Date: 7 Sept 2014 (Sunday)
Time: 9AM – 11AM (Registration time at 8:30AM)
Venue: Ng Yam Huat (Aircