. Preventive programs are important to keep survival rate high through early detection. MAKNA Mobile Mammogram Unit aims to tackle early detection of Breast Cancer which is the number one killer for women. Partnership with AirAsia Berhad is an opportunity to voice out our nationwide appeal and stress the importance of healthy living. We hope this campaign promotes greater significance and send a meaningful message to the public as well as give a feel good factor of wearing these special edition t-shirts and hopefully for them to get themselves checked regularly”.

The #AirAsiaMAKNA t-shirts are available for purchase at the venues below:

Venue                                                                            Date & Time
Beach Market Bazaar
Taman Gelora Kuantan, Pahang                            8th, 9th, 10th May 2015 10am – 10pm
Graduan Aspire 2015
KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur                     9 & 10 May 2015  12pm – 6pm
Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus
Subang Jaya, Selangor                                                 13 May 2015 10am – 4pm
AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 @ Penang
Gurney Paragon Shopping Mall,
Persiaran Gurney, Penang                                         16 – 17 May 2015 10am – 10pm
AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 @ Petaling Jaya
Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor                   29 – 31 May 2015 10am – 10pm

The sales of t-shirts for this campaign is purposely designed as on-ground events, where both AirAsia and MAKNA can join hands to create awareness towards cancer through information disseminated at all of the event venues.

AirAsia is also running a photo contest in conjunction with this campaign. Everyone who purchased the exclusive t-shirts are eligible to win a pair of flights to selected AirAsia or AirAsia X destinations, just by uploading the most creative photo of themselves in the t-shirts on Twitter or Instagram and hashtag #AirAsiaMAKNA. Winners will be notified by AirAsia at the end of the campaign period at the end of June.

The public can also visit www.airasia.com/airasiamakna for more information.

Apart from this #AirAsiaMAKNA CSR campaign, AirAsia Berhad, together the philanthropic arm of the airline, AirAsia Foundation; have raised RM902,447 in support of MERCY Malaysia through the ‘East Coast Flood Relief Fund’ campaign early this year. The funds raised have helped the victims of monsoon flood which hit the country in late 2014 and early 2015; and contributed towards the purchase of new medical equipment such as hospital beds, medical and disposable supplies, health check-up and screening equipment for 14 rural clinics in Kelantan and Pahang for a start. Free flights for over 200 medical personnel were also provided, along with over 28 tonnes of free cargo space to assist various NGOs and humanitarian agencies during the floods.
MAKNA aims to mobilise resources in order to provide curative, preventive, research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public in Malays and the region. Their objective is to fight cancer and reduce related pain, morbidity and the suffering that cancer patients undergo.

AirAsia memperkenalkan T-shirt rekaan terhad bagi mengumpul dana untuk MAKNA

Publication: Bernama
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AAirAsia telah menghasilkan t-shrit #AirAsiaMAKNA dengan rekaan terhad bagi mengumpul dana untuk Majlis Kanser Nasional Malaysia (MAKNA), dengan harga RM30 sehelai. T-shirt tersedia dalam saiz dewasa dan kanak-kanak bagi kedua lelaki dan perempuan.

Direka dan dihasilkan oleh AirAsia Allstars (staff AirAsia) sendiri, t-shirt ini memaparkan rekaan uniform ikonik kapten dan pramugari AirAsia yang membawa logo MAKNA dan slogan ‘A Meaning To Life’ di bahagian belakang t-shirt tersebut; mengutus mesej positif sebagai sebahagian dari kempen CSR ini.

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AirAsia Jual Kemeja-T Khas Isi Dana MAKNA

Publication: Bernama
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AirAsia menghasilkan kemeja-T #AirAsiaMAKNA edisi terhad berharga RM30 sehelai bagi mengutip dana untuk Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA).

Menurut kenyataan syarikat penerbangan tambang rendah itu hari ini, kemeja-T berkenaan direka dan dihasilkan sendiri kakitangannya dan kesemua hasil jualan itu akan disalurkan terus kepada MAKNA.

Kemeja-T berkenaan akan dijual di beberapa lokasi seperti di Bazaar BeachMarket, Kuantan pada 8-10 Mei ini; acara Graduan Aspire 2015 di Pusat Konvensyen Kuala Lumpur (9-10 Mei) dan Kampus Lakeside Taylor’s University di Subang Jaya, Selangor pada 13 Mei.

Ia akan turut dijual di AirAsia Travel Fair 2015 di pusat beli-belah Gurney Paragon, Pulau Pinang pada 16-17 Mei dan acara sama di Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya pada 29-31 Mei.

Over RM 115,000 Raised for Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Publication: EFY
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Softlan has successfully raised RM 115,696.30 from its 2014 breast cancer awareness campaign, themed We Stand By You.
Held for the sixth consecutive year, We Stand by You aimed to further spread public awareness on breast cancer prevention amongst Malaysian women of all ages.

The campaign ran from September to October last year in conjunction with World Breast Cancer Awareness month where with every purchase of Softlan® fabric softener, 10 cents will be donated among the brand’s charitable partners.

The collection of RM 115,696.30 was presented by Peter Torrington, General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive, to Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA), National Cancer Council (MAKNA), and National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM).

During the cheque presentation, Torrington said,

“We are very pleased and thankful to our customers for their contribution which exceeded our commitment to fundraise a minimum of RM 100,000. We are grateful to have once again partnered with BCWA, MAKNA and NCSM to achieve a sense of fulfilment knowing these funds will aid research towards the betterment of cancer patients and survivors.”

During the ceremony, family members of breast cancer survivors shared their experiences on overcoming a changed reality after their loved ones were diagnosed with breast cancer. Mohammad Saleh Bin Hashim, husband of Leha Osman said that, “it was difficult to accept at first” but realizes that “the best way to deal with it is to have strong faith.”

“It was a devastating news and I honestly did not know what to do or how to react when Leha was first diagnosed. However, as a family, we ultimately decided that we need to be the supporting pillars of Leha in her battle against breast cancer,” Mohammad Saleh said.

During the period of the campaign, Softlan also co-sponsored an episode of the TV programme Bersamamu, which focuses on the life of Puan Jahlelawati as a stage 4 breast cancer patient. Puan Jahlelawati is an unemployed single mother with three children and is currently under the care of her 16-year-old daughter as well as her brother, who lives separately from her. Softlan donated a wheelchair and also a product hamper to help ease the burden of Puan Jahlelawati and her family. Softlan also brought her children to Legoland, Nusajaya for a fun day out.

To capture the fighting spirit and emotional journey family members of breast cancer patients go through, Softlan also hosted a Pink Day Out where the husbands and children of breast cancer patients prepared a specially customised ‘Pink menu’ to surprise their wives and mothers. The event that was held at Tropicana Golf and Country Resort hosted three families who have survived breast cancer.

“We Stand by You had a very personal touch, and to be able to treat these remarkable women for their triumph over cancer meant a lot to all of us. The campaign will return this year and we hope that Malaysians will continue to share their love and support as we continue spreading awareness about breast cancer,”added Torrington.

Over the past six years, Softlan’s breast cancer campaign has raised a grand total of RM 549,435.30 in contributions. The campaign focuses on combining support, care and experience to promote the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Throughout the month of October last year, Softlan and its charity partners brought their road shows to selected hypermarket locations where they provide free check-ups and learn more about breast cancer from doctors and trained nurses.

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’.”

Usaha cari penawar baharu kanser MUHAMAD ADZHAR TAJUDDIN

Publication: Sinar Harian
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IPOH – Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) sedang giat melakukan kajian bersama beberapa buah universiti tempatan dalam mencari penawar baharu bagi merawat penyakit kanser yang disifatkan antara tertinggi dihidapi masyarakat di negara ini.

Presiden Makna, Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin berkata, kajian melibatkan beberapa jenis tumbuhan tempatan yang dikenal pasti berkemungkinan mampu menyembuhkan kanser itu berjalan lancar.

Menurutnya, usaha itu dilakukan bersama Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) sejak 2001.

“Saya tak mahu memberi harapan tetapi berkemungkinan besar beberapa jenis tumbuhan mungkin boleh menjadi penawar baharu kepada penyakit kanser,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita ketika ditemui pada Majlis Penghargaan Sukarelawan Makna di Hotel Syuen, di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Pengurus Besar Makna, Farahida Mohd Farid dan Ahli Makna, Prof Dr IshakMat.

Menurutnya, antara punca ribuan penduduk di negara ini menghidap penyakit kanser adalah disebabkan pengaruh gaya hidup dan faktor pemakanan.

“Paling kritikal adalah pemakanan, orang Malaysia ini ada yang sehari makan sampai tujuh kali sedangkan kita mengetahui bahawa kebanyakan jenis makanan tidak mempunyai khasiat dan menyumbang kepada pelbagai penyakit,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Farahida berkata, penduduk di Sabah dan Sarawak khususnya di kawasan pedalaman bakal menikmati kemudahan pusat rawatan bergerak yang menawarkan perkhidmatan mamogram tahun depan.

“Ia lebih kepada perkhidmatan mamogram iaitu pemeriksaan saringan sinar X yang dilakukan untuk mengesan peringkat awal kanser payudara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, pusat rawatan bergerak itu dianggarkan bernilai lebih RM3 juta dan semua kos tersebut dibiayai Makna.

In yoga, an unlikely friendship forged BY PATHMA SUBRAMANIAM

Publication: The Malay Mail Online
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — The Indian monsoon brings a lot in its wake. At first a cool respite after the usual four-month long blistering summer and as it progresses, melancholy shrouds the vast region as rapid floods bring about a swathe of destruction almost annually.
But for Angeline Liew and Raymond Lim, the monsoon — during their sojourn in Mysore, Karnataka — in October 2010 brought about an opportunity for the two successful corporate high flyers to try their hand at entrepreneurship in one of the oldest spiritual forms of well-being – yoga.

The duo came to know each other through a mutual friend, who is also a yoga instructor, in 2009 when they had expressed intentions to pursue professional lessons in Hatha yoga at a teachers’ training ashram in the royal city.
But when even the best of friends think twice, if not more, about striking a partnership, Liew and Lim — who had just become friends for about a year at that point — decided to take the plunge, leaving the rest to hard work.
Yoga practitioners, Liew and Lim — trained by Bharath Shetty, a direct disciple of BKS Iyengar, the yoga guru who helped take the ancient Indian spiritual practice to the rest of the world — decided to open up their own studio, aptly named Prana Yoga, not just as a platform to practise yoga but to cultivate mindfulness and acceptance.

“It was the rainy season and we had the day off from class… we were talking about where this is going in a few years from now and we thought it would be nice to have our own space so that we can really share what we believe in, and two years later the dream came true,” related Liew.

Liew dabbled in yoga after a forgotten back injury began bothering her in 2000 from stress at work, marriage preparations and moving into a new house; things came to a head onboard a longhaul flight to the United States, when upon arriving at her destination Liew could hardly walk.

“I realised then my spine was bad. I immediately saw a chiropractor but it didn’t help. A friend suggested I try yoga, I tried one class and I liked it. It felt good to stretch out and so I kept going back,” she said.

“Everywhere I went because of work and travel, I would pop into a class whenever I could and I made it a point to do that but the downside to that is that there is no fix teacher to guide you… I was window shopping for different styles just so I could get my yoga fix,” related Liew.

Having had a sedentary lifestyle for most parts of her career, yoga asanas or poses eased her lower back pain by gently stretching and strengthening the muscles of the lower back and legs.

“You are as healthy as your spine and we often try to fix things rather than to maintain what we already have,” she said.

Late 2008, Liew resigned as a regional marketing consultant for a multinational company and took off for a month discovering India, and at the near end of her impromptu tour Liew signed up for a yoga teachers’ training programme at Ananda Ashram in Mysore, and upon returning to Malaysia she discovered Lim had joined the same programme.
But unlike Liew, Lim’s draw to yoga started with a fascination for a tricky asana he spotted on a billboard five years ago.
Lim, who began his career as a chef at a five-star luxury hotel, too suffered from bad back due to poor posture from standing more than 10 hours daily.
He subsequently traded the demanding job in the kitchen, in 2007,for the front desk — in the food and beverages industry — but it not alleviate his back problems.

“I saw a billboard of a guy striking a yoga pose, a very fancy yoga pose and I thought to myself “so cool I also want to be able to do that” — that was my initial motivation. I signed up for yoga but even after a year I couldn’t achieve that pose.
“Nevertheless I started getting amazing results, not just did my back pain disappear but I started to have less instances of fevers. Before getting into yoga, I often came down with fever due to weak immunity and severe gastric all because of irregular eating hours from my days as a chef,” he said.

After two years, the chef-turned-yogi decided to take the teachers’ training programme to be able to convey how yoga had helped him.

“While I was in the F&B industry after a certain period I used to get bored and I always looked for something to inspire me and to motivate me to move forward but the cycle repeats itself.
“But doing yoga has been different… yes, we have to make some money from teaching — in order to survive — but most importantly it’s been a way of improving ourselves and others along the way, which is more rewarding than money,” said Lim, who signed up for the same course as Liew in 2009 and eventually quit his job to focus on yoga full-time.

