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.