Makna brings breast cancer awareness to Felda schemes

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Felda scheme residents in the state are urged to go for regular tests to check for breast cancer.
Felda Palong 7 and 8 clinic health panel member, Mohd Noor Wahid said it was tragic that when they did finally go for a test, the cancer would have reached an advanced stage.

“Don’t take the matter lightly. Do a test immediately, before it’s too late,” he urged, at the launch of the National Cancer Council (Makna) Breast Cancer Mobile Screening Test programme at Felda Palong 7 Secondary School in Jempol, east of Seremban.

Mohd Noor, who is the programme coordinator, said men were also susceptible to breast cancer.

“This programme is conducted to educate Felda residents about breast cancer to save lives,” he said.

Makna service department deputy chief Nisha-Sanita Mohd Norha said the programme targeted women without breast cancer.

“Our targets are non breast cancer patients, women aged 40 to 65 and those with a history of cancer in the family,” she said.

Makna is a not-for-profit social enterprise tasked to pool and utilise every effort, expertise and welfare from every faction of society to fight cancer and to reduce the pain, suffering and morbidity that cancer patients often experience.
It aims to provide curative and preventive care, cancer research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public. – December 24, 2015.

Ultimate Shave Off Sempena MOVEMBER MAKNA

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Kempen Movember kini semakin menjadi perhatian ramai warga kota dalam menyokong kempen badan-badan terlibat dalam memberikan sokongan moral dan juga derma bagi menyokong aktiviti MAKNA dan beberapa badan lain yang telibat dalam penyakit Kanser. MrJocko kali ini terlibat dalam Ultimate Shave Off sempena MOVEMBER MAKNA.

Bersama beberapa rakan dari Ducati Club Malaysia, MrJocko dan rakan-rakan berkonvoi dari Solaris Mont Kiara menuju ke Great Eastern Mall Ampang bagi menyokong usaha penaja terutamanya MAKNA sempena kempen kesedaran penyakit Kanser ini.


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MOVEMBER sebenarnya dikenali juga dengan nama Moustache dan November. Ia dimulakan di Australia pada tahun 1999, di mana ia bertujuan meningkatkan kesedaran tentang penyakit Kanser dan langkah-langkah pencegahan khas untuk kesihatan orang lelaki termasuk kanser prostate dan juga penyakit berkaitan kanser yang lain.

Tahun ini, pihak Truefitt & Hill turut berkerjasama dalam menyokong usaha murni ini. Tahun ini Truefitt & Hill, salah sebuah ‘outlet barber shop’ yang terkenal di dunia menawarkan sesi ‘cukur’ percuma kepada rakan-rakan yang turut sama menyertai kempen ini. Truefitt & Hill memperkenalkan ‘The Ultimate Shavine Experience’ kepada mereka-mereka yang ini merasai pengalaman bercukur dengan kepakaran tukang cukur terbaik dari Truefitt & Hill.

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Selama sebulan lebih MrJocko tidak bercukur, terasa memang agak rimas. Maklum la, MrJocko jarang simpan Jambang dan Misai. Selalunya MrJocko simpan janggut sahaja. Kini selepas sebulan lebih, terasa semua panjang dan agak merimaskan. Tetapi demi menyokong usaha dan kempen kesedaran penyakit Kanser kepada kaum lelaki khasnya Kanser Prostate dan juga penyakit kanser lain, MrJocko teruskan.

Kini, tiba masa untuk bercukur dan Alhamdulillah, tajaan bercukur kali ini diberikan oleh pihak Truefitt & Hill, jenama Barber Shop pertama di dunia yang kini anda boleh dapati di Malaysia. Untuk info, anda boleh mencuba pengalaman bercukur dengan selesa di Truefitt & Hill di lokasi outlet Great Eastern Mall Ampang, Bangsar Shopping Center dan juga JW Mariott Kuala Lumpur.

Sempena dengan event The Ultimate Shave Off Movember ini juga, pihak Rainbow Team telah menyerahkan sejumlah RM200,000 sumbangan hasil kutipan mereka sejak September hingga November 2015. Ia di serahkan sendiri oleh Rainbow Team Leader Dato’ Dr Arunan Selvaraj kepada pihak MAKNA.

Berkenaan MAKNA, sehingga hari ini, lebih dari 450,000 pesakit kanser menerima bantuan dari pihak MAKNA. Sejak dari itu, MAKNA telah membelanjakan lebih dari RM63 juta untuk tujuan kos perubatan dan berkaitan untuk pesakit kanser di seluruh Malaysia.

Sehingga hari ini, ada lebih dari 200 Volunteer yang aktif dalam membantu operasi dan menganjurkan lebih dari 150 aktiviti atau inisiatif setiap tahun.

Tidak lupa, sejak dari tahun 2000 lagi, MAKNA memperuntukkan lebih RM10 juta untuk tujuan research & development dalam usaha membantu pesakit kanser. Dalam masa yang sama, pihak MAKNA berkerjasama dengan pihak Akademi Sains Malaysia dengan belanja sebanyak RM1.2 juta dalam pembangunan penyelidikkan saintis muda sejak tahun 2001.

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang MAKNA, sila layari laman web rasmi https://www.makna.org.my

#Movember Selepas 2 bulan, penyampai Astro AWANI akhirnya bercukur

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KUALA LUMPUR : Selepas dua bulan berjambang, penyampai Astro AWANI Syah Hairizal akhirnya bercukur dalam satu acara kemuncak yang dilakukan secara beramai-ramai hari ini.

Syah meyimpan misai dan janggut untuk tempoh dua bulan bagi menyatakan sokongan kami kepada kempen #Movember anjuran Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA).

Kempen itu dilancarkan bagi memberikan kesedaran tetang kanser prostat dan kanser testis untuk meraih dana.

Acara kemuncak kempen tiga bulan “Movember-The Ultimate Shave off’ berlangsung pagi ini, di Great Eastern Mall di Ampang.

Menurut MAKNA, pelancaran kempen ini berjaya membawa objektifnya malah dana yang besar juga telah diperolehi menerusi kempen Movember ini.

Difahamkan, MAKNA berjaya meraih dana sebanyak RM180,000 sementara ketua kumpulan sukarelawan Rainbow, Dato’Dr Arunan berjaya memungut dana sebanyak RM 20,000 yang membawa kepada jumlah kutipan sebanyak RM200,000.

Lebih membanggakan, jumlah kutipan yang diperolehi menerusi kempen ini telah membatasi sasaran mereka iaitu sebanyak RM 130,000.

“Ia sungguh menggembirakan untuk melihat tahap sokongan yang diberi oleh semua lapisan masyarakat sejak dari mula lagi.

“Usaha kerjasama selebriti, artis, orang ramai, ahli korporat, dan juga bekas pesakit kanser yang telah menyumbangkan kreativiti serta masa mereka telah menjayakan kempen ini.” Kata Pengurus Besar MAKNA, Farahida Mohd Farid.

Selain Syah, kempen ini turut menerima sokongan daripada RJ MIX FM, Rod Monteiro, Celebrity chef, Micheal Imran, RJ Minnal FM, Theivegan dan Pengarah Eksekutif Blublack Productions, Sha’arin Razali.

Peserta-peserta kempen ini telah dicukur oleh Truefitt & Hill, yang merupakan penaja rasmi bagi kempen kesedaran ini.

Datuk Dr Arunan juga mengucapkan terima kasih kepada penjana mereka yang telah menghulurkan sokongan untuk menjayakan kempen ini.

“Tanpa sokongan dan sumbangan mereka, kempen ini sudah pasti tidak akan kejayaan,” kata Dr Arunan.

Antara penaja mereka ialah Truefitt & Hill, Golden Screen Cinema Sdn Bhd, MIX FM, Great Eastern Mall serta Ducati Club Malaysia.
Kempen Movember dimulakan di Australia pada 1999 bagi meningkatkan kesedaran terhadap isu kesihatan lelaki termasuk kanser prostat.

Di Malaysia, beberapa pertubuhan dan individu sudah menyokong kempen ini atas inisiatif mereka sendiri.

Going bald for a good cause

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THE University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) ceo and provost Prof Christine Ennew was cheered on and supported by staff and students recently as they gathered to watch her head being shaved. She had earlier pledged to do so if RM20,000 was raised as part of the Jom Botak campaign organised by the university’s Ace Society and the National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna).

“Our students have been fundraising to help Makna enhance treatment and support for cancer sufferers from disadvantaged backgrounds giving them the best possible chance to fight the disease.
“They have worked hard and I wanted to offer them my support in the best way I could.
“It’s a small price to pay to be able to raise so much to support this important cause,” said Prof Ennew.
The Jom Botak campaign was held for the fourth consecutive year at UNMC from Oct 28 to Nov 5, to raise funds, increase awareness and show support to cancer patients throughout Malaysia.
“We have raised over RM20,000. Money continues to come in. We were thrilled to get Prof Ennew on board towards this pledge,” said UNMC Jom Botak campaign organising chairman and second year international business management student He Manli.

Several staff members and students also got their heads shaved as part of the campaign while others donated towards the individual pledges.

“I was very pleased to take part in thes initiative,” said Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz from the School of Geography.

Donors can contribute to the campaign until Nov 30 at http://simplygiving.com/jombotakshaveforlife

LeBlanc Communications employees shave it off for cancer awareness

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LeBlanc Communications Sdn Bhd today launched the Shave It Off campaign, with the participation of TFP Solutions Bhd and Malaysia National Cancer Council (Makna), to raise awareness of the risks of cancer.
LeBlanc Communications managing director Kuna Muno and TFP Solutions group managing director Quah Tek Jin joined 21 employees in fulfilling their pledge to shave their heads to show solidarity with cancer patients.
Kuna, who recently lost a family member to cancer, said there should be better awareness of the disease which affected many Malaysians as early detection could save lives.

“Our understanding of the seriousness of the matter drove us to help not only our people, but other cancer patients as well with the Shave It Off: In support of cancer awareness campaign.
“We look forward to a lasting relationship with Makna as we hope to be more involved in the effort to spread awareness and help make things better for those in need,” he said.

The provider of end-to-end wireless telecommunications network infrastructure raised RM165,000 for Makna’s awareness programmes through the campaign.

Muno said the sum was raised from individuals and organisations through the volunteers’ pledges to shave their heads in sympathy with cancer patients, who tended to suffer hair loss as a side effect of their treatments.
The volunteers were shaved by a barber on stage in front of a crowd shouting encouragement today. – November 20, 2015.

Professor Christine Ennew goes bald for cancer awareness

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Professor Christine Ennew, CEO and Provost of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) pledged to shave her head if RM 20,000 was raised as part of the Jom Botak campaign organised by Ace Society of UNMC and MAKNA.

“Our students have been fundraising to help MAKNA enhance treatment and support for cancer suffers from disadvantaged backgrounds giving them the best possible chance to fight this devastating disease. They have worked tremendously hard and I wanted to offer them my support in the best way I could. It’s a small price to pay to be able to raise so much to support this important cause,” said Professor Ennew.
The “Jom Botak” campaign is running for the fourth year in UNMC to raise funds, to increase awareness and to show support to cancer patients throughout Malaysia. This year the campaign ran from 28 Oct to Nov 5.
“We have raised over RM 20,000 and money continues to come in and on November 5 we were thrilled to get our CEO on board towards this pledge,” said He Manli, the Organising Chairperson of Jom Botak who is an 2nd year international business management student at UNMC.
Several staff members and students also got their heads shaved as part of this campaign while others donated towards the individual pledges.
“I was very pleased to participate in this initiative by MAKNA and UNMC’s student association. In Malaysia there is a risk that 15 percent of people would suffer from cancer before the age of 75. Early cancer diagnosis saves many lives. For this reason, awareness and campaigns like Jom Botak are very important,” said Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, who went bald and is also growing a beard in conjunction with Movember.
“At the University we are hugely supportive of initiatives which are student led and bring benefits to our broader community, so losing hair, which will soon grow is something is really not too difficult to do,” Professor Ennew said after having her head shaved at the Student Association Circle on November 17.

Professor Ennew received the cheers and support by many students and staff who gathered at 1 pm on November 17 to witness a bold move by the CEO and Provost of UNMC to show her support towards those affected by cancer.
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The campaign involved a “Go Bald Auction” which was opened for members of staff and students at UNMC. The participants were required to be included in an auction list with a pre determined price tag. When the said auction amount had been reached, the participant shaved his or her head.
Donors are welcomed to donate until November 30 via the http://simplygiving.com/jombotakshaveforlife.
Jom Botak Campaign in 2012.

About Jom Botak
Jom Botak simply means to go bald, an initiative by MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional) to get involved in the fight against cancer. For more information on starting your own Jom Botak campaign please consult: http://www.peoplegiving.org/makna-jom-botak.

UNMC’s 15th Anniversary
One of the world’s truly global universities, with campuses in Malaysia, the UK and China, 2015 marks the 15th year since setting up as UK’s first full-fledged international campus in Malaysia and all three campuses continue to enrich the lives of students across the world through global education, ground-breaking research and community engagement.
(Article Image: Professor Christine Ennew with (from left to right) UNMC Student Association President, Muhammadh Aqeel Shums Deen and Afrah Ismail, SA Vice President.)

Ukir senyuman pesakit kanak-kanak

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SUASANA ketika menerima rawatan hemodialisis pada pagi itu sedikit suram buat si genit Airen Nurain Nazemir, 8, apabila bayang-bayang sang penghibur tidak muncul di wad kanak-kanak Hospital Selayang, Selangor.

“Mana Doktor Badut? Kenapa dia belum datang lagi? Doktor Badut janji nak datang hari ini tapi kenapa tak sampai lagi,” tanya Airen Nurain kepada ibunya dengan perasaan sedikit kecewa.

Sambil menanti kehadiran sang penghibur, dia bermain permainan video di telefon pintar.
Ketika sedang leka dengan telefon pintarnya kelihatan kelibat seorang lelaki berpakaian putih dan berhidung merah muncul di bilik rawatan tersebut.
Wajah Airen Nurain yang muram terus tersenyum riang sebaik melihat sang penghibur muncul bersama seekor maskot burung berwarna hijau.

“Doktor kenapa lambat? Saya nak doktor menari ikut lagu ini,” pintanya kepada sang penghibur.

Tanpa melengahkan masa Doktor Badut tersebut memenuhi permintaan anak kecil itu.
Riak wajah Airen Nurain kelihatan seperti kanak-kanak normal, namun di sebalik setiap senyuman di wajahnya seakan-akan mahu menyembunyikan kesakitan yang dialaminya setelah disahkan menghidap penyakit buah pinggang sejak berumur dua tahun.
Menjadi rutin harian Airen Nurain untuk datang ke Hospital Selayang tiga kali seminggu bagi menjalani rawatan dialisis.
Menurut ibunya, Siti Mahfuzah Makpol, 38, pada hari Isnin, Rabu dan Jumaat Airen Nurain akan ke hospital itu bagi menerima rawatan.

“Rabu adalah hari yang ditunggu-tunggunya kerana dia akan berjumpa dan dihiburkan oleh Doktor Badut.
“Saya turut gembira setelah melihat senyuman terukir di wajahnya setiap kali berjumpa Doktor Badut,” jelasnya.

Walaupun memiliki Ijazah Kejuruteraan Kimia dari Universiti Bradford, England insan bernama Iskandar Syah Ismail, 39, atau dikenali sebagai Doktor Badut lebih gemar melakukan kerja amal dengan menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak.
Menurut Iskandar Syah, jiwanya lebih suka melakukan kerja amal dan dia memperoleh satu kepuasan berharga apabila dapat menceriakan pesakit kanak-kanak di hospital.

“Walaupun kerjaya ini tidak menjanjikan pendapatan yang lumayan tetapi ia memberi kepuasan kepada saya apabila dapat mengurangkan seketika penderitaan yang dialami oleh pesakit kanak-kanak,” jelasnya.

Tambahnya, idea untuk menjadi Doktor Badut ini tercetus ketika menjadi sukarelawan di Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna).
Ketika berkhidmat dengan Makna, dia sering melawat wad kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit kanser.

“Saya boleh rasakan mereka bosan di hospital tetapi akan mengukir senyuman bila dihiburkan,” katanya.
Pada tahun 2000, Iskandar Syah terbang ke Amerika Syarikat dengan perbelanjaan sendiri bagi mengikuti program Doktor Badut.
“Setelah mendapat tahu bahawa di Amerika Syarikat ada program Doktor Badut yang beroperasi sejak 1986, saya memutuskan untuk mendalami ilmu di sana.
“Saya mempelajari ilmu dan teknik untuk menghibur serta berinteraksi dengan kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit serius,” ujarnya.

Selain itu, Iskandar Syah juga pernah ke Australia dan Sepanyol untuk mempelajari kaedah Doktor Badut di negara tersebut.
Tambahnya, Doktor Badut sebenarnya mempunyai kepentingan dalam perkembangan positif buat pesakit terutamanya kanak-kanak yang menghidap penyakit kronik dan kritikal seperti kanser.
Tujuan utama Doktor Badut adalah membantu pesakit melupakan seketika penderitaan yang dialami mereka.

“Dalam bidang tugas ini saya meletakkan sensitiviti pesakit di tangga teratas kerana konsepnya berbeza daripada badut penghibur yang lain.

“Apabila bertugas di hospital, saya hanya memerlukan hidung merah dan tidak perlu memakai mekap tebal supaya tidak menakutkan pesakit terutamanya kanak-kanak,” tuturnya.

Tambah anak kelahiran Jerantut, Pahang itu, sebagai Doktor Badut, dia banyak menggunakan teknik improvisasi ketika berhadapan dengan pesakit kanak-kanak.
Jika pesakit adalah bayi dan kanak-kanak berusia bawah enam tahun, dia akan menggunakan buih sabun dan peti muzik mini untuk menghiburkan mereka. Bagi pesakit berumur enam hingga 12 tahun pula dia menggunakan kaedah silap mata, nyanyian, tarian dan beberapa prop untuk menarik perhatian mereka.

Iskandar Syah yang merupakan anak ketiga daripada tujuh beradik berkata, Doktor Badut mempunyai cabaran tersendiri dan antaranya meyakinkan pihak Hospital mengenai keberkesanan program tersebut.
Sepanjang menjadi Doktor Badut, Iskandar Syah pernah menitiskan air mata setelah dapat menunaikan hajat seorang kanak-kanak penghidap kanser sebelum pesakit itu menghembuskan nafas terakhir.

“Ayah pesakit tersebut menyatakan anaknya mahu saya menghiburkannya sempena sambutan hari jadinya. Saya datang pada majlis tersebut dan menghiburkannya walaupun ketika itu dia sudah tenat.
“Beberapa hari selepas itu, saya mendapat panggilan bahawa pesakit tersebut telah menghembuskan nafas terakhirnya. Namun, saya berasa puas hati kerana telah menunaikan hajat terakhirnya,” jelasnya.

Dalam pada itu, kegigihan Iskandar Syah dalam menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak ini telah menjadikannya peneraju Doktor Badut di Malaysia dengan tertubuhnya Persatuan Penghibur Kanak-Kanak Buih Merah Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor atau lebih dikenali sebagai Red Bubbles yang menyediakan khidmat sukarelawan untuk menghiburkan pesakit di hospital.
Sebelum ini Iskandar Syah bergerak secara solo sebelum dia menubuhkan Red Bubbles yang kemudiannya disertai lagi dua orang Doktor Badut dan empat orang ahli yang membantu mencari dana untuk mereka menjalankan kerja sukarelawan itu.
Sehingga kini, Iskandar bersama Doktor Badut yang lain akan meluangkan masa kira-kira tiga jam untuk mengadakan lawatan berkala seminggu sekali di wad kanak-kanak di Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) dan Hospital Selayang.
Kami sememangnya memerlukan dana bagi meneruskan kerja amal ini dan mereka yang berhasrat untuk menyumbang dana kepada Red Bubbles dalam membantu menghiburkan pesakit kanak-kanak ini boleh menyampaikan sumbangan ke dalam akaun Maybank 5640 7000 2826.

Gaya hidup punca kanser payudara


Habiba (duduk, tengah) bersama peserta dari Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggal Kebangsaan Malaysia Cawangan Negeri Sembilan dan Persatuan Ibu Tunggal Mas merah Wilayah Persekutuan dan Selangor

SEREMBAN – Faktor gaya hidup dan pemakanan menjadi punca ramai wanita menghidap kanser payudara.

Fasilitator Program Majlis Kanser Nasional (Makna), Habiba Abd Rahman berkata, wanita yang mengamalkan pemakanan tidak sihat dan merokok mudah mendapat kanser payudara.

“Wanita yang tidak mementingkan kesihatan dengan memakan makanan berlemak dan kurang bersenam mudah mendapat kanser
“Mereka yang sering kali stres dengan kehidupan juga penyumbang kepada penyakit kanser kerana stres akan mempengaruhi hormon yang memudahkan pelbagai penyakit datang,” katanya.

Menurutnya, kurang kesedaran terhadap pemeriksaan payudara sendiri juga menyebabkan ramai wanita tidak menyedari mereka penghidap kanser payudara.

“Kanser boleh diubati sekiranya kita dapat mengesannya pada peringkat awal dan sebab itu pentingnya untuk kita melakukan pemeriksaan payudara sendiri
“Jika kita malu untuk membuat pemeriksaan di klinik atau hospital, kita boleh melakukannya di rumah dengan mengikut kaedah yang betul. Sebaiknya, buang perasaan malu itu dan buat pemeriksaan di hospital,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas Majlis Kempen ‘Kekal Aktif, Hidup Sihat, Sayangi Payudara Anda’ di Kilang Yakult, di sini, semalam.
Pada program berkenaan, seramai 50 ibu tunggal dari Pertubuhan Ibu Tunggal Kebangsaan Malaysia Cawangan Negeri Sembilan dan Persatuan Ibu Tunggal Mas merah Wilayah Persekutuan dan Selangor hadir menyertai aktiviti kesihatan yang dianjurkan Yakult.
Antara aktiviti yang dijalankan ialah Zumba, ceramah kesihatan payudara oleh Makna dan pemeriksaan kesihatan dan payudara.

AIRASIA BERJAYA KUMPULKAN RM120,945.64 UNTUK MAJLIS KANSER NASIONAL | CAMPAIGN #AIRASIAMAKNA

Pada 18th October, Iday and Islam menghadiri majlis penyerahan cek antara AirAsia dan Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) yang bertempat di Fahrenheit88. AirAsia berjaya mengumpulkan RM120 945.64 melalui kempen amal mereka iaitu #AirAsiaMAKNA yang berlangsung selama 5 bulan.

Banyak kan dana terkumpul semasa kempen #AirAsiaMakna? Tahniah AirAsia :)

Kalau nak tahu, dana yang terkumpul ni menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA di mana baju-T edisi istimewa dengan rekaan ikonik uniform krew penerbangan dan kapten juruterbang AirAsia dijual bagi meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai kanser.

Baju-T edisi terhad ini, direka oleh AirAsia Allstars (kakitangan AirAsia) dijual pada RM30 sehelai di 23 lokasi di serata Malaysia, serta laman membeli-belah MAKNA.

“Menurut statistik yang dikeluarkan, 1 dari 4 rakyat Malaysia terjejas akibat kanser. Kami di AirAsia ingin memainkan peranan dalam mendidik masyarakat awam mengenai pencegahan awal begitu juga dalam memberi semula kepada komuniti yang menerima perkhidmatan kami.
Di setiap lokasi jualan #AirAsiaMAKNA, MAKNA turut berada di sana bagi memberi informasi dan panduan kepada masyarakat awam, mendorong mereka untuk mengetahui mengenai kanser dan membantu mereka yang memerlukan. Tambahan dari itu, kami juga menggunakan kekuatan laman media sosial kami untuk menyebarkan informasi mudah mengenai kanser. Ini telah menerima sambutan positif dari masyarakat tempatan” – Aireen Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad

Sebenarnya memang betul, Iday baru je dengar talk tentang breast cancer. Kebanyakan mereka yang menghidap kanser memerlukan support bukan dari segi kewangan tapi dari segi moral.

MAKNA pula ditubuhkan dengan tujuan mengerakkan sumber- sumber dalam memberi perkhidmatan menyembuh, mencegah dan membantu pesakit kanser, keluarga mereka, kumpulan berisiko tinggi, serta masyarakat awam di Malaysia dan rantau ini. Adalah menjadi misi organisasi ini untuk melawan kanser dan mengurangkan kesakitan berkaitan, dan kesengsaraan yang dilalui oleh pesakit kanser.

Menurut Aireen Omar lagi, MAKNA telah berjaya melakukan pelbagai aktiviti yang bagus dalam membantu pesakit kanser di negara sepanjang dua dekad ini, dan kami berharap dana yang terkumpul menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA dapat membantu mereka untuk meneruskan usaha mereka.

Sepanjang kempen ini, AirAsia telah mengadakan 1 instagram contest dimana, sesiapa yang membeli Baju edisi-T #AirAsiaMAKNA hendaklah memuat naik gambar kreatif dengan memakai baju edisi-T tersebut dengan hashtag #AirAsiaMakna berpeluang memenangi sepasang tiket penerbangan ke Maldives atau Sapporo! Gila kentang! :)

RM120,945.64 Tanda Sokongan Air Asia Terhadap Kempen Kesedaran Kanser #AirAsiaMAKNA


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RM120,945.64 Tanda Sokongan Air Asia Terhadap Kempen Kesedaran Kanser #AirAsiaMAKNA |AirAsia menyokong inisiatif kesedaran kanser di negara menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA

AirAsia menyerahkan cek berjumlah RM120,945.64 kepada Majlis Kanser Nasional, dana terkumpul menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA yang berlansung selama 5 bulan di mana baju-T edisi istimewa dengan rekaan ikonik uniform krew penerbangan dan kapten juruterbang AirAsia dijual bagi meningkatkan kesedaran mengenai kanser.

Baju-T edisi terhad ini, direka oleh AirAsia Allstars (kakitangan AirAsia) dijual pada RM30 sehelai di 23 lokasi di serata Malaysia, serta laman membeli-belah MAKNA.

Aireen Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad menyerahkan dana terkumpul menerusi kempen ini kepada Farahida Mohd Farid, Pengurus Besar MAKNA di majlis penyerahan cek pada 18 Oktober 2015 di Fahrenheit 88, penaja lokasi acara ini.

Selebriti tempatan juga turut hadir menyokong kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA serta bertemu pesakit kanser, bekas pengidap kanser dan keluarga mereka yang telah bermanfaat dari inisiatif-inisiatif MAKNA.