In 2012, Liew and Lim opened Prana Yoga, which is located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The studio now holds 11 different programmes and more than 20 classes a week — suited for all levels — with six other teachers.
Among the unique features of their programmes are prenatal and postnatal exercises — which is one of their most attended class.

For both of them, yoga, which began as a therapeutic escape, is now a means to help others.
To make the experience all the more wholesome, the duo had concurrently initiated the Pledge A Ringgit, to encourage selfless service.
The studio donates RM1 to charity for every class an individual attends for a term ranging three months to a year.
In the first month after their launch, they collected RM1,000 in three months — which was donated to the National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna).

“It is just sharing what you love and making that other person the priority and making that person live their best life by coming to terms with what the mind and body can or cannot do and being relatively okay with it,” explained Liew.
“What we teach you is what is relevant for your body and mind — you may come with an external objective, you may want to lose your muffin top, get a bikini body or improve your golf swing, or you are just someone who needs a break from a stressful job… whatever your objective is when you get on the mat we will make the class work for you, that’s the personal touch we deliver,” she assured.

Prana Yoga KL
Unit 2.3, 2nd Floor, Pusat Kreatif Kanak Kanak Tuanku Bainun, 48 Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 012-976-4866
Email: pranayogakl@hotmail.com
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Get Ready For A Major Fashion Fiesta In Town With A Record-Breaking Runway

Publication: Malaysian Digest
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When entrepreneur and fashion enthusiast, Ezza Yusof, started her franchise shoe label 2morrow Shoes in 2012, little did she know that 3 years down the road she would be reaching greater heights and producing what will soon be one of Kuala Lumpur’s major fashion events.
The first of its kind, the 2morrow Fashion Blast Fiesta this year is expected to paint the town fashionably red, kicking off on 9 and 10 May at the breathtaking rooftop of Avenue K.

“When I started, the shoe label was a Thailand owned brand, but now we will be rebranding it with our new line of shoes which are locally designed, and will be launched in conjunction with the fashion event,” she tells Malaysian Digest.
Now a successful entrepreneur, Ezza understands how starting in the lows with a first few online sales and then shifting into a bigger consumer market can be challenging.

But after a few struggles, her brand is now available in outlets like Tangs and Robinsons Malaysia − that’s what inspired her to provide a platform in support of local designers and entrepreneurs alike.

“I would like to encourage local designers, and online entrepreneurs to move out of their comfort zones and onto a bigger platform to be seen and heard. We’ve previously participated in Urbanscapes and the 4th Malaysia International Shoe Festival, but this will be even grander.
“We are expecting 70 vendors, a variety of musicians, with multiple activities going on at the venue. Besides that, part of the sales collection from the booths will be going to the National Cancer Council (MAKNA),” Ezza explains.

However, the highlight of the event would be its runway which is deemed to enter The Malaysia Book of Records as the longest runway ever built in Malaysia. With a length of 405 meters, the exclusive runway will be graced by 30 model finalists selected via a competition called ‘The Face of 2morrow’ that the company is concurrently running.

“The runway stage is definitely the highlight of this event as it has never been done before, beating the previous record. It would take at least 2 to 3 days to build this runway, and I’m excited! Meanwhile in search of ‘The Face of 2morrow’, 10 male, 10 female and 10 hijabista models will be shortlisted to walk the runway during the finale. Prior to the event, the winners will be selected by celebrity judges which we have yet to disclose at this point of time.
“Those interested can still sign up on our website with requirements as stated. It’s pretty simple, just submit your best photo and you might just stand a chance of winning a modelling contract with ML Model agency.
“I’m happy that we’ve been getting a lot of support from the Muslimah community too. Our event will also be highlighting the latest on the Muslimah fashion front. All young fashionistas online will be competing against each other in selection of the most stylish Muslimah,” she shares.

Don’t know about you but we’re already excited to know who will be ‘The Face of 2morrow’, and how the majestic setup for the longest runway in Malaysia will turn out to be. If you’re just as eager as we are, the fashion affair happening this May 9 and 10 will be open to public. So, don’t miss out and do look dressed to kill!

Universiti Malaya aims for zero waste

Publication: The Star Online
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Universiti Malaya maximises recycling to minimise its waste.
With populations that run into the thousands, each university campus is a community in itself, generating as much trash as say, a village.

Their discards can be anything from five to eight tonnes a day, according to Dr Sumiani Yusoff, a solid waste management scientist at Universiti Malaya.
With there being 20 public universities and 200 private ones in the country, she estimates that the trash from these academic institutions amount to some 1,500 tonnes a day.

“They generate between 5% and 10% of the country’s total waste. And almost all are dumped into landfills,” says the associate professor in the department of civil engineering.
“The country now produces 33,000 tonnes of waste each day. It’s a pertinent issue that needs to be settled. We cannot rely on the Government … we should also take stock and do something about it.”

And that is the push behind UM’s Zero Waste Campaign. The scheme started out as a final year project on recycling by students in the environmental engineering department in 2009 and expanded to include segregation of food and garden wastes for composting.

In late 2010, it grew into the ambitious Zero Waste Campaign (ZWC) with funding from CIMB Foundation. Today, aside from recycling the usual paper, plastics and metals, wastes such as food scraps, garden trimmings, textiles, electronics and wood are also diverted from landfills.

“Waste management is not just waste treatment. It is complex as it is about managing waste,” says Sumiani, principal co-ordinator of the project.
“It entails various aspects such as generation, collection, reuse, recycling and disposal. Waste, if recovered, can be a resource. We should re-look our waste disposal hierarchy. We should first reduce, reuse, recycle, process and finally only landfill if we cannot do anything with it.”

Guided by that philosophy, the ZWC team adopted a multi-pronged strategy as the various waste-types have to be dealt with differently. It also collaborates with various private companies to ensure proper handling of the waste after collection from campus grounds. As a start, the placement of recycling bins all over the campus encourages waste separation. The recyclables are collected by janitors and sold to recyclers.
To ensure proper disposal of electronic waste, there is a drop-off bin at the ZWC project site located at the university’s waste storage area. Occasionally, special collections and pick-ups are organised for e-waste, which is then recycled by the company T-Pot E & E. The project, however, does not handle hazardous waste such light bulbs and laboratory waste; that is the domain of the UM occupational health unit.

Reusing waste
A key focus of the campaign is organic waste since that forms between 50% to 60% of our total discards. “If we ignore organic waste, we’re ignoring the bulk of our waste problem,” explains Sumiani.

“Landfills are the biggest source of man-made methane (released when organic waste decomposes). Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Although its concentration (in the atmosphere) is 200 times lower than that of carbon dioxide, it accounts for 20% of the current warming capacity. If we tackle organic waste, half of our waste problem is already solved. Another 20% to 30% of waste can be recycled. That leaves a small amount which cannot be recycled. Then only can you talk about incineration of the remaining waste.”

The 20 food outlets in the UM campus generate some 400kg of food waste daily. To deal with that, in September 2011 the ZWC team started a composting scheme to turn the waste into compost. Cafe operators have to separate their waste; food scraps go into white plastic bags so as to distinguish them from the recyclables and general waste which are put into black bags.

The food waste, together with garden trimmings, are sent to the waste storage area. The waste is piled into heaps and stirred daily to encourage aerobic decomposition by microbes. After four to five weeks, it would have broken down and mature into fertile compost, which is used to enrich the soil. The compost is distributed free to UM communities.
At the site, some organic waste is treated in an anaerobic digester. The UM team is researching the performance of the machine, provided by the company CH Green. This method produces liquid compost and methane.
The volume of the gas, however, is too small for conversion into energy. So, it is merely flared or used as cooking gas by the workers.

Currently, the composting effort can only handle four out of the 10 tonnes of organic waste thrown out each month. The remaining waste still has to go to landfills.

“Nevertheless, through the composting scheme, some four to five Ro-Ro bins (dumpsters) of organic waste are diverted from landfills each month and turned into a resource,” says ZWC manager, Jaron Keng. “It also leads to savings in transport costs, fuel and tipping fees as well as non-tangible benefits such as emission reductions and environmental protection.”

After four to five weeks, these heaps of food and garden waste will be transformed into useful compost.
Until December 2014, over 145,300kg of organic waste has been treated, producing 4,700kg of compost and curbing the emission of 70 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Challenges remain, however. The need to purchase the white plastic bags – some 80 bags are given free initially – might deter cafe operators from using them. To counter that, the team plans to seek the help of the university administration to subsidise the bags.

“Continuous campaigning is needed to educate food outlet operators as they change when contracts expire. The waste separation is now voluntary … some couldn’t care less and are not helpful. We hope to get the university to make waste separation a policy,” says Sumiani.
The team also tied up with Kris Biofuel to turn used cooking oil into biodiesel, but faces difficulties in collecting the waste. “Cafe operators prefer to sell to recyclers who pay a higher price. We cannot offer a high price as diesel price is low,” explains Sumiani.

Saving old clothes
To handle textile waste, the team collaborates with a recycler, Life Line Clothing. The collaboration started a year ago with only two drop-off bins. Now, there are 10 bins all over the campus for people to dispose of their old clothes and household textiles such as curtains and bedsheets.
Old toys, bags and shoes are also accepted. Life Line donates a certain sum (undisclosed) for every kilogramme of waste dropped into the bin, to three charities – the Malaysian Association for the Blind, Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territory, and the National Cancer Council.

Some three tonnes of wastes are collected each month. At the textile recycling factory located in Port Klang, the items are graded. The usable items are sold as second-hand goods here as well as shipped abroad. The rest are turned into industrial cleaning rags or sent to another facility which processes the waste into fuel.
In December, the campaign expanded to cover wood waste – mainly old furniture and tree cuttings. Some five tonnes are collected each month. The waste is used by TSP Waste Management to run boilers in its paper mill in Rasa, Selangor, thus avoiding the use of fossil fuel.
Sumiani estimates that the ZWC project has stopped some 13% of waste from ending up in dumps. “This is better than the national recycling rate which is at 10.8%.” The project has ambitious goals – a waste diversion target of 15% by 2020, 30% by 2030, and 60% thereafter.

What about reaching “zero waste”?

“It is an elusive goal to get zero waste but we’re striving to reduce as much as possible. We called it Zero Waste Campaign as we have to think big and aim high. It is also to challenge ourselves so that we keep improving and one day, we will be zero waste. Europe is almost zero-organic-waste. When we started, we were only recycling, then we tackled the organic waste. Now, the project has expanded to handle e-waste and also textile waste,” says Sumiani.

Indeed, the ZWC has developed several key projects that have raised the recycling rate in the campus and diverted waste from landfills. Waste disposal costs have also been reduced, as have environmental pollution and carbon emissions. The pioneering project is a role model for integrated waste management and will boost UM’s aspiration to be a green campus.

Sokongan keluarga 
lawan kanser

Publication: Utusan
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SETIAP hari, Roslan Samsuri menjalani rutin hariannya dengan penuh semangat. Anak kelahiran Batu Pahat, Johor ini bekerja keras saban hari memandu bas dan van kilang di sebuah kilang yang terletak di kawasan Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor demi mencari sesuap nasi menyara keluarganya.


Tanyalah kepada sesiapa yang mengenalinya, lelaki berusia 41 tahun ini seorang yang ceria dan cergas bekerja. Apabila punya duit lebih, dia gemar membawa isteri dan anak-anak makan di luar.
Semuanya berubah empat tahun lalu. Cerita isterinya, Zainurisham Sumari, bapa kepada tiga orang anak lelaki ini mengalami gangguan kesihatan sehingga mengganggu prestasi kerjanya kerana asyik berulang-alik ke hospital.

