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.
Jom Botak at UNMC

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.