Aireen Omar, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad berkata, “Menurut statistik yang dikeluarkan, 1 dari 4 rakyat Malaysia terjejas akibat kanser. Kami di AirAsia ingin memainkan peranan dalam mendidik masyarakat awam mengenai pencegahan awal begitu juga dalam memberi semula kepada komuniti yang menerima perkhidmatan kami. Di setiap lokasi jualan #AirAsiaMAKNA, MAKNA turut berada di sana bagi memberi informasi dan panduan kepada masyarakat awam, mendorong mereka untuk mengetahui mengenai kanser dan membantu mereka yang memerlukan. Tambahan dari itu, kami juga menggunakan kekuatan laman media sosial kami untuk menyebarkan informasi mudah mengenai kanser. Ini telah menerima sambutan positif dari masyarakat tempatan”.

“MAKNA telah berjaya melakukan pelbagai aktiviti yang bagus dalam membantu pesakit kanser di negara sepanjang dua dekad ini, dan kami berharap dana yang terkumpul menerusi kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA dapat membantu mereka untuk meneruskan usaha mereka” tambah beliau.

Sebagai sebahagian dari kempen #AirAsiaMAKNA, syarikat penerbangan tersebut menganjurkan peraduan Instagram di mana orang ramai yang telah mendapatkan baju T boleh memuat naik gambar kreatif memakai baju T rekaan krew penerbangan dan juruterbang, dan hashtag #AirAsiaMAKNA dan boleh memenangi sepasang tiket penerbangan ke Maldives atau Sapporo!

Peraduan ini telah menyaksikan lebih dari 750 penyertaan dan dua pemenang bertuah dipilih oleh Aireen Omar dan diumumkan semasa majlis hari ini juga. Pemenang-pemenang adalah @shaarin dan @suzanekassim. Hadiah untuk mereka ialah tiket penerbangan ke Maldives dan Sapporo.. bertuahnyaaaa…!!

Farahida Mohd Farid, Pengurus Besar MAKNA berkata “Kempen ini bukan sahaja untuk mengumpul dana, tetapi juga memberi kesedaran. Ini membolehkan MAKNA bertemu lebih ramai orang dan menyebarkan informasi yang diperlukan yang juga penting. Lebih banyak kita berbicara mengenai kanser, lebih ramai akan memahami dan mengambil tindakan dalam menjaga kesihatan mereka. Dengan kempen ini, AirAsia bukan sahaja menunjukkan kesedaran sosial, tetapi juga terus dengan semangat serba boleh dan inovatif. MAKNA berbesar hati menerima penyertaan AirAsia dalam misi ini.”

MAKNA ditubuhkan dengan tujuan mengerakkan sumber- sumber dalam memberi perkhidmatan menyembuh, mencegah dan membantu pesakit kanser, keluarga mereka, kumpulan berisiko tinggi, serta masyarakat awam di Malaysia dan rantau ini. Adalah menjadi misi organisasi ini untuk melawan kanser dan mengurangkan kesakitan berkaitan, dan kesengsaraan yang dilalui oleh pesakit kanser.

AirAsia komited membawa perubahan terhadap perkara ini dan telah turut berkerjasama dengan Media Prima Berhad bagi menyokong kempen Travelling Beruang; yang bertujuan meningkatkan kesedaran masyarakat awam mengenai kanser di kalangan kanak-kanak di .Malaysia. ‘Travelling Beruang’ menjelajah ke seluruh dunia menjadi mata dan telinga bagi kanak-kanak yang mengidap kanser yang tidak boleh melancong. Patung beruang comel ‘Travelling Beruang’ ini tersedia untuk pembelian dalam penerbangan AirAsia untuk hanya RM 65 sahaja. Hasil jualan juga akan akan disalurkan kepada MAKNA, dan kempen ini telah mendapat sokongan memberangsangkan dari orang ramai dengan hashtag #travellingberuang di sosial media.

Kepada yang belum membeli t-shirt boleh mendapatkannya dari Majlis Kanser Nasional. Air Asia tak jual dah. Klik kat link MAKNA yang aku bagi tu.

Ikuti perkembangan terkini AirAsia menerusi Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) dan Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) serta ketahui lebih lanjut fakta pantas mengenai kanser.

Providing a human touch to cancer care

Publication: The Malysian Insider
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Makna’s home visit team consists of two plucky and dedicated women, Suhaila Nik (left) and Noraini Khalid (right), who travel throught the country every month. They are seen here with patients in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, September 13, 2015
Cancer is a disease that often robs its victim of more than just health. The emotional and physiological toll can sometimes be more crippling than the physical trauma caused by cancer.
In trying to soothe the pain suffered by patients, two women who make up the Home Visit Department of the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) play an important role in offering a human touch in the entire process of care and rehabilitation.

Suhaila Nik and Noraini Abdul Khalid’s jobs take them to rural areas all over Malaysia for 10-15 days a month to visit, interview and check up on patients who are recipients of Makna’s financial support.
The work can be both physically and mentally draining, as when the duo aren’t travelling, they are preparing reports, dealing with financers and office administration.

“We are looking for people to join the unit, and we get many people coming in for interviews,” said Noraini.

“The thing is, during interviews, they perform well, but after one or two days with us, and realising the emotional and physical strain they would have to go through, seeing cancer up close, it frightens them,” she told The Malaysian Insider recently during a home visit to patients in the state of Terengganu.

During this trip, patients ranged in age from 10 to 60 years old. The visits yielded many surprises, some heartbreaking, as the duo discovered that some patients had died from their illness.
Apart from providing a human touch and face to Makna, the home visits also play a very practical role in providing Makna with information and details such as financial welfare, health and care of patients.
The visits also help to weed out those who were abusing the provision of state assistance, from genuine cases of needy patients – the ladies have “caught” patients who had successful businesses of their own.
In spite of the occasional physical and mental fatigue, the women find fulfillment in the roles they play, especially when they find themselves doubling up as family and friends to cancer patients who have been abandoned by those closest to them.

“You have to be strong when you visit these patients. It’s not just about their illness and care, but you get to know about how people treat the unfortunate.
“The first time I did it, it hurt. But I learned,” said Suhaila.
Noraini summed up their roles as being both state administrators, and providers of comfort to the patients.
“This is not a job for weak people,” she said. – The Malaysian Insider, September 13, 2015.

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Karnival 3K attracts 1,000 residents

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SHAH ALAM: “Karnival 3K”, a yearly affair organised by Electrical Engineering Department of Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, has attracted about 1,000 residents in the vicinity and polytechnic students, to take part in the event, today. About 16 agencies from various government, private sectors and non-government organisation were involved in the one-day programme. Among the agencies are, National Cancer Council (MAKNA), Advance Pact Sdn. Bhd, iM4U, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Petaling district health office, Fire and Rescue Department, Kota Anggerik, National Transplant Centre and many more. The polytechnic deputy director Mohd Zin Hassan said the annual programme was aimed to raise awareness on hygiene, health and safety of all parties.