Sejak tahun 2011 hingga 2013, tahap kesihatannya agak rumit dan memaksa beliau berhenti kerja disebabkan keluar masuk hospital.
Ketika itu, pedih di bahagian perut yang berlarutan disangkanya sebagai masalah gastrik. Walaupun menyedari dia sering kehilangan darah ketika membuang air besar, Roslan tidak mengesyaki sesuatu yang lebih serius daripada penyakit gastrik.
Akhirnya, 27 Januari tahun lalu, Roslan terpaksa dibedah dan disahkan mempunyai ketumbuhan pada usus kecilnya yang doktor klasifikasikan sebagai kanser usus tahap tiga.
“Saya sebagai isteri yang bertanggungjawab menjaganya sepanjang tempoh dia (Roslan) sakit sehinggalah hospital menetapkan beliau perlu menjalani kimoterapi sebanyak 12 kali.
“Kepayahan dan kejerihan hidup membuatkan hidup suami saya tertekan dan dibelenggu dengan masalah kos hidup dan rawatan. Tambah pula keadaannya yang belum boleh bekerja, sementara saya pula hanya mengasuh bayi.
“Memikirkan rasa tanggungjawab membantu suami, saya juga melakukan pelbagai kerja sambilan bagi menampung keperluan keluarga.
“Boleh dikatakan hari-hari yang dilalui ibarat kais pagi makan pagi kais petang makan petang. Sebaik-baik sahaja bangun tidur, pasti memikirkan apa hendak dibuat untuk mendatangkan duit.
“Hanya Allah yang tahu apa yang terbendung dalam fikiran dengan keadaan anak-anak bersekolah, rumah sewa, dan terpaksa ulang alik ke hospital,” ujar Zainurisham pasrah mengenangkan saat susah dia dan keluarga. Namun, ujarnya, dia sentiasa memberi sokongan kepada suami untuk kuat melalui semua dugaan ini dan dia sendiri berkata kepada dirinya untuk turut sama kuat demi keluarganya.
Dalam keadaan kesukaran dan tidak tahu dari mana untuk mendapatkan bantuan, dia bersyukur apabila mengenali Pengasas Pertubuhan Kebajikan Johor I Care Negeri Johor (JICS), Latipah Sa’at yang datang ke wad suaminya bagi memberi penerangan tentang kanser selain memberi kata-kata semangat kepada mereka memandangkan Latipah juga merupakan bekas pesakit kanser.
“Puan Latipah banyak membantu saya dan keluarga. Melalui dia, kami diberi bantuan dari segi sumbangan dan barang-barang dapur daripada JICS dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA).
“Saya dapat lihat suami saya mula bersemangat ditambah pula dengan bantuan perbelanjaan daripada adik saya, Rosnita seorang jururawat di Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
“Bantuan serta sokongan orang sekeliling membuatkan suami saya mula sedar bahawa kanser bukan penamat sesuatu kehidupan. Saya dapat lihat semangat juang pada dirinya menjalani rawatan kanser terutama kimoterapi yang mempunyai pelbagai kesan sampingan menyakitkan, demi saya dan anak-anak.
“Apa yang paling menggembirakan saya apabila melihat cara hidup suami saya bertukar terutamanya dari segi pemakanan. Kalau dahulu, dia suka mengambil makanan yang pedas dan berminyak, sekarang Roslan tidak lagi mengamalkan pemakanan yang tidak sihat.
“Dia juga menekankan pemakanan yang sihat kami sekeluarga. Sekarang, suami saya masih menjalani rawatan kemoterapi yang kesebelas dan berharap selepas kemoterapi terakhir nanti, dia bebas daripada kanser,” ujar Zainurisham yang turut melahirkan rasa bangga apabila Roslan baru-baru ini dianugerahkan gelaran “Wira Kanser” oleh MAKNA kerana semangatnya.
Zainurisham berharap orang ramai jangan berhenti berusaha mendapatkan rawatan jika dikesan menghidapi kanser. Nasihatnya, dapatkan pencerahan dan maklumat tentang kanser daripada orang berkenaan atau badan-badan yang berpengalaman untuk terus menjalani rawatan di hospital dan hidup sihat.
“Jangan sesekali mendengar kata-kata negatif orang lain yang hanya melemahkan semangat pesakit. Jaga pemakanan harian dan ikut rawatan daripada pihak hospital seperti yang telah ditetapkan,” nasihatnya yang kini aktif menyertai aktiviti JICS bersama suami.

Makna steps up efforts to spread vital message on cancer control

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The National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) has highlighted the vital role that early detection plays in ensuring more effective treatment and improved survival rates among cancer patients, in conjunction with World Cancer Day which falls on Feb 4.

The day is promoted by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and one of the NGO’s aims is to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

According to the Radiotherapy and Oncology Department of Hospital Kuala Lumpur, the annual incidence of cancer in Malaysia is estimated to be 30,000.

The majority of patients are diagnosed at a later stage of the disease, making treatment more challenging than if the cancer had been discovered at an early stage.

This year’s theme for World Cancer Day is “Cancer – Not Beyond Us”, to underline the fact that solutions exist across the continuum of cancer care.

On World Cancer Day, Makna helped to spread awareness about early detection and preventative measures to the public through various campaigns and activities.

A mobile mammogram team went to rural areas to provide mammogram screenings as breast cancer remains the leading cancer among women.

Makna’s mobile mammogram trailer was launched in 2011 to reach out to women over the age of 40 from the lower-income group who have limited access to mammography screenings.

For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/maknacancer and http://makna.org.my/

10 tips for caring for an ill person

Publication: The Star Online
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ILLNESS can strike anyone at any point in life and family members and those who care about the person may find themselves catapulted into a caregiving role without any warning.
While different illnesses may come with varying degrees of challenges, the caregiver may experience numerous changes in their life, including helming new roles and responsibilities.
Metro Online Broadcast (mob.com.my) speaks to National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) outreach programme facilitator Habiba Abdul Rahman on useful general tips for family and friends to keep in mind when caring for their loved one.
1. Get comfortable

Habiba encourages caretakers to be in a comfortable position when spending time with an ill loved one. “Always sit down and remember to smile,” she said, adding that it is important for a caregiver to be comfortable so that he or she can serve them better. Habiba advises not to rush one’s visit as the patient may sense that you are rushing to go elsewhere and may not feel cared about.


2. Listen and focus on what the person is saying
“Sometimes when we are visiting the patient, many of us may not know what to do,” said Habiba, adding that the caregiver can let the patient break the silence. “It is important to let the patient talk about his desires, worries, his needs and what he wants or what he likes,” she said. Habiba advised caregivers to be fully present while spending time with the patient and not be busy doing other things, such as reading the newspaper.
3. Touch

Habiba believes that a human touch, such as a touch on the arm, can be beneficial to your loved one,
expressing affection and may also help the patient relax when they are ill. However, use sound judgment
when doing so, considering cultural factors or medical concerns pertaining to your loved one’s illness. “Touch only when the need arises,” says Habiba.
4. Music
Music can be a form of therapy for some patients and she suggests playing some soothing music or
hymns, depending on what the patient prefers. Having faith and belief in their religion can also help.
“Remember that they have a lot of fear of the unknown,” said Habiba, adding that religion and spiritual
support can be helpful in providing some comfort to them.
5. Have patience
A caretaker can easily be overwhelmed by concerns of managing household chores, family finances and work, on top of caring for their loved one’s illness. While easier said than done, caretakers need to remember to be patient as one may never truly understand what the sick individual is facing. Additionally, a barrage of opinions and information can come from friends and family members who want to relay their opinions and knowledge from their own experiences. Remember to have patience in handling family members and friends as they are also concerned for their loved one.
6. Share responsibilities
Attending to the needs of an ill person can get physically and emotionally exhausting for the caregiver.
Caregivers should have time to recharge and attend to their own needs. Habiba explained that rotating the care-giving duties among family members can be beneficial, keeping caregivers from burning out.
Family members and friends should also talk to the caregiver to check how he or she is coping, as
the caregiver would need an outlet to express their own stress and concerns. Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to those who offer their help.
7. Be kind, loving and gentle While it may seem obvious, being kind, loving and gentle to the patient is important as it can help them emotionally, in addition to showing one’s support for them. They may be in a scary place and uncertain about how their illness will affect their life — being treated lovingly and with kindness, can soothe them. According to Habiba, caretakers can try asking, “What would you like me to do for you?” and take the time to get to know the patient, allowing each to be more comfortable with
the other. understanding the patient’s needs can make things less stressful for both parties.
8. Consider obtaining the help of a counsellor Depending on the seriousness of your loved one’s illness, Habiba believes that obtaining the help of a counsellor can be beneficial for both the caretaker and patient. “Sometimes, the patient may have more faith in the counsellor (than their immediate family),” said Habiba, adding that some patients prefer talking to strangers. She adds that some non-governmental organisations offer these services for free.
9. Practice open communication According to Habiba, patients can sometimes take their family members for granted. Be patient and communicate with those around you to inform them of how their actions are making you feel. While many may have different views on the matter, Habiba believes that it is best that family members be transparent about the diagnosis, such as cancer. The stigma associated with such
an illness may sound like a death sentence but the patient needs to know so that he or she can adapt to
the situation and take their own initiatives to improve their personal health.
10. Join a support group For some diseases, the caretaker and patient can consider joining a support group to help with the coping process. For example, if a parent has been diagnosed with cancer, roles within the family may change, with the children becoming the primary caregiver while the parent may have to grow accustomed to having their child care for them. To cope with the challenges, speaking to others who have experienced the situation can help the caregiver become more efficient in their role while the support group can provide emotional help to the patient, as they may be with others who have experienced or are currently experiencing the same challenges as your loved one.
A special thanks to the National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) for providing the tips in the article.

Oksigen dan kanser

Publication: Utusan Online
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Angka pesakit kanser semakin meningkat di Malaysia. Penyakit kanser boleh dihidap oleh sesiapa tidak kira bangsa dan status. Mengikut laporan Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna), 11 juta dewasa dan kanak-kanak menghidap penyakit kanser dan enam juta daripadanya mati akibat kanser di seluruh dunia.

Di Malaysia, 45,000 rakyat dilaporkan mengidap penyakit kanser setiap tahun. Statistik ini sangat membimbangkan kerana tiga dari empat pesakit kanser gagal diselamatkan atau sembuh. Kanser ialah penyakit yang disebabkan oleh pertumbuhan yang tidak terkawal sel-sel yang tidak normal di dalam badan. Ia berpunca daripada kegagalan sistem imun berfungsi dengan baik. Kanser yang tidak dirawat boleh menyebabkan penyakit serius dan kematian.
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Oxygen Concentrator merupakan mesin oksigen yang unik dengan empat fungsi dalam satu mesin. Ia menghasilkan oksigen tulen melebihi 90 peratus dan fungsi-fungsi lain yang lebih praktikal untuk membantu mempercepatkan proses penyembuhan sesuatu penyakit.

“Kaedah penghasilan oksigen tulen tanpa isian semula dengan menyedut oksigen tulen di persekitaran semula jadi yang hanya 20 hingga 21 peratus kemudian ditapis menggunakan teknologi sistem penapisan udara yang berteknologi Jerman iaitu penapis HEPA, dimampat dan ditingkatkan kepada lebih 90 peratus ketulenan.

“Ia berperanan membantu menambahkan kepekatan oksigen didalam darah bagi memastikan sel mendapat bekalan oksigen sebagai nutrisi yang cukup seterusnya menggalakkan pertumbuhan sel secara normal bagi mengelak sel normal bertukar menjadi sel kanser,” jelasnya.
Selain bertindak sebagai mesin oksigen, ia juga bertindak menapis kotoran di dalam udara seperti habuk, asap, debunga, bahan-bahan terampai lain yang membawa kesan buruk kepada kesihatan malah

ia mampu menapis dan membunuh virus dan bakteria.
“Pengguna mesin oksigen kami mendapat kesan penyembuhan yang maksimum, lebih praktikal dan menjimatkan,” katanya.
Tambah beliau, ia mudah digunakan dan boleh digunakan di mana-mana sahaja seperti di pasaraya, ditempat-tempat rekreasi, dipejabat, didalam kereta dan di rumah.

Manfaat oksigen dalam kesihatan
Manfaat oksigen di dalam sudut kesihatan lain tidak kurang pentingnya kerana ia dapat membantu meningkatkan daya ingatan dan kecerdasan otak dan pelbagai penyakit yang lain. Selain itu, ia dapat membantu meningkatkan metabolisma tubuh, mencairkan darah serta menstabilkan tekanan darah. Oksigen juga berperanan membantu untuk memperkuatkan jantung dan sistem pertahanan tubuh, mencegah stres dan berfungsi sebagai anti penuaan, merawat luka besar, luka terbakar dan sesuai untuk ibu mengandung.
FG MOBILE juga sesuai untuk mereka yang sedang belajar, atlet sukan, golongan professional dan mereka yang bekerja diruangan terhad dan tertutup. Pihaknya berharap mesin oksigen dapat dijadikan alat bantuan kecemasan di rumah sebelum mendapatkan rawatan 
di hospital.

Kanser rahim mudah dikesan

Publication: My Metro
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Pada usia 26 tahun, Amelia tidak menyangka yang dia menghidap kanser rahim. Ia bermula apabila dia ingin mendapatkan rawatan kesuburan di hospital swasta disebabkan sukar hamil selepas lima tahun berkahwin.

Alangkah terkejutnya Amelia apabila selepas membuat pemeriksaan imbasan ultrabunyi, doktor mendapati terdapat perubahan pada bahagian dinding rahim yang menyebabkan dia terpaksa menjalani pemeriksaan biopsi iaitu pengambilan tisu rahim.
Memang benar seperti yang dijangka kerana terdapat sel kanser pada bahagian dinding rahim yang menyebabkan dia terpaksa menjalani rawatan. Mujur Amelia segera ke hospital kerana kanser masih berada pada tahap awal, jadi rawatan hanya menerusi ubat-ubatan dan bukannya pembedahan pembuangan rahim.

Menurut Pakar Ginekologi Onkologi Hospital Serdang Dr Andi Anggeriana Andi Asri, kanser rahim adalah salah satu kanser yang mampu dikesan seawal tahap satu. Malah bagi individu yang berusia di bawah 30 tahun, rawatan susulan mampu memberikan tahap penyembuhan pada kadar yang cepat serta tidak perlu menjalani pembedahan pembuangan rahim.

