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

Publication: New Sabah Times
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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

Publication: Daily Express
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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.