Besides creating awareness, he said, the programme is a platform to build a bridge between the local community and the students including the agencies. In his speech, he said, currently the life expectancy of senior citizens is increasing and according to National Statistics Department, studied showed that the population of senior citizens, aged 60 years old has increased to 2 million in year 2009, as compared to 1.5 million in year 2000 in the country. “The number is expected to increase to 3.4 million of senior citizens, by 2035.

This is because the way healthy lifestyle is practised,” he said. He said he was happy to see the number of the students’ participation. “Many of the students have donated blood and pledge for organ donation. We are happy that the programme was a success. I think without the students and the residents’ cooperation, I do not think that we may able to hit our targets, in blood donation and organ donation,” he said, after closing ceremony of the carnival, held at its main campus. Meanwhile, the one-day carnival carried out activities such as, free health screen, blood donation, gotong-royong, book sales, exhibitions and many more.

Bringing hope and solace to cancer patiencs

Publication: The Malaysian Insider
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09 Sep 2015 — Makna, the not-for-profit cancer council of Malaysia, organises home visits in every state. The home visits allow Makna to gauge the health of patients under its assistance. Patients wanting support register with the states’ Health Department and government hospitals, which will then be in touch with Makna. Patients receive an allowance which goes towards transport for chemotherapy treatments at the hospitals and medicine. The home visit team goes to rural, and semi-urban areas as many of the patients are from the lower-income group, or have lost income because of their illness. In some cases, they are abandoned and shunned by their families. They find solace and hope in the visits.

Sarimah Ismail suffers from rectal cancer and is in remission. Feisty and humorous, she looks forward to the day she can function like before as she ‘is bored being sick’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

A lorry blocking the road to a kampung is among the obstacles faced by members of the National Cancer Council of Malaysia (Makna) during their rounds in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Ezuraimi Mohd Nor, 47, from Kampung Tasek Padang Kabar Bukit Payong, Marang, has been suffering from stage 4 breast cancer since 2014, and and has undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Books and treatment schedule of Esah Ismail, 53 from Kampung Wakaf Paya Besar Marang, who has been suffering from infiltrating ductal cancer since 2014. She has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 20 times. Her daughter, Natasha Mansor, 27, stopped working to take care of her. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya showing his abdominal scars. He gave up on conventional medicine and started on naturopathy which healed him. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Jarismi Yahya, 52, from Kampung Baru Rhu Muda Marang has been suffering from sigmoid carcinoma since 2014 and has undergone chemotherapy three times. He has had to stop work as a car wash worker. His son was also a leukaemia victim and died in 2007. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many cancer patients believe in the healing properties of soursop (durian Belanda). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Wan Kamariah Wan Othman, 42, from Kampung Teratak Baru Marang, has been a breast cancer patient since 2012 and underwent chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 25 times. She has also tried traditional cures, such as soursop (durian Belanda) and Sabah snake grass (daun belalai gajah). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

It’s a long day for the home visit team, but they do it because ‘we want to know if our patients are doing well. If we don’t visit them, we feel lost’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin, 49, from Kampung Jenang Marang, suffers from T-cell lymphoma (mouth and nose) and has since lost his voice. He has six children and undergone chemotherapy six times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Amid Mohd Amin is truly a survivor. He has undergone chemotherapy six times and radiotherapy 10 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.
Cancer is an equal-opportunity illness. It strikes anyone of all ages and backgrounds. Arif Hakimi Awang Sofa, 10, was struck with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2010. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali, 54, from Kuala Ibai, has been suffering from colon cancer since 2011 and has undergone chemotherapy 24 times. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Omar Ali runs a roti canai warong in Kuala Ibai and is now in remission. He’s grateful to be alive and be with his family. ‘That’s all you can ask for from Allah.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

The communications team goes along with the home visit team to provide support. The Terengganu visit is just one of the many trips they do. ‘We do it because of dedication. No one else will.’ – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Makna’s home visit team consists of two plucky and dedicated women, Suhaila Nik (left) and Noraini Khalid (right), who travel in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak every month. They are with patients in Kuala Terengganu. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2105.

Peek Chin Kok and his wife moved to a newer but smaller home to make ends meet. Chin Kok has been suffering from thyroid cancer and underwent surgery twice. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Many of the patients are delighted to receive guests. They often offer a drink or a snack. Mohd Badrul Hisyan Ngah, 36, from Kampung Pengadang Baru, is suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, diagnosed in 2013, and has undergone chemotherapy 12 times. His wife (not in picture) suffers from breast cancer. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Che Ani Abdul Ghani, 59, from Kampung Pengkalan Atap Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, with his grandchild. Che Ani has been suffering from diffuse large B-cell lymphoma for the last 10 year and is still on treatment. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, with his wife Norlalieza Mamat, 36, (right) and stepdaughter Nuramiera Hadi, 13, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, is suffering from colon cancer. He was diagnosed in 2014 and has learnt to change his colostomy bag. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Alias Mat Nor, 52, from Kampung Mengabang Lekor Batu Rakit, Kuala Terengganu, died from colon cancer shortly after The Malaysian Insider chronicled his suffering. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 9, 2015.

Time to grow a moustache, guys

Publication: The Star Online
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PROSTATE and testicular cancer will be the focus of a three-month awareness and fundraising campaign, known as Movember – The Ultimate Shave Off, organised by Makna (National Cancer Council) together with the Rainbow Team volunteer group.

Movember (a portmanteau of “Moustache” and “November”), which started in Australia in 1999 had become synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues, including prostate and other male-related cancers, with the growing of moustache in the month of November.

Makna is carrying the campaign to increase awareness and encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer that are not getting as much exposure compared to other forms of cancer.
Under the campaign, men need to grow their moustache or beard from September until November, then have an ‘Ultimate Shave Off’.
The growing of moustache or beard is symbolic as many cancer patients lose their hair while undergoing treatment.

Therefore, the idea behind this campaign is for men to lend their voice to the cause and create meaningful conversations regarding male cancer awareness by stirring the curiosities of family, friends and colleagues with the growing of facial hair and ultimately shaving it off.
Makna founder and president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin said: “Often in this fast-paced world that we live in, our health becomes the least of our concern.

“For this reason, Makna, as a cancer organisation, took upon itself to remind the public on the importance of regular health checks and early detection in maintaining one’s well-being in general, and in fighting and preventing cancer in particular.”

Makna and the Rainbow Team have also released a theme song and music video.
The song was composed by local artistes Dr Sakthi and Caprice.
The music video also features cancer survivors and some of the best-known names in the local entertainment, sports and beauty scenes, including Jehan Miskin, Hans Isaac, Thanuja Ananthan, Carol Lee, Wilson Tan, Safee Sali, Pandelela Rinong, and Prem Shankar – all of whom generously contributed their time to the making of this video.