“Walaupun di Malaysia kanser rahim berlaku seawal usia 26 tahun, ia tidak berbahaya selagi pesakit mengetahui perubahan diri mereka dan mendapatkan rawatan awal. Semakin awal mereka mendapatkan rawatan, peratusan untuk pulih sepenuhnya sangat cerah,” katanya.
Rahim adalah organ reproduktif yang berfungsi sebagai tempat membesarnya janin atau kandungan. Organ ini berbentuk buah pear dan terdiri daripada bahagian badan (uterine body) dan bahagian pangkal rahim (serviks). Sempadan yang memisahkan bahagian badan rahim dan pangkal rahim dipanggil istmus.

“Apabila disebut kanser rahim, ia merujuk kepada kanser yang terjadi atau berasal daripada bahagian badan rahim. Ada dua bahagian utama badan rahim iaitu selaput dinding rahim ataupun endometrium dan dinding rahim yang terdiri daripada tiga lapisan otot dan stroma,” jelasnya.
Dalam bidang perubatan, terdapat tiga jenis kanser rahim iaitu selaput dinding rahim dinamakan kanser endometrium, kanser yang berasal daripada otot dinding rahim iaitu liomiosarkoma (Leiomyosarcoma) dan kanser yang berasal daripada kedua-dua komponen selaput dan dinding rahim dinamakan karsinosarkoma.

Kanser rahim mudah dikesan disebabkan tanda yang sangat jelas terutama selepas wanita itu menopaus iaitu selepas ketiadaan darah haid. Antaranya, pendarahan yang berlaku selepas menopaus. Kebiasaannya wanita mengambil mudah apabila selepas menopaus, mereka didatangi haid semula.

“Ramai mengambil mudah kerana menyangka ia darah haid. Sebab itu ada yang tidak mendapatkan rawatan dan membiarkan nya sehingga sel kanser merebak ke tahap empat. Sekiranya darah keluar semula selepas menopaus, sepatutnya mereka membuat pemeriksaan sebelum doktor mengesahkan sama ada ia penyakit serius atau tidak,” katanya.

Wanita yang secara tiba-tiba mengalami tempoh haid yang panjang serta jumlah haid yang banyak melebihi biasa juga dinasihatkan membuat pemeriksaan. Ia sesuatu yang normal sekiranya haid berlaku sekitar lima hingga tujuh hari namun sekiranya haid berpanjangan sehingga 14 hari, wanita harus mendapatkan rawatan segera kerana berkemungkinan ia adalah kanser rahim.
“Namun, ada juga bertanya saya mengenai haid yang tidak menentu. Ia bukanlah faktor utama sebaliknya golongan ini berisiko mendapat kanser rahim,” katanya.
Kanser rahim juga mempunyai kaitan yang sangat rapat dengan pengedaran serta kandungan hormon estrogen yang tidak seimbang atau dipanggil sindrom ovari polisistik (PCOS) iaitu gangguan hormon paling tinggi dalam kalangan wanita yang berada pada peringkat subur. Ia juga menjadi salah satu faktor ketidaksuburan wanita.

Antara ciri utama PCOS adalah ovulasi (proses bertelur) tidak berlaku atau tiada ovulasi yang tetap pada setiap bulan. Selain itu, peningkatan aras hormon androgen (hormon lelaki) yang berlebihan dalam badan wanita turut menjadi punca.
“Sindrom ovari polisistik tidak menunjukkan sebarang petanda awal seperti demam atau kesakitan, lantas ia tidak disedari penghidapnya. Kajian menunjukkan 90 peratus wanita yang mengalami haid tidak teratur me¬ngalami PCOS dan 30 peratus yang tidak mengalami haid langsung didapati menghidap PCOS,” katanya.

PCOS boleh dihidapi sesiapa saja, namun kekerapan berlaku lebih kerap kepada wanita berusia 20 hingga 30 tahun yang turut berisiko mendapat kanser rahim. Namun, faktor keturunan turut menjadi penyumbang kepada gejala berkenaan.

PCOS boleh mengganggu proses ovulasi dan penghasilan telur yang berkualiti daripada ovari, seterusnya menyebabkan wanita berkenaan mempunyai kitaran haid yang tidak menentu dan boleh mengganggu sistem badan yang lain seperti metabolisme dan sistem kardiovaskular. Mereka juga mempunyai bulu berlebihan di kawasan tertentu disebabkan ketidakseimbangan hormon ini.

“Wanita yang mengalaminya juga akan mengalami berat badan berlebihan atau obesiti namun ada juga yang terlalu kurus berpunca daripada ketidakseimbangan hormon ini. Begitu juga bagi mereka yang mengalami masalah keputihan yang serius perlu mendapatkan rawatan segera bagi memastikan ia tiada kaitan dengan penyakit lain,” katanya.

Rawatan kanser rahim
Rawatan untuk kanser rahim tahap empat hanya dapat dilakukan menerusi pembedahan pembuangan rahim termasuk tiub fallopio dan ovari. Untuk kanser tahap lanjut, pesakit dinasihatkan menjalani kemoterapi atau radioterapi bagi mengelak sel kanser merebak ke kawasan lain.
“Keadaan ini berbeza bagi mereka yang membuat pemeriksaan awal terutama wanita di bawah 30 tahun kerana pembedahan tidak perlu dilakukan. Kadar penyembuhan juga lebih cepat,” katanya.
Jelasnya, pembuangan rahim juga tidak mendatangkan kesan terutama kepada pesakit yang sudah menopaus. Namun bagi wanita yang masih muda mereka mungkin mengalami kesan perubahan hormon disebabkan menopaus seperti sering tertekan, cepat marah, menjadi lebih beremosi dan sukar mengawal perasaan.

“Bagi mereka yang merasakan perubahan begitu ketara sebelum dan selepas pembuangan rahim, sebaiknya mereka segera mendapatkan rawatan di hospital kerana ada ubat yang mampu meredakannya,” ujarnya.

Proses penyembuhan juga bergantung sejauh mana pesakit mampu menerima kenyataan atas apa yang diberikan. Pemikiran yang positif dan menerima kenyataan akan menjadikan mereka lebih kuat. Dalam hal ini, orang sekeliling terutama keluarga harus memberikan sokongan supaya pesakit tidak berasa keseorangan.

Perkara pertama yang perlu dilakukan adalah reda dengan ketentuan Tuhan dan menerima dengan hati terbuka. Mereka harus sedar kanser yang diberikan ini bukanlah satu musibah sebaliknya anugerah bagi membolehkan pesakit mendekatkan diri dengan Allah.

“Jika berasa keseorangan, babitkan diri dalam aktiviti bersama rakan yang mengalami nasib yang sama agar mereka saling memberi sokongan. Banyak badan bukan kerajaan seperti Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) dan Pusat Sumber dan Pendidikan Kanser (CaRE) Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) menyediakan pelbagai aktiviti untuk pesakit kanser seperti terapi seni dan kaunseling yang mampu memberikan semangat untuk mengharungi kehidupan. Waktu yang dilalui seharusnya diisi bersama keluarga supaya mereka dapat berasa betapa bermaknanya waktu yang ada ini,” katanya.

Affordable cancer treatment for the poor

Publication: MJN E-News
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CANCER is a disease that takes not only a physical toll on the patient but also their finances because of the cost of treatment and medication.

There are numerous non-governmental organisations in the country, many of which are headquartered in the Klang Valley, dedicated to helping cancer patients from poor families with these expenses.
Among them is National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), established in 1989.
NCSM president and medical director Dr Saunthari Somasundaram said the first charitable cancer treatment centre in Klang Valley had received more than 40,000 patients since it started operations
“The centre was the brainchild of founder Datuk Dr S.K. Dharmalingam, whose vision was to make treatment available to cancer patients at affordable rates.

“We aimed to offer affordable cancer treatment to patients to ease their burden,” said Dr Saunthari.
She said the organisation first began as a means to support Kuala Lumpur Hospital in treating its overwhelming large number of cancer patients.

“The centre provided timely treatment for those who needed it,” she said, adding that the alternative was private hospitals, which many patients could not afford.
Dr Saunthari said NCSM had teamed up with Tung Shin Hospital to run the centre so that it had convenient access to medical equipment.

“We would utilise the hospital’s pharmacy, wards and X-ray services,” she said.
“NCSM trained the centre’s staff and the private doctors were under our payroll.
“The charges for radiotherapy treatment were 50% to 70% lower than private medical centres.
“We were able to subsidise the treatment through the generosity of the public in donations,” she said.
Radiotherapy uses radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumours, while chemotheraphy uses drugs to kill the tumour and the surrounding cells.
Dr Saunthari said the NCSM centre in Tung Shin Hospital, however, ceased operations in October when its tenancy agreement ended following a six-month notice from the latter.
“The hospital is continuing with the cancer treatment services under its management,” she said.
When asked if NCSM would be opening a similar centre at a different location, she said they would have to look into the cost of setting up a new centre.

“The place has to be safe for radiotherapy and other treatments.
“If we do set up a new centre, it will be where the community needs it the most and it will be outside the city centre because there are already 12 centres offering radiotherapy in Kuala Lumpur,” she elaborated.
Dr Saunthari said NCSM was still focused on providing the best possible care and support to those affected by cancer through its other cancer centres — the Cancer and Health Screening Centre, Nuclear Medicine Centre, Resource and Wellness Centre, and the Children’s Home of Hope in Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur — as well as their branches in Penang, Ipoh, Seremban, Malacca, Johor Baru and Kuching.

Its Cancer and Health Screening clinic provides services including digital mammography, ultrasound, pap smear, bone density tests and supportive services such as counselling, breast prosthesis fittings and teaching of breast self-examination.
The NCSM Nuclear Medicine Centre is a centre for patients to undergo nuclear medicine imaging, which assists in providing diagnosis on cancer spread in organs and bones before initiating surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Also aiding cancer patients who cannot afford the required treatments is Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre-Makna Cancer Centre (UKMMC-MMC), a collaborative effort between National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) and UKM Medical Centre.
Makna communication head Lionel Lim explained that the cancer treatment centre, set up in 1999, was one of the largest in the country, comprising the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Oncology Ward, a radiotherapy unit, research facilities and a stem cell transplant unit.

“It enables even the poorest patients access to the best treatment facilities,” he said.
He said specialists at the centre were under the purview of UKMMC while its support staff including staff nurses, counsellors, ward aides and assistants were under Makna’s supervision.
“The support staff are paid a salary by Makna,” he explained.

Makna covers a number of areas involving patients’ treatment including transportation expenses, providing monthly financial assistance to poor patients, special chemotherapy drugs, and special equipment needed by patients.
“We allocate RM100,000 a year to purchase non-formulary drugs for patient’s use at the ward.
“The amount allocated annually for other purposes is RM10mil, which is to cover all patients helped by Makna seeking treatment at government hospitals nationwide,” he added.

Lim said whatever treatment fees paid by patients was pumped back into the centre’s operations and services.
“We also rely on individual and corporate donations to run the centre.
“In addition, we raise funds through our yearly projects such as the Makna Founders Night Run and Klimb for Kanser,” he said.
An NGO focused on the battle against breast cancer is the Pride Foundation. While it does not offer clinical treatment, it has set up a Pride Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) Clinic at its office in Section 5, Petaling Jaya.
“There are two types of routine screening for all women to detect breast cancer early — Breast Self-Examination (BSE) and Clinical Breast Examination (CBE).

“We realised that many women do not like to undergo mammograms.
“So at our clinic, experienced nurses will conduct free CBE, which is a first-level detection point, where they will examine the breasts and will tell whether a more detailed screening such as mammography, ultrasound or CT scan is needed,” said Pride chief executive officer Kamarul Aznam Kamarozaman.

He said the foundation relied on donations from the public and corporations to continue providing this service as well as other programmes such as awareness and empowerment programmes that were organised regularly.
“Our Pride Patient Fund (PPF) provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients with a monthly income of less than RM3,000, to help them pay for their treatment, medication and personal needs.
“There are two types of PPR payments, which are staggered monthly payment (RM500 per month for six months) and one lump sum payment (RM500 one-off).

“With the escalating medical cost these days, we realise that RM3,000 may not be enough to cover their entire medical cost, but it does help elevate some of the financial burden the patient experiences,” he said.
On how patients are selected for PPF, Kamarul said: “In addition to direct applications, we also receive many applications from breast cancer support groups nationwide as well as from referrals by breast cancer surgeons and doctors from all over the country.”

Perkim UniKL beri semangat baharu kepada pesakit

Publication: Utusan Online
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WAHAI umat manusia! Sesungguhnya telah datang kepada kamu al-Quran yang menjadi nasihat pengajaran daripada Tuhan kamu dan yang menjadi penawar bagi penyakit-penyakit batin yang ada di dalam dada kamu dan juga menjadi hidayah petunjuk untuk keselamatan serta membawa rahmat bagi orang-orang yang beriman. (Yunus: 57)

Kebajikan merupakan suatu perbuatan yang akan membawa kebaikan dan pertolongan di antara sesama Muslim. Setiap individu berusaha dan berlumba-lumba melakukan amalan soleh dan kebajikan serta menyegerakan berbuat sesuatu tanpa ditangguh-tangguh.

