April 23, 2017, Melaka – Over 2,000 people rallied against cancer and celebrated survivors at Dataran Pahlawan.
For 16 hours starting Saturday evening (April 22), residents in Melaka honoured survivors, fundraised for patients and raised awareness at the state’s biggest cancer event.
Organised by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Relay for Life Melaka today celebrated its seventh year of running. Over 200 survivors, individuals as well as 100 teams from local hospitals, schools, corporates and non-governmental organisations took turns walking around the field track from dawn to dusk.
It was sponsored and supported by hundreds of volunteers, businesses, hotel groups, food vendors, restaurant owners and performers.
“We feel inspired and honoured at every ‘Relay’ – we see the whole community gathering to fundraise, support and participate, and their passion is unbeatable,” says Clare Ratnasingham, Chairperson of RFL Melaka.
“The commitment of our sponsors and volunteers is amazing – some have been with us since the first RFL Melaka, and they never tire, coming back year after year.”
Ms Ratnasingham says the support allows NCSM to carry out programmes that raise awareness, provide free cancer screenings, and support cancer patients – one of which includes Weekly Wonder: a play therapy and education programme for children with cancer.
“Weekly Wonder helps children cope with cancer, express themselves better, and heal – emotionally as well as mentally – from the disease,” says Ms Ratnasingham. “To help children who miss school catch up with their studies, we also help them with mathematics, science, English and Bahasa Malaysia.
“Our counsellors and volunteers work hard to help the children, and parents tell us their kids perk up and look forward to attending the sessions.”
A few of the children attended RFL Melaka with their family this year, and were torch bearers at Luminaria, a special remembrance ceremony held at every RFL to honour patients and remember loved ones who lost the battle.
“We are all proud of the kids, and also have great pride and gratitude for our volunteers and supporters who help make RFL Melaka as well as our work at NCSM possible,” Ms Ratnasingham adds.
“Treating cancer isn’t just about giving patients medication, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. NCSM has always emphasised that patients and survivors require a lot of emotional and mental support, and those who have joined us at RFL understand that very well.”
The National Cancer Society of Malaysia would like to thank Bridgestone, Hatten Group, Fenix Inn, Hotel Equatorial, Estadia Hotel, Toto Sports Malaysia, Spritzer, Sunpower, and Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah.
RELEASED BY The National Cancer Society of Malaysia / Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanser Malaysia
About National Cancer Society of Malaysia / Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanser Malaysia (NCSM)
The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) is the first not-for-profit cancer organisation in Malaysia that provides education, care and support services for people affected by cancer. Over the last 50 years, it provides holistic cancer support to patients and caregivers. NCSM supports patients in understanding and dealing with cancer in various phases through its five cancer centres – the Cancer and Health Screening Clinic, Nuclear Medicine Centre, Resource and Wellness Centre, Quit Smoking Clinic and the Children’s Home of Hope and has branches in six states, i.e. Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Perak, Penang and Sarawak.
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