In total, 58 celebrities, artistes and personalities, as well as countless cancer survivors and students from five schools in and around Kuala Lumpur had come together to make the music video possible.
The campaign’s cinema partner, Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd, played the 60-second version of the video in cinemas nationwide from August.

Also planned is an online contest for the most creative video calls for the submission of videos to send messages to men on the importance of regular health checks.
An entry donation of minimum RM38 is required to participate in the video contest.

All are welcome to participate in the Selfie Your “Stache Challenge” competition where they are required to either grow and/or wear fake moustache, take a selfie, and upload it to Makna social media (#theultimateshaveoff), or they can even challenge their friends to it!
Instagram your selfie at Maknacancer and hashtag #theultimateshaveoff
Tweet @Maknashaveoff on Twitter
Facebook it on www.facebook.com/theultimateshaveoff

A grand finale is planned at the Great Eastern Mall in Jalan Ampang for the closing of this campaign.
At the finale, men with their moustache and beard will be shaven off by barbers from Truefitt & Hill, whose outlet is on the second floor of the mall.

Anyone with creatively and outstandingly groomed moustache and beard can also walk in to the finale location and stand a chance to be awarded a surprise gift.
Malaysia.

Ministry: Selangor should adopt law on mandatory waste separation

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SERDANG: Selangor should adopt the law on mandatory waste separation for households as it is already facing a garbage disposal crisis, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Selangor and Penang had the largest populations and stood to gain by enforcing the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act.
“I hope they consider adopting the Act because it is really comprehensive,” he said.
Starting yesterday, households in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as six states – Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah – are required to separate their trash accordingly to facilitate recycling.
He said Solid Waste Management (SWCorp) had invested RM1bil in equipment and systems to ensure the success of the policy.
Selangor, he said, was still using outmoded methods including open top lorries.

Taking out the trash: Neighbourhood friends Christine Chong, 22, and Leroy Choong, 23, bringing kitchen waste and recyclable items to be thrown at a designated place near their house in Bangsar yesterday.

“Their systems are not up to date and they don’t have an effective monitoring system,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said his ministry now spent RM2bil on solid waste management and the money saved by recycling could be put to better use.
Recycling, he said, could also extend the life of landfills.

“No one wants a landfill in their backyards and we are faced with strong protest every time we open one,” he said.

Abdul Rahman said the ministry’s focus now was on educating the public. No fines will be imposed until next year.
From June 1, 2016 households which fail to separate their waste would face fines of up to RM1,000 besides being hauled to court.
Abdul Rahman said Joint Management Bodies would also face the same penalties despite concerns about it being a burden on them.
At an event yesterday, SWCorp concluded the “1 Million Bottles One Dream” campaign which was launched to mark the start of the waste disposal ruling.
Over one million plastic bottles worth RM12,000 was collected during the campaign and the proceeds was handed to National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) and Persatuan Mata Hati Malaysia.

Kompaun RM50 jika gagal asing sisa pepejal

Publication: Sinar Online
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SERDANG – Kompaun sebanyak RM50 akan dikenakan bagi kesalahan pertama pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca mulai 1 Jun 2016, kata Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Sementara kompaun bagi kesalahan kedua dan ketiga di bawah Akta 672 iaitu Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 pula ialah sebanyak RM100 dan RM200, katanya.

Jika pengguna masih berdegil untuk melaksanakan amalan pengasingan sisa pepejal baharulah mereka di bawah ke mahkamah dan boleh didenda tidak melebihi RM1,000, katanya.

“Dalam tempoh sembilan bulan sehingga 1 Jun, kerajaan akan menggunakan pendekatan mendidik masyarakat mengenai pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca diikuti dengan notis dan amaran,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan pelaksanaan pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca di sini hari ini.

Tujuh negeri terlibat dalam pelaksanaan sisa pepejal di punca yang bermula hari ini iaitu Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis dan Pahang.

Abdul Rahman berkata, kerajaan tidak mahu menekankan tindakan mendenda terhadap mereka yang tidak mengasingkan sisa pepejal kerana ingin menyemai kesedaran tersebut terlebih dahulu.

“Masyarakat yang mempunyai amalan kitar semula yang tinggi merupakan masyarakat yang tinggi peradabannya,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai pelaksanaan peraturan itu, Abdul Rahman berkata, ia (pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca) bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu kerana amalan berkenaan sudah diguna pakai di kebanyakan taman perumahan sejak September tahun lepas.

Bagi penduduk yang menetap di bangunan berstrata, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bersama pangsapuri atau kondominium akan berperanan mengingatkan penduduk untuk mengasingkan sisa pepejal masing-masing, katanya.

Pada majlis hari ini juga, 1.35 juta botol plastik bernilai RM12,000 berjaya dikumpulkan oleh SW Corp Malaysia sehingga dicatatkan dalam Malaysia Books of Record sebagai ‘pengumpulan botol kita semula terbanyak’.

Botol-botol plastik berkenaan akan dijual kepada vendor yang dilantik dan wang yang diraih akan disumbangkan kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan termasuk Majlis Kanser Nasional. – Bernama

Kompaun RM50 Bagi Kesalahan Pertama Gagal Asing Sisa Pepejal Mulai 1 Jun 2016

Publication: Berita Wilayah Online
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SERDANG, 1 Sept (Bernama) — Kompaun sebanyak RM50 akan dikenakan bagi kesalahan pertama pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca mulai 1 Jun 2016, kata Menteri Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Manakala kompaun bagi kesalahan kedua dan ketiga di bawah Akta 672 iaitu Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 pula ialah sebanyak RM100 dan RM200, katanya.

Jika pengguna masih berdegil untuk melaksanakan amalan pengasingan sisa pepejal baharulah mereka di bawah ke mahkamah dan boleh didenda tidak melebihi RM1,000, katanya.

“Dalam tempoh sembilan bulan sehingga 1 Jun, kerajaan akan menggunakan pendekatan mendidik masyarakat mengenai pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca diikuti dengan notis dan amaran,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan pelaksanaan pengasingan sisa pepejal di punca di sini Selasa.

Tujuh negeri terlibat dalam pelaksanaan sisa pepejal di punca yang bermula hari ini iaitu Wilayah Persekutuan, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis dan Pahang.

Abdul Rahman berkata kerajaan tidak mahu menekankan tindakan mendenda terhadap mereka yang tidak mengasingkan sisa pepejal kerana ingin menyemai kesedaran tersebut terlebih dahulu.

“Masyarakat yang mempunyai amalan kitar semula yang tinggi merupakan masyarakat yang tinggi peradabannya,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai pelaksanaan peraturan itu, Abdul Rahman berkata ia bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu kerana amalan berkenaan sudah diguna pakai di kebanyakan taman perumahan sejak September tahun lepas.