Sehubungan dengan itu, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Malaysia (Perkim) Kebangsaan bersama Kelab Perkim Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) berkesempatan menziarahi 100 pesakit di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (PPUKM), Jalan Yaacob Latib, Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.

Pada hari tersebut juga, Perkim Kebangsaan bersama 30 ahli Kelab Perkim UniKL menghulurkan buah tangan kepada pesakit sambil bertanya khabar.

Ketua Jabatan Ortopedik dan Traumatologi PPUKM, Prof. Madya Dr. Zamari Sapuan dalam ucapan aluannya berkata, program khidmat masyarakat itu secara tidak langsung memberi perangsang dan semangat positif kepada pesakit meneruzi aktiviti ziarah dan penyampaian buah tangan.

Jelas Dr. Zamari lagi terdapat empat wad di Jabatan Ortopedik iaitu wad tulang belakang dan sakit puan serta majoriti pesakit ditempatkan di situ mengalami kemalangan.
Rombongan ziarah telah diketuai Pegawai Dakwah dan Inovasi Perkim, Muhammad Farhan Tee Abdullah dan Yang DiPertua Kelab Perkim UniKL, Abdul Rahim Mohamed serta dibantu Pegawai Perhubungan Awam PPUKM, Norhayati Md Raji.

Muhammad Farhan berkata, program ziarah itu bertujuan untuk menyedarkan masyarakat tentang tanggungjawab sosial terhadap golongan yang memerlukan bantuan serta ia merupakan program berkala yang dilakukan di setiap hospital kerajaan dan swasta.

Mesej prihatin
“Mereka yang mengalami penyakit kronik perlu dikuatkan jiwa dan emosinya agar dapat dibina semula keyakinan diri mereka, meskipun diduga dengan masalah kesihatan.
“Kata-kata perangsang dan simpati merupakan suatu terapi yang boleh meringankan beban pesakit. tanpa berbekalkan semangat yang kuat, sudah pasti pesakit ini tidak mampu untuk mengharungi penyakit yang dihidapi itu,” jelas Muhammad Farhan.
Malah usaha ini bukan sahaja dapat merapatkan silaturahim, tetapi mengeratkan perpaduan tidak mengira agama, bangsa atau warna kulit.

Sekali gus mesej prihatin ini dapat membuka mata masyarakat betapa pentingnya amalan dan budaya menziarahi pesakit ini. Di samping melawat pesakit di Wad Spinal dan Wad Perempuan, rombongan turut mengunjungi pesakit yang menghidap kanser di Wad Onkologi Tengku Ampuan Afzan yang dikelolakan bersama Institut Kanser Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna) IKM – PPUKM. Wad tersebut memberi kemudahan yang komprehensif untuk pesakit kanser terutama yang kurang bernasib baik atau mereka yang kurang berkemampuan.

IKM-PPUKM sahaja yang merawat pesakit yang dirujuk oleh doktor-doktor kerajaan atau swasta dan kos pembayaran rawatan yang ditanggung oleh pesakit bergantung kepada kemampuan pesakit atau keluarga sama ada percuma, bayaran nominal atau bayaran penuh.

Rombongan juga dibawa melawat ke beberapa tempat di dalam PPUKM iaitu sudut informasi dan perkhidmatan kesihatan, farmasi satelit pediatrik, lobi pelawat dan klinik pesakit luar.
Mereka juga berharap kerjasama yang terjalin di antara PPUKM dengan Perkim akan terus dilakukan untuk memberi sokongan berterusan dan berharap agar Perkim dapat mendedahkan aktivitinya melalui pameran untuk maklumat umum.

Softlan® Anjurkan Kempen “We Stand by You” Sempena Bulan Kesedaran Kanser Payudara Sedunia

Publication: Wanista
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Sempena bulan Kesedaran Kanser Payudara Sedunia, Softlan® melancarkan kempen kesedaran tahunannya pada 27 Oktober yang lalu untuk membantu mendidik para pengguna dan keluarga mereka tentang pencegahan kanser payudara. Menurut Persatuan Onkologi Malaysia, kanser payudara adalah kanser paling biasa yang dihidapi wanita di Malaysia. Kempen daripada jenama tahun ini adalah, “We Stand by You”, yang menumpukan kepada sokongan terhadap pesakit kanser payudara dan mereka yang terselamat serta ahli keluarga mereka yang sering menjadi sumber kekuatan.

“Softlan® terus menyokong perjuangan ini kerana wanita melambangkan nadi sesebuah rumah serta merupakan pelanggan teras kami. Kami prihatin terhadap kesihatan dan kesejahteraan pengguna kami dan keluarga mereka, dan kempen ini bertujuan untuk mendidik serta menggalakkan wanita supaya membuat imbasan dan kerap memeriksa diri mereka sendiri,” kata Peter Torrington, Pengurus Besar, Colgate-Palmolive Malaysia.

Sebagai sebahagian daripada We Stand by You, Softlan® bekerjasama dengan Persatuan Kebajikan Kanser Payudara (BCWA), Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA), dan Persatuan Kanser Kebangsaan Malaysia (NCSM) untuk membantu meningkatkan kesedaran dan membuat komitmen untuk mengumpul dana dengan jumlah minimum RM100,000 sepanjang bulan ini. Dengan setiap pembelian pelembut fabrik Softlan®, 10 sen akan didermakan kepada rakan kongsi kebajikan jenama.

“Perang melawan kanser payudara ini memerlukan usaha gigih oleh banyak pihak, dan kami bertuah dapat bekerjasama dan menyokong BCWA, MAKNA, dan NCSM. Harapan kami adalah supaya dana ini nanti akan dapat membantu dalam bidang penyelidikan dan bantuan, dan agar semua rakyat Malaysia dapat bersama-sama kami mendidik dan memperkasakan wanita dalam kehidupan kita secara proaktif,” tambah Torrington.

Bagi menandakan pelancaran We Stand By You, Softlan® mengadakan “Pink Day Out” – acara yang mengumpul keluarga yang terselamat daripada kanser payudara dan meraikan perjalanan mereka ke arah kehidupan baharu dengan majlis makan tengah hari istimewa di Tropicana Golf & Country Resort. Ahli keluarga, terutamanya anak-anak, secara sukarela meluangkan masa dan usaha untuk belajar memasak dan menyediakan “menu bertema merah jambu” yang enak untuk ibu mereka.

“Saya sungguh terkejut dengan apa yang telah dirancang untuk hari ini dan sangat kagum bagaimana keluarga saya mampu melakukan ini semua tanpa pangetahuan saya. Mereka tidak pernah pun ke dapur dan bila saya tahu mereka benar-benar mencuba menyediakan hidangan ini, ia menjadi hadiah yang bermakna buat saya,” kata Noor Mazidah, 41, seorang yang terselamat dari kanser payudara.

“Saya rasa dihargai dan menjadikan saya sungguh gembira. Melawan kanser payudara bukan mudah tanpa sokongan daripada keluarga saya. Merekalah penawar kepada kesedihan saya. Saya akan sentiasa mengingati hari ini,” tambah Nor Hamizah binti Abdullah, 40 yang telah memerangi kanser payudara sejak tahun 2009.

Produk Softlan® boleh dibeli di semua pasar raya utama dan pasar raya hiper. Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang Softlan®, layari laman Facebook mereka diwww.facebook.com/SoftlanBCC.

Celebrating the Classics

Publication: Business Today
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Historic Motoring Ventures is pulling all the stops this year with its 5th installment of the ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival, revering the finest of vintage, classic and contemporary supercars from the region. The celebration, happening this coming 31 October to 2 November 2014, will see a transformation of the show from a historic-car based festival to a full-fledged motor event that will have car enthusiasts revving with excitement. The three-day festival is touted as the South East Asian incarnate of the highly acclaimed concours meets such as the Californian Pebble Beach Concours and Salon Prive from the United Kingdom.

“Malaysia proves to be one of the most conducive locations in Asia for an internationally-styled car show as the country is rich in its motoring culture, transportation infrastructure and people friendly tropical climate. It is our desire to place Malaysia on the world map of exotic motor events,” says Andrew Suresh, curator of Asia Klasika Motor Festival.

This year, ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival will be taking place at picturesque Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel and will see the introduction of luxury lifestyle elements to an automobile show similar to internationally acclaimed car shows in the North America and Europe.

The theme ‘A Gathering of Thoroughbreds’, is derived from the marques and models that are celebrating their anniversaries globally this year namely, Rolls Royce (110 years), Maserati (100 years), Ford Mustang (50 years), Porsche 911 Turbo (40 years), and a special tribute to MG, in its 90th year, so expect to see a fine display of those anniversary models at the festival.

In keeping with tradition, the main highlight of the show will be the showcase of fine automobiles from the “Royal Johor Automobile Collection” courtesy of the event’s Royal Patron, His Royal Highness The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, and is a must-see for car aficionados.
Also part of the festival will be the much sought after ‘Sultan Ibrahim Cup’, South East Asia’s most prestigious trophy for the cream of the crop of the region’s historic cars, personally presented by His Royal Highness, an advocate of the gentlemen sport of vintage and classic concours.

The additional components making its debut at this year’s ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival are Rally Klasika- a Tour d’ Elegance of Putrajaya, Super Marques Asia- a supercar show & shine competition and Retro Japan- a showcase of iconic Japanese collector cars.

The event organiser is also collaborating with the National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA) as its official charity partner throughout the festival, aiding the fight against cancer
Another grand feature of the festival is ‘The Pullman Sale’ – a collectors’ cars private treaty sales-show which is brought to you exclusively by Kuala Lumpur & Temasek Classic Automobiles Sdn Bhd. Collector car shoppers will be able to feast on newly imported cars from United Kingdom, Australia and Japan estimated to be valued at RM5 million collectively. Kuala Lumpur & Temasek Classic Automobiles Sdn Bhd is an establishment that provides end to end assistance in relation to classic and contemporary automobiles, from sale and purchase to detailing, restoration and maintenance.
Also hopping on the bandwagon are premium and exotic motorcycle brands, namely Indian, Victory and Ducati, bringing something to the table for the motorcycle fans and enthusiasts.

Definitely an event that is not to be missed, do head over to the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Hotel to witness the ASIA KLASIKA Motor Festival, a display of iconic automobiles from the region. Admission is Free.

Pink October @ The International School @ ParkCity

Publication: International School@Parkcity
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Pink October @ ISP is an annual school event in recognition of Cancer Awareness Month. The PTA @ ISP started the ball-rolling with a health talk for parents by Dr Evelyn Ho, who emphasized the importance of screening and awareness of breast cancer. Friday 10th October 2014, designated as ‘Pink Friday’, was a day when all students, parents and staff wore pink ribbons and dressed in pink to commemorate the occasion.

The Year 10 and Year 11 students even organized a ‘bake sale’ which raised more than RM 7,000 for MAKNA, the National Cancer Council of Malaysia. Pink Friday was concluded with a memorable assembly led by the Student Council @ ISP who summarized the day’s events, and included a visit from The Band of the Parachute Regiment from United Kingdom. ISP is very thankful to everyone at ISP who has contributed to Pink October so far as the school strives to support others in the community who are less fortunate.

Softlan launches breast cancer campaign

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In honour of World Breast Cancer Awareness month, Softlan has launched its annual awareness campaign to help educate consumers about breast cancer prevention.
This year’s campaign from the brand, “We Stand by You”, focuses on supporting breast cancer patients and survivors as well as family members who often serve as a source of strength.

To mark the launch of the campaign, Softlan held a “Pink Day Out” – an event that gathered families who have survived breast cancer and celebrated their journey towards survival with a private luncheon. Family members, specifically children were urged to volunteer their time and effort to learn how to cook and prepare a delicious “pink themed menu” for their mothers.
In a press statement, Softlan also cited research from the Malaysian Oncology Society that stated that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women in Malaysia. Softlan also partnered with the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA), National Cancer Council (MAKNA), and the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) to help raise awareness and has made a commitment to raise a minimum of RM 100,000 throughout this month. With every purchase of Softlan fabric softener, 10 cents will be donated to the brand’s charitable partners.

“Softlan continues to support this particular cause because women represent the heart of the home as well as our core consumers. We care about the health and well-being of our consumers and their families and this campaign aims to educate and encourage the women in their lives to screen and check themselves regularly,” Peter Torrington, general manager, Colgate-Palmolive Malaysia said.

Astro Bella Berlari Bersama MAKNA

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Sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara Oktober ini, Astro Bella (Saluran 133) dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) akan bergabung tenaga untuk meningkatkan kesedaran rakyat Malaysia berkenaan kanser payudara.
Sebagai saluran khusus memenuhi citarasa penonton wanita, Astro Bella akan melancarkan kempen Riben Pink sepanjang bulan Oktober sehingga ke hari larian MAKNA Founder’s Night Run (MFNR) yang akan diadakan pada 1 November 2014 di Kompleks Sukan Air, Presint 6, Putrajaya.

Bagi mengukuhkan lagi kerjasama antara Astro dan MAKNA, larian untuk kategori Terbuka Wanita 15KM dan Terbuka Wanita 10KM akan dinamakan Astro Bella Runs with MAKNA. Selebriti Astro dan artis komedi Super Lawak FC turut hadir untuk menjayakan acara larian tersebut.

“Saya mewakili pihak Astro Bella amat berbesar hati kerana dapat bekerjasama dengan pihak MAKNA untuk menjayakan larian MAKNA Founder’s Night Run pada 1 November nanti. Kami berharap agar ramai rakyat Malaysia akan hadir pada hari tersebut untuk memberi sokongan yang besar kepada perjuangan mereka,” ujar Pengurus Saluran Astro Bella, Cik Natasha Hashim.

Sepanjang kempen Riben Pink di Bella, para pelanggan Astro Bella dapat mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai barah payudara dengan menekan butang merah di alat kawalan jauh Astro. Ini adalah antara inisiatif Astro Bella untuk meningkatkan kesedaran orang ramai tentang kanser payudara yang merupakan kanser yang paling banyak menyerang wanita di Malaysia.

Selain itu, Astro Bella akan turut menyiarkan klip-klip temu bual bersama rakyat Malaysia yang terdiri daripada para doktor, penghidap kanser, bekas pesakit kanser dan juga artis-artis tempatan sepanjang bulan ini.
Selain itu, saluran Melayu Astro seperti Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro Citra dan Astro Mustika HD akan menayangkan 12 rancangan tempatan dan antarabangsa sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara ini. Antara program khas sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara adalah ‘Menuju Taubatan Nasuha’ (Astro Ria, Saluran 104), Nur Iman (Astro Prima, Saluran 105), Habibie & Ainun (Astro Citra, Saluran 131) dan What Women Keep in Silence (Astro Mustika HD, Saluran 134).

Astro Bella Berlari Bersama MAKNA

Publication: Karangkraf
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Sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara Oktober ini, Astro Bella (Saluran 133) dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) akan bergabung tenaga untuk meningkatkan kesedaran rakyat Malaysia berkenaan kanser payudara.
Sebagai saluran khusus memenuhi citarasa penonton wanita, Astro Bella akan melancarkan kempen Riben Pink sepanjang bulan Oktober sehingga ke hari larian MAKNA Founder’s Night Run (MFNR) yang akan diadakan pada 1 November 2014 di Kompleks Sukan Air, Presint 6, Putrajaya.

Bagi mengukuhkan lagi kerjasama antara Astro dan MAKNA, larian untuk kategori Terbuka Wanita 15KM dan Terbuka Wanita 10KM akan dinamakan Astro Bella Runs with MAKNA. Selebriti Astro dan artis komedi Super Lawak FC turut hadir untuk menjayakan acara larian tersebut.

“Saya mewakili pihak Astro Bella amat berbesar hati kerana dapat bekerjasama dengan pihak MAKNA untuk menjayakan larian MAKNA Founder’s Night Run pada 1 November nanti. Kami berharap agar ramai rakyat Malaysia akan hadir pada hari tersebut untuk memberi sokongan yang besar kepada perjuangan mereka,” ujar Pengurus Saluran Astro Bella, Cik Natasha Hashim.

Sepanjang kempen Riben Pink di Bella, para pelanggan Astro Bella dapat mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai barah payudara dengan menekan butang merah di alat kawalan jauh Astro. Ini adalah antara inisiatif Astro Bella untuk meningkatkan kesedaran orang ramai tentang kanser payudara yang merupakan kanser yang paling banyak menyerang wanita di Malaysia.

Selain itu, Astro Bella akan turut menyiarkan klip-klip temu bual bersama rakyat Malaysia yang terdiri daripada para doktor, penghidap kanser, bekas pesakit kanser dan juga artis-artis tempatan sepanjang bulan ini.
Selain itu, saluran Melayu Astro seperti Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro Citra dan Astro Mustika HD akan menayangkan 12 rancangan tempatan dan antarabangsa sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara ini. Antara program khas sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara adalah ‘Menuju Taubatan Nasuha’ (Astro Ria, Saluran 104), Nur Iman (Astro Prima, Saluran 105), Habibie & Ainun (Astro Citra, Saluran 131) dan What Women Keep in Silence (Astro Mustika HD, Saluran 134).

Astro Bella Berlari Bersama MAKNA

Publication: Sensasi Selebreti
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Sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara Oktober ini, Astro Bella (Saluran 133) dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) akan bergabung tenaga untuk meningkatkan kesedaran rakyat Malaysia berkenaan kanser payudara. Astro Bella, sebagai sebuah saluran yang khusus memenuhi citarasa penonton wanita, akan melancarkan kempen Riben Pink di Bella sepanjang bulan Oktober sehingga ke hari larian MAKNA Founder’s Night Run (MFNR) yang akan diadakan pada 1 November 2014 di Kompleks Sukan Air, Presint 6, Putrajaya.

Astro Bella dan MAKNA jalin kerjasama tingkatkan kesedaran terhadap kanser.
Bagi mengukuhkan lagi kerjasama antara Astro dan MAKNA, larian untuk kategori Terbuka Wanita 15KM dan Terbuka Wanita 10KM akan dinamakan Astro Bella Runs with MAKNA. Selebriti Astro bersama artis komedi Super Lawak FC akan juga hadir pada hari tersebut untuk menjayakan acara larian bersama bekas pesakit kanser dan anggota masyarakat yang mengambil bahagian. Objektif larian ini adalah untuk meningkatkan tahap kesedaran kanser di samping melibatkan masyarakat Malaysia dalam aktiviti sukan dengan tujuan pengumpulan dana.

Menurut Pengurus Saluran Astro Bella, Cik Natasha Hashim:

“Saya mewakili pihak Astro Bella amat berbesar hati kerana dapat bekerjasama dengan pihak MAKNA untuk menjayakan larian MAKNA Founder’s Night Run pada 1 November nanti. Kami berharap agar ramai rakyat Malaysia akan hadir pada hari tersebut untuk memberi sokongan yang besar kepada perjuangan mereka.”

Sepanjang kempen Riben Pink di Bella, para pelanggan Astro Bella dapat mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai barah payudara dengan menekan butang merah di alat kawalan jauh Astro. Ini adalah antara inisiatif Astro Bella untuk meningkatkan kesedaran orang ramai tentang kanser payudara yang merupakan kanser yang paling banyak menyerang wanita di Malaysia.
Selain itu, Astro Bella akan turut menyiarkan klip-klip temu bual bersama rakyat Malaysia yang terdiri daripada para doktor, penghidap kanser, bekas pesakit kanser dan juga artis-artis tempatan sepanjang bulan ini. Pengacara radio ERA fm Dina Nadzir dan Ira Mohd Amin adalah antara selebriti yang pernah kehilangan orang tersayang akibat kanser payudara dan mereka berdua akan berkongsi pendapat dan perasaan di sebalik pengalaman masing-masing.

Selain itu, sebahagian daripada saluran Melayu Astro seperti Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro Citra dan Astro Mustika HD akan menayangkan 12 rancangan tempatan dan antarabangsa sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara ini. Rancangan-rancangan ini akan ditayangkan pada hari Jumaat, 31 Oktober 2014. Antara program khas sempena bulan kesedaran barah payudara adalah ‘Menuju Taubatan Nasuha’ (Astro Ria, Saluran 104), Nur Iman (Astro Prima, Saluran 105), Habibie & Ainun (Astro Citra, Saluran 131) dan What Women Keep in Silence (Astro Mustika HD, Saluran 134).

“Kempen ini merupakan satu usaha untuk meningkatkan tahap kesedaran dan juga menghapuskan stigma terhadap kanser payudara melalui pendidikan simtom dan rawatan. Kami berharap peningkatan pengetahuan akan membawa kepada pengesanan awal kanser payudara, yang akhirnya mungkin dapat memanjangkan jangka hayat dan kualiti hidup penghidap kanser di samping menambah keupayaan untuk menghasilkan penawar yang diharapkan melalui dana-dana yang dikumpul,” tambah Cik Natasha lagi.

Teruskan sokongan anda kepada Astro Bella dan MAKNA, terutamanya kepada kempen Riben Pink di Bella sepanjang bulan Oktober sehingga ke hari larian MFNR sambil menikmati rancangan-rancangan khas yang telah disediakan.
Astro Ria (Saluran 104)
Menuju Taubatan Nasuha
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 10 pagi
Pengarah: Michael Ang
Barisan pelakon: Normah Damanhuri, Ryzal Jaafar, Puteri Balqis, Redza Rosli & Lia Natalia
Husni risau akan keadaan anaknya, Anum yang tidak dapat menerima kenyataan pemergian nenek kesayangannya lalu mengambil keputusan untuk mengupah seorang pelacur yang mirip seperti arwah untuk menyamar sebagai nenek Anum.

Dalam Hati Ada Taman
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 3 petang
Pengarah: Michael Ang
Barisan pelakon: Elfira Loy, Randy Pangalila dan lain-lain
Sebuah drama yang mengisahkan tentang Bella, yang berpakat dengan Randi untuk memalsukan pertunangan mereka demi menolak pernikahannya dengan Daniel.

Untuk Terakhir Kali
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 4.30 petang
Pengarah: Michael Ang
Barisan pelakon: Elfira Loy, Baim Wong dan lain-lain
Sebuah kisah cinta tragis yang mengisahkan tentang Aisyah dan Haris yang meniti saat-saat akhir percintaan pada ulangtahun perkahwinan pertama mereka akibat penyakit kanser Aisyah yang semakin memudaratkan.

Astro Prima (Saluran 105)
Hati Seorang Wanita
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 12 petang
Barisan pelakon: Noorkhiriah, Lisdawati, Zamarul Hisham & Azhan Rani
Kisah lara dua orang wanita yang bergelar ibu. Su memiliki seorang anak yang sedang menderitai barah hati manakala Julia pula seorang janda yang baru kehilangan suami dan anak tunggal mereka dalam suatu kemalangan jalan raya.

Nur Iman
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 2 petang
Pengarah: Fairuz Loy
Barisan pelakon: Azhan Rani, Dian P. Ramlee dan lain-lain
Kisah Nur Iman seorang ibu tunggal yang disahkan menghidap barah hati namun dengan bantuan Doktor Ridzuan, Nur Iman meredah segala halangan dan cabaran untuk terus hidup menyanggah maut demi satu-satunya anak yang dikasihinya.

Primadona – Keluarga Allahyarham Azean Irdawaty
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 4 petang
Pengarah: Astro Productions
Pengacara: Raja Azura, Rozita Che Wan & Erra Fazira
Rancangan bual bicara istimewa dari wanita kepada wanita ini mengenengahkan pelbagai isu semasa dan terkini tentang wanita, keluarga dan masyarakat. Salah satu daripada segmen episod ini menjemput ahli keluarga Azean Irdawaty yang melalui pelbagai cabaran emosi apabila seniwati tersebut melawankanser.

Penawar
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 4.30 petang
Pengarah: Astro Productions
Sebuah dokumentari yang memberi infomasi tentang Syifa, satu perubatan kaedah Islam yang memberi masyarakat pilihan selain perubatan konvensional untuk merawat pelbagai penyakit.

Astro Citra (Saluran 131)
Masih Adakah Cinta Kita
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 10 pagi
Pengarah: Emil G. Hampp
Barisan pelakon: Nadia Vega, Frans Nickolas, Baby Margaretha, Teddy Yudhistira & Bunga Elisabeth
Kisah rumahtangga Gilang sang playboy yang berubah apabila isterinya Bunga disahkan menghidap barah payudara.

Love, Nora
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 12 petang
Siaran serentak: Saluran Mustika HD (134)
Pengarah: Wong Ming Jin
Barisan pelakon: Yasmin Hani, Will Quah, Yana Shamsuddin dan lain-lain
Raoul yang kematian isteri, sering mendapat emel dari isterinya untuk terus tabah meneruskan hidup dan membina hidup baru.

Habibie & Ainun
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 5 petang
Siaran serentak: Saluran Mustika HD (134)
Pengarah: Faozan Rizal
Barisan pelakon: Reza Rahadian, Bunga Citra Lestari dan lain-lain
Sebuah filem biografi tentang kisah cinta bekas Presiden Indonesia, B.J. Habibie dan mendiang isteri beliau, Ainun.

50/50
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 7.15 malam
Pengarah: Jonathan Levine
Barisan pelakon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen dan lain-lain
Diinspirasikan dari kisah benar mengenai seorang lelaki berusia 27 tahun yang disahkan menghidap penyakit barah dan bagaimana beliau berusaha untuk melawan penyakitnya itu.

Astro Mustika HD (Saluran 134)
What Women Keep in Silence
Jumaat, 31 Oktober, 8 malam
Pengarah: Alberto Cervantes
Barisan pelakon: Gabriela de la Garza, Augusto Di Paolo & Mishelle Garfias
What Women Keep In Silence adalah antologi bersiri berkisar tentang masalah sosial feminisme di Mexico dan bagaimana isu-isu yang berlainan itu diatasi akhirnya.