Bagi penduduk yang menetap di bangunan berstrata, Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bersama pangsapuri atau kondominium akan berperanan mengingatkan penduduk untuk mengasingkan sisa pepejal masing-masing, katanya.

Pada majlis hari ini juga, 1.35 juta botol plastik bernilai RM12,000 berjaya dikumpulkan oleh SW Corp Malaysia sehingga dicatatkan dalam Malaysia Books of Record sebagai ‘pengumpulan botol kita semula terbanyak’.

Botol-botol plastik berkenaan akan dijual kepada vendor yang dilantik dan wang yang diraih akan disumbangkan kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan termasuk Majlis Kanser Nasional.

– BERNAMA

Smoking out the truth about vaping

Source: NST Online

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Smoking out the truth about vaping 19 AUGUST 2015 @ 12:01 PM TTHE New Sunday Times’ front-page story “Scent of danger” (Aug 16) highlighted the complexity of the issues related to tobacco and drug abuse. The recent comments made by the health minister on e-cigarettes and vaping are, therefore, welcome, although overdue. The use of e-cigarettes among Malaysians, especially the younger generation, became widespread more than year ago when the novelty caught the attention of smokers. Believing that it was “safer”, people used the product, with the absence of restrictions and advice against their sale and use.

The minister is right in pointing out that e-cigarettes are not harmless, despite them allegedly being devoid of tar. This means that, just like conventional cigarettes, there are other toxic substances present, including cancer-inducing agents, in addition to the highly-addictive poison, nicotine. In a nutshell, let’s not be distracted by the use of jargon like vaping, so long as it is a way to cause long-term debilitating effects on people. We have yet to come out convincingly against the use of shisha, attempted many years ago, and now e-cigarettes are rearing their ugly heads.

Some are said to be laced with dangerous drugs. As it stands, the scent of danger will be the next scent of death, adding to the 20,000 Malaysians who die annually from smoking-related diseases. This is, thus, a life-threatening matter. On that note, the ambivalent stance of “yet-to-decide” while gathering input from other authorities or agencies for the next two months add to the disappointment. This is especially when statements regarding e-cigarette use as “haram” were made almost in the same breath. More so when several countries that are known to be progressive in matters of tobacco control and health of their citizens had banned the products long before this.

Such decisions could have been a credible template for Malaysia to avert the “yet-to-decide” excuse. Moreover, it boggles the mind as to what could be expected from the “yet-to-decide” attitude when there is no longer any major dispute about the dangers of using e-cigarettes, as the minister explained, and is supported by health professionals and civil societies, including the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations and Consumers Association of Penang.

In fact, the minister recognised that it is “globally accepted to be a harmful practice”. Add to this the number of deaths related to tobacco use, which continues to rise, the “yet-to-decide” cliché sounds irresponsible, since for every moment delayed, more lives will be lost, which is what the Health Ministry has sworn to minimise, if not prevent. In contrast, the delay tends to send an ambivalent signal to e-cigarette sellers, who are resisting government control. On the contrary, the ministry, armed with grim statistics, should have been at the forefront, taking the lead and asserting its authority in defence of the right to a healthy life for Malaysians.

This is in line with the oft-mentioned slogan “rakyat didahulukan.” What else should it be, when it comes to health matters, where even the ministry advocates “Utamakan Kesihatan”? Even worse, if it is “haram”, what is there to “wait” for? It is incumbent on the Muslim personnel in the ministry to clarify what the “haram” ruling actually entails, to the minister. In short, there is no room for any delay in decision-making if the people’s health is of the utmost concern, and certainly not for two months. Moreover, learning from experience, there seems to be a trend where positions taken by the Health Ministry on tobacco issues were softened, including resulting in delays, based on business and commercial considerations as articulated by vested groups, even at the expense of the wellbeing of the people. That is also why our policies and actions on tobacco control are lagging compared with Thailand and Singapore, for example. All these add to the anxiety of the predicament, signalling to the nation the slogan “Utamakan Kesihatan”, can be compromised as the shisha case demonstrates, in addition to the case in point illustrated below. If the shisha and e-cigarette issues are not confusing enough, add to this the issue of daun ketum, which is about to be legally classified as “dadah berbahaya” (dangerous drugs). While the classification is justifiable and welcome, it is problematic when compared with cigarettes, including e-cigarettes.

Far from being classified as “dangerous” (despite them being so), tobacco is regarded as a legally- tradeable commodity where the government collects millions of revenue on them. The stark fact is that tobacco is more addictive and deadly than ketum. From the comparative numbers of deaths and cases of addiction, there is ample evidence to bear this out. Moreover, while ketum trees grow mostly in the wild and are less accessible because of their height and location, tobacco is grown legally in specially-approved economic zones and protected from being harmed or destroyed. It is then harvested and turned into even more toxic products, like cigarettes, to be sold in the open market, some with special points of sale enhanced by sexy promotional counters. Yet, the minister has gone on record to dismiss the suggestions to farm ketum for economic purposes. As to what scientific basis and technical explanations that necessitate such stark “double standards” really needs explaining. On the contrary, what is obvious is that it makes a mockery of the decisions taken against ketum in favour of the more insidious killer tobacco products, especially cigarettes.

The time, therefore, has come for the ministry to account and rationalise this scientifically and convincingly, so that everyone is well-aware as to how the decisions are arrived at in ensuring the health of the people without compromising the ideals of “Utamakan Kesihatan.” One way or another, this will have implications on the confidence of the people as to how resolved is the ministry to deal with the even more complicated issues of e-cigarettes or e-“shisha” without having to resort to a “yet-to-decide” stance, bearing in mind that we have yet to see a clear impact on control of shisha use, which was mounted many moons ago. Let us not waste any more time as the scent of death is in the air. Dzulkifli A. Razak, Member of the Board of Trustees, National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA)

Simpan Misai Untuk Kempen Kesedaran Kanser Prostat

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KUALA LUMPUR: 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

Simpan misai sokong kempen kesedaran kanser prostat.

Source: Malaysia 1 News

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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 to support prostate, testicular cancer awareness

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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 fundraising campaign also aims to encourage more open and frequent conversation about prostate and testicular cancer which are not getting much exposure compared to other types of cancer.

“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 combination of “Moustache” and “November”) had its start in Australia in 1999 and has become synonymous with efforts to raise awareness on men’s health issues including prostate and male-related cancers.
To keep the public engaged and continue to participate in the campaign during the campaign duration, the organisers have 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 the campaign would be highly appreciated since a cancer patient really needed 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 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Meanwhile, another cancer survivor, May Lui, 41, said the campaign should be held yearly in order to encourage better understanding of the diseases and 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 helped was just a year old. – Bernama

Grow Moustache For Prostate And Testicular Cancer Awareness

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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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pranayogakl?fref=ts

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

Publication: The Star Online
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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 https://makna.org.my/