RAPI Sebagai Majalah Rasmi MAKNA Founder’s Night Run 2014

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RAPI telah dilantik menjadi majalah rasmi untuk MAKNA Founder’s Night Run 2014 (MFNR) yang akan berlangsung pada 1 November ini di Kompleks Sukan Air, Presint 6, Putrajaya. Ia kembali diadakan untuk tahun kedua dan dianjurkan sebagai sebahagian daripada sambutan ulang tahun ke-20 MAKNA.

Dalam masa yang sama, acara Perhimpunan Wira Kanser turut akan diadakan oleh MAKNA sebagai menandakan penglibatan organisasi ini selama dua dekad yang memberi perkhidmatan dan bantuan kepada pesakit kanser dan orang ramai di Malaysia.

2 Oktober lalu, MAKNA telah mengadakan satu majlis untuk memperkenalkan para penaja dan rakan sokongan sempena larian ini di D-Villa Residence bermula jam 11 pagi. Puan Hafiza Mohd Zaferi, Penolong Pengurus Pemasaran dan Promosi Grup Majalah Karangkraf telah mewakili Rapi untuk majlis ini.

Lebih dari 5000 peserta telah mendaftar untuk larian tersebut. Tujuan MNFR adalah untuk mengumpul dana demi membantu pesakit kanser yang dibantu MAKNA. Sebagai majalah kesihatan nombor satu di Malaysia, Rapi sentiasa bersedia memberikan sokongan terhadap apa sahaja program yang melibatkan gaya hidup sihat.

Bagi anda yang telah mendaftar untuk larian ini, ayuh kita sokong MAKNA dan jumpa nanti di Putrajaya!

MAKNA Night Run Returns

Publication: The Sun Daily
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The National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) Malaysia will be organising a night run on Nov 1 in an effort to raise more than RM150,000 for its cancer patients.

The Makna Founder’s Night Run 2014, which will be held at Water Sport Complex, in Presint 6, Putrajaya, also marks the council’s 20th anniversary of providing services and assistance to cancer patients and their family members.

The run, which begins at 8pm, is divided into three categories: 15km for men and women open; 10km for men and women open; and a 5km joy run, with an estimated 5,000 runners participating in the run. The participation fee is RM30 each.

Makna deputy general manager Vemanna Appanah said that the targeted fund amount will be used to cover the treatment cost for the patients, equipment purchases and medicine.

“Up to date, we have collected a total of RM80,000, and we hope to collect RM150,000 or more from this event,” he told a press conference today.

Also present at the press conference were Makna founder and president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin and Makna general manager Farahida Mohd Farid.

Vemanna also said that before the run, the events ground will be open for various activities, including sales of food and beverages, mammogram screenings with discounted rates, as well as the “Jom Botak” event, where the public can get their heads shaved in support of cancer patients.

“We aim to break the existing record in the Malaysia Book of Records for the most head shaved (in an event),” he said.

At the same press conference, Farahida said that the council will hold a gathering for some 300 cancer patients, cancer survivors and their caregivers from all over the country at the Cempaka International Ladies College between Nov 1 and 3.

“Through this gathering, we just want to honour our patients, give them morale support and treat them as ‘Kings and Queens’”.

“We want to encourage them to not give up in facing the adversities and challenges in life,” she said.

Acara Majlis Makan Malam Dan Pendakian Kumpul RM152,600 Bagi Pesakit Kanser

Publication: Bernama
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KOTA KINABALU: The date September 4, 2014 will now be more meaningful for 24-year-old Ahmad Nazri Hamzah who lost his right leg to cancer.

Because on that day, he stood tall at the peak of the 4,095-metre tall Mount Kinabalu, accomplishing not only an achievement in cancer awareness, but also confirming the belief that determination is the key to achieving dreams, with or without cancer.

Ahmad Nazri’s cancer story began when he was just at the age of 14, after he fell down while playing football.

Following a series of medical check-ups at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM), he was then referred to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) Kubang Kerian in Kelantan after the swelling on his right knee was suspected to be a tumour in 2012.

The following three years saw Ahmad Nazri undergoing various treatments, including MRI and bone scans at the HUSM Kubang Kerian, and later seven chemotherapy treatments and seven surgeries, before it was confirmed that he had third stage bone cancer, and his leg had to be amputated through three other surgeries due to cancer cells beginning to spread to his lungs.
Losing a leg did not seem to stop the young lad from pursuing his love for sports, or from anything else for that matter.

Not only is Ahmad Nazri a diploma graduate in Business Studies from Politeknik Shah Alam, he is also an athlete in the national wheelchair basketball team.

“The three years that I had to get the series of treatments at HUSM Kubang Kerian meant I had to skip three years of school. But following successful treatments, and self-determination as well as support from my family, loved ones and Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA), I managed to repeat my Fourth Form and eventually sat for Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM), before being offered to further my studies,” he said.

He went on to represent Malaysia in the international-level wheelchair basketball in France, through the National Sports Council, of which he is currently an athlete.

One of the biggest support networks that helped Ahmad Nazri to get through is MAKNA which has been helping him ever since his journey with cancer began.

“MAKNA has always been assisting cancer patients who are not well-off, like myself,” said Ahmad Nazri, whose late father was a taxi driver.

“They contributed financially such as bearing transportation and accommodation costs, treatments, and also providing moral support, especially in a circle where everyone else knows exactly what it feels like to have cancer,” he shared.

That was what inspired Ahmad Nazri to sign up as a volunteer with MAKNA, as he wants to make a difference in the lives of other people, especially young people like him, who have cancer.

And he did not turn down the offer to scale Mount Kinabalu as a way to raise awareness and funds for cancer last year, through MAKNA’s ‘Klimb for Kanser’ (K4K) annual event, which proved to be more challenging than he initially thought.

“I initially doubted that I could do it but I managed to convince myself that I could, and I would have if it had not been for reaching the last checkpoint, Sayat-Sayat gate, 15 minutes after the gate closed at 5am sharp. “So this year, I set my eyes and goal to reach the peak, and learning from last year’s experience, I left Laban Rata much earlier than the rest of the team at about 1.30am.
“I reached the peak at about 5.30am and finally achieved what I had set out to do, not only taking cancer awareness to a higher level, but also to challenge myself and what I am capable of,” said the bubbly young lad, when met at the MAKNA volunteer appreciation dinner 2014 at the Pacific Sutera here last Friday.

Ahmad Nazri, along with 13 other MAKNA volunteers who came from as far as Bangladesh, Norway, Hong Kong, Kuching and West Malaysia, scaled Mount Kinabalu on September 3 to raise awareness and funds for cancer.
They were honoured and given recognition during the event, as well as all of MAKNA’s Sabah-based volunteers, for their significant contribution in achieving the organisation’s vision and missions.

There is a silver lining in every cloud, and there is a reason behind everything, even in cancer.”
“Accept what God has given us. But never give up on yourself,” said the optimistic young man.

Cancer survivor amputee conquers Mt Kinabalu

Publication: Borneo Post Online
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KOTA KINABALU: The date September 4, 2014 will now be more meaningful for 24-year-old Ahmad Nazri Hamzah who lost his right leg to cancer.

Because on that day, he stood tall at the peak of the 4,095-metre tall Mount Kinabalu, accomplishing not only an achievement in cancer awareness, but also confirming the belief that determination is the key to achieving dreams, with or without cancer.

Ahmad Nazri’s cancer story began when he was just at the age of 14, after he fell down while playing football.

Following a series of medical check-ups at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM), he was then referred to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) Kubang Kerian in Kelantan after the swelling on his right knee was suspected to be a tumour in 2012.

The following three years saw Ahmad Nazri undergoing various treatments, including MRI and bone scans at the HUSM Kubang Kerian, and later seven chemotherapy treatments and seven surgeries, before it was confirmed that he had third stage bone cancer, and his leg had to be amputated through three other surgeries due to cancer cells beginning to spread to his lungs.
Losing a leg did not seem to stop the young lad from pursuing his love for sports, or from anything else for that matter.

Not only is Ahmad Nazri a diploma graduate in Business Studies from Politeknik Shah Alam, he is also an athlete in the national wheelchair basketball team.

“The three years that I had to get the series of treatments at HUSM Kubang Kerian meant I had to skip three years of school. But following successful treatments, and self-determination as well as support from my family, loved ones and Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA), I managed to repeat my Fourth Form and eventually sat for Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia (SPM), before being offered to further my studies,” he said.

He went on to represent Malaysia in the international-level wheelchair basketball in France, through the National Sports Council, of which he is currently an athlete.

One of the biggest support networks that helped Ahmad Nazri to get through is MAKNA which has been helping him ever since his journey with cancer began.

“MAKNA has always been assisting cancer patients who are not well-off, like myself,” said Ahmad Nazri, whose late father was a taxi driver.

“They contributed financially such as bearing transportation and accommodation costs, treatments, and also providing moral support, especially in a circle where everyone else knows exactly what it feels like to have cancer,” he shared.

That was what inspired Ahmad Nazri to sign up as a volunteer with MAKNA, as he wants to make a difference in the lives of other people, especially young people like him, who have cancer.

And he did not turn down the offer to scale Mount Kinabalu as a way to raise awareness and funds for cancer last year, through MAKNA’s ‘Klimb for Kanser’ (K4K) annual event, which proved to be more challenging than he initially thought.

“I initially doubted that I could do it but I managed to convince myself that I could, and I would have if it had not been for reaching the last checkpoint, Sayat-Sayat gate, 15 minutes after the gate closed at 5am sharp. “So this year, I set my eyes and goal to reach the peak, and learning from last year’s experience, I left Laban Rata much earlier than the rest of the team at about 1.30am.
“I reached the peak at about 5.30am and finally achieved what I had set out to do, not only taking cancer awareness to a higher level, but also to challenge myself and what I am capable of,” said the bubbly young lad, when met at the MAKNA volunteer appreciation dinner 2014 at the Pacific Sutera here last Friday.

Ahmad Nazri, along with 13 other MAKNA volunteers who came from as far as Bangladesh, Norway, Hong Kong, Kuching and West Malaysia, scaled Mount Kinabalu on September 3 to raise awareness and funds for cancer.
They were honoured and given recognition during the event, as well as all of MAKNA’s Sabah-based volunteers, for their significant contribution in achieving the organisation’s vision and missions.

There is a silver lining in every cloud, and there is a reason behind everything, even in cancer.”
“Accept what God has given us. But never give up on yourself,” said the optimistic young man.

National Cancer Council honours volunteers

Publication: Borneo Post Online
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KOTA KINABALU: The National Cancer Council (MAKNA) volunteers were honoured at a ceremony here last Friday, including the 14 who went with five MAKNA staff to scale Mount Kinabalu to raise funds and awareness for cancer on September 3.
The Klimb for Kanser (K4K) 2014, dubbed the “Colours of Life and held for the third year, was participated by climbers from as far as Bangladesh, Norway, Hong Kong, Kuching and West Malaysia, including cancer survivor amputee, 24-year-old Ahmad Nazri Hamzah.

MAKNA deputy general manager Vemanna Appannah disclosed during the event on Friday that the campaign had raised RM131,000 which will be used to ensure uninterrupted supply of financial assistance, surgical equipment, liquid food, prostheses and prescribed drugs for cancer patients who cannot afford them.
The money also goes to young cancer survivors as educational scholarships.

“MAKNA has been assisting poor cancer patients for the past 20 years, which involves about 4,500 cancer patients a year,” said Vemanna.
“This occasion honours volunteers for their effortless commitments in voluntary works,” he said.

He disclosed that those who registered as volunteers have to undergo mandatory training which includes MAKNA introductory programme, basic nursing care I and II, home and hospital visits and cancer awareness and fund-raising activities.
A periodical assessment is monitored and volunteers are promoted to be leaders, to expand volunteer networks within their locality, enhancing social obligations and strengthen MAKNA’s presence locally.

During the ceremony on Friday, 30 volunteers received certificate of appreciation and eight were identified as potential volunteer Leaders, which identifies them as the next line of leaders who will be responsible for building volunteer teams in East Malaysia.
The eight are Matahari Ismail, Helmie Yusof, Christopher Ruddy Foong, Zainab Batin, Vasanthi Selvaraju, Elvinna Lanjim, Norazirah Ayob, Cherylyn Jurit, and Ak Azlan Pg Othman who were awarded with a blue vest each.

RM152,600 to assist cancer patients

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KOTA KINABALU: Majlis Kanser Negara (MAKNA) has collected funds totalling RM152,600 from its two campaigns namely “Climb for Cancer” and “Charity Night” to assist cancer patients in Malaysia.
Of the amount, RM131,000 was raised from “Climb for Cancer” while the rest was collected during the “Charity Night” held at the Pacific Sutera Harbour here last night.
“Climb for Cancer” is a campaign to raise funds to help cancer patients and at the same time create awareness of the disease and also of MAKNA.
All 19 volunteers who included five members of MAKNA and a former cancer patient Ahmad Nazri Hamzah reached the peak of Mount Kinabalu on September 3.

The volunteers who participated in the programme were not only from Malaysia (Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia) but also from Bangladesh, Norway and Hong Kong.
MAKNA deputy general manager Vemanna Appannah said all the funds collected will be used to help cancer patients in the country, especially the needy.
He said the financial aid would be used to ensure continued assistance for the purchase of surgical equipment, food and medicines.

“MAKNA would also use the funds to provide scholarship under its ‘Young Cancer Survivor’ programme for former patients to pursue their education to the tertiary level,” he said during the “Charity Night”.

Vemanna said MAKNA is a non-governmental organisation and has been assisting cancer patients in Malaysia for the past 20 years.
At the event last night, a total of 30 volunteers were honoured with appreciation certificates while another eight were appointed as “voluntary leader with potential” to lead the volunteer teams in Sabah and Sarawak.
The “voluntary leader with potential” were Matahari Ismail, Helmi Yusof, Christopher Ruddy Foong, Zainab Batin, Vasanthi Selvaraju, Elvinna Lanjim, Norazirah Ayob, Cherylyn Jurit and Ak Azlan Pg Othman.

RM131,000 raised from climb in aid of cancer patients

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Kota Kinabalu: A fundraising Mount Kinabalu climb, dubbed “Climb for Cancer”, by the National Cancer Council (Makna) raised more than RM131,000 in aid of cancer patients.
The effort, the third organised by the Council, involved five Makna staff and 14 volunteers who not only paid for the climb themselves but also raised an additional RM2,000 each to partake in the event held on Tuesday.
And thanks to a dedicated website, volunteers from as far as Bangladesh, Norway and Hong Kong also took part in the event.
Ahmad Nazri Hamzah, a cancer survivor and also a national disabled athlete, also made the 4,095-metre ascend which ended on Wednesday.
Makna’s Deputy General Manager, Vemana Appanah, said the number of climbers had grown each year, showing an increasing interest among concerned individuals in the fight against the disease.

“The climb signifies the determination to overcome difficulties. And having a cancer survivor, Ahmad Nazri, an amputee, to participate in it is one of our greatest achievements,” he said during the fundraising- cum-appreciation dinner held here on Friday night.

Ahmad Nazri, 24, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 14, is one of the beneficiaries of the Makna’s appeal.
Ahmad Nazri had just graduated from a polytechnic in the field of business and is a member of the national wheelchair basketball team.

To date, around 4,500 cancer patients have benefited from Makna aid and “no one has been turned down,” said Vemanna.

All the funds raised will be used to ensure an uninterrupted supply of financial assistance, surgical equipment, liquid food, prostheses, prescribed drugs for cancer patients and provide scholarships to young cancer survivors.
The fundraising dinner also saw 30 volunteers receiving their certificate of appreciation while eight of them were identified as Potential Volunteer Leaders, who will be responsible in building volunteer teams in East Malaysia.
It is understood all Makna volunteers have to undergo a mandatory training which includes Makna introductory programme, basic nursing care I and II, home and hospital visits, cancer awareness and exhibition and fundraising activities.
They also have to undergo a monitored periodic assessment and volunteers are promoted to become leaders and expand the volunteer network at their locality.

The eight potential leaders are Matahari Ismail, Helmie Yusof, Christopher Ruddy Foong, Zainab Batin, Elvinna Lanjim, Norazirah Ayob, Cherylyn Jurit Ak Azlan Pg Othman, who were awarded the blue vest in order to execute their duties effectively.
Makna, which was officially launched in 1995, was founded by the then Deputy Health Minister Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin, and it has collaborated with 92 hospitals nationwide and provided financial and medical aid to patients.
The appreciation dinner, meanwhile, raised some RM21,600 in aid of the Makna’s causes.

Kementerian Kewangan dinobat pemenang AIPM 2014

Publication: Kosmo
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PUTRAJAYA – Konsep horizon baharu penyampaian perkhidmatan melalui Pusat Transformasi Bandar (UTC) yang diperkenalkan oleh Kementerian Kewangan ternyata membawa tuah apabila ia dipilih sebagai pemenang Anugerah Inovasi Perdana Menteri (AIPM) 2014 sekali gus menggondol hadiah wang tunai RM1 juta.
Anugerah itu disampaikan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dalam Majlis AIPM 2014 di Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Putrajaya di sini hari ini.

Melalui UTC, kementerian itu menyediakan pusat sehenti yang berjaya menggabungkan antara 30 hingga 60 agensi kerajaan, swasta dan badan bukan kerajaan di bawah satu bumbung yang beroperasi dari pukul 8.30 pagi hingga 10 malam tujuh hari seminggu.

‘Melestarikan Inivasi, Memertabatkan Transformasi’ dipilih sebagai tema AIPM 2014 sebagai kelangsungan amalan inovasi dalam perkhidmatan awam dan menjadi tunjang kejayaan agenda transformasi negara serta pencapaian negara yang lebih memberangsangkan.
Majlis itu dianjurkan oleh Unit Pemodenan Tadbiran dan Perancangan Pengurusan Malaysia (Mampu).
Selain Kementerian Kewangan, antara finalis AIPM 2014 termasuk Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, Kerajaan Melaka dan Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran, Majlis Kanser Nasional, Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai. – KOSMO!

Dua waris ATM terima sumbangan BHPetrol

Publication: Sinar Harian
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KUALA LUMPUR – Syarikat Bousted Petroleum Marketing Sdn Bhd (BHPetrol) hari ini menyampaikan sumbangan masing-masing berjumlah RM10,000 kepada dua keluarga anggota tentera yang terkorban ketika bertugas di Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Naib Pengerusi Boustead Holdings Berhad, Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin yang juga Ketua Lembaga Eksekutif Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) berkata, mereka adalah Allahyarham Koperal Ahmad Hurairah Ismail, 24, dan Allahyarham Koperal Ahmad Farhan Ruslan, 21, yang masing-masing diwakili bapanya.

“Allahyarham Ahmad Hurairah terkorban semasa pertempuran dengan pengganas di Kampung Tanjung Batu pada 12 Mac 2013 dan Allahyarham Ahmad Farhan terkorban dalam kemalangan jalan raya semasa operasi di Lahad Datu pada tarikh sama,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas acara larian tahunan BHPetrol ‘Orange Run’ di Plaza E-Curve di sini, hari ini.

“Sumbangan ini adalah hasil kutipan syarikat dan peserta larian hari ini. Diharap bantuan ini dapat meringankan beban anggota keluarga mangsa menjalani kehidupan seharian,” katanya.

Larian tahunan BHPetrol kesembilan itu turut mendapat kerjasama Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Petaling Jaya, Majlis Perbandaran Petaling Jaya dan Affin Bank, Majlis Kanser Nasional dan Good Samaritan Home.

Turut hadir Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (JHEV) Mejar Jeneral Datuk Wira Mohd Noor Daud.

Sementara itu, bapa kepada Ahmad Hurairah, Ismail Husin dan bapa kepada Ahmad Farhan, Ruslan Hassan, melahirkan penghargaan kepada rakyat Malaysia yang menyampaikan sumbangan bagi menghargai jasa dan pengorbanan anak mereka. – Bernama

Aplikasi inovasi sosial dalam proses transformasi negara – PM

Publication: Utusan Online
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NAJIB Tun Razak menyampaikan Anugerah Inovasi Perdana Menteri 2014 kepada Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah (tiga dari kiri) dan Aminuddin Hassim (tiga dari kanan) dalam majlis penyampaian anugerah itu di Putrajaya, semalam. Turut kelihatan, Mah Siew Keong (dua dari kiri) dan Ali Hamsa (dua dari kanan). – BERNAMA
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PUTRAJAYA 5 Sept. – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mahu inovasi sosial turut diaplikasikan dalam proses transformasi negara kerana pendekatan tersebut boleh memberi kesan kepada kehidupan rakyat.
Perdana Menteri berkata, inovasi sosial walaupun berbeza dengan inovasi dalam bentuk lain seperti inovasi penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) atau inovasi produk namun peranannya cukup besar khususnya kepada rakyat.

“Saya hendak katakan bagaimana kita boleh membawa transformasi dan kemudian kesannya boleh dirasai oleh rakyat. Di sini letaknya konsep inovasi sosial dan sekiranya kita sebut mengenai inovasi banyak yang melihat kepada inovasi dari segi R&D atau inovasi dari segi produk.
“Inovasi sosial sebenarnya merupakan salah satu cabang yang boleh membawa kesan inovasi (secara langsung) kepada rakyat,” katanya ketika berucap pada Majlis Anugerah Inovasi Perdana Menteri 2014 di Pusat Konvensyen Antarabangsa Putrajaya (PICC) di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Mah Siew Keong; Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim; Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa; Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal dan Ketua Pengarah Unit Pemodenan Tadbiran Dan Perancangan Pengurusan Malaysia (Mampu), Datuk Omar Kaseh.
Mengulas lebih lanjut, Najib berkata, dalam usaha mengaplikasikan inovasi sosial di negara ini terdapat dua ciri utama yang perlu dilaksanakan.

“Pertama, inovasi sosial menerusi pendekatan eksperimen iaitu penciptaan idea-idea baharu perlu dibahaskan, diuji kaji, diciptakan prototaip dan dijalankan projek perintis tanpa perlu takut kepada percubaan berulang atau kegagalan bagi mendapatkan hasil terbaik,” katanya lagi.

Beliau berkata, ciri kedua pula adalah memperluas saluran dan akses rakyat sebagai pengguna perkhidmatan untuk menyatakan kehendak serta jangkaan mereka terhadap penyampaian perkhidmatan kerajaan.
Sementara itu, Pusat Transformasi Bandar (UTC) di bawah Kementerian Kewangan dinobat sebagai pemenang Anugerah Inovasi Perdana Menteri 2014 (AIPM 2014) dan menerima hadiah wang tunai sebanyak RM1 juta, trofi dan sijil penghargaan daripada Najib.
Ketua Setiausaha Perbendaharaan, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Irwan Serigar Abdullah dan Timbalan Pengarah Kanan Unit Strategi Nasional, Kementerian Kewangan, Dr. Aminuddin Hassim menerima hadiah tersebut sebagai wakil UTC.
UTC berjaya mengalahkan enam pesaingnya di peringkat akhir iaitu Kementerian Kesihatan, Kerajaan Negeri Melaka serta Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Melaka, Majlis Kanser Nasional, Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan; Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya dan Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai.

Sementara itu, Mohd. Irwan Siregar ketika ditemui selepas majlis anugerah tersebut berkata, kewujudan UTC benar-benar memberi kesan kepada rakyat kerana memudahkan mereka berurusan dengan agensi-agensi kerajaan khususnya selepas waktu bekerja.
Pada masa ini, terdapat lapan UTC iaitu di Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Perak, Pahang, Johor, Sabah dan Sarawak manakala satu UTC mini di Sentul (Kuala Lumpur) dengan kehadiran pelanggan sebanyak 1.7 juta sehingga Julai lalu.

Source: Sin Chew

Vono unveils special-edition mattress in support of ‘Pink Ribbon’ cancer awareness campaign

Publication: Borneo Post Online
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KUCHING: Renowned bedding manufacturer Vono has launched its special-edition pink ‘Flora.My’ mattress to support the ‘Pink Ribbon’ cancer awareness campaign.

Sim, Perabot Bahagia representative Tan Eng Kuang, Maya, Hilding Anders Malaysia managing director Michael Teoh and Makna representative Yusof Mohd Aris ready to launch Vono’s special-edition ‘Flora.My’ mattress, designed specially for the Pink Ribbon campaign.
The campaign, running between Aug 23 and Oct 31, aims at raising funds for the National Cancer Council (Makna).

On Vono’s part, it will sell 300 ‘Flora.My’ mattresses through its distributor, Perabot Bahagia, at 17 outlets in Klang Valley.
Moreover, Vono will donate RM38 from every sale of ‘Flora.My’ mattress throughout the campaign period to Makna.
“Vono would like to highlight healthcare to the public and at the same time, support the cancer survivors through the Pink Ribbon campaign,” said Hilding Anders Malaysia marketing manager Sim Soo Chia.

Employees of Vono and Perabot Bahagia would also come together in supporting this year’s Pink Ribbon. The collaboration between the two companies and Makna on raising cancer awareness among the public as well as gathering funds to assist financially-challenged cancer patients.
The campaign, which was launched on Aug 23 at Perabot Bahagia, Seksyen 9, Shah Alam, also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

At the event, there were free clinical breast examination and mammograms for the public, as well as a free health talk.
The crowds were entertained by Maya Karin, who is also Vono’s ambassador.
The actress-singer shared her knowledge on healthy lifestyle and tips on choosing the right mattress for a better sleep.
Built with unique Intalok Spring System and high quality upholstery materials, Vono’s ‘Flora.My’ mattress is available at RM999 for Queen size, and RM1,199 for King size. Each comes with a 15-year warranty.
For more information, logon to www.vono.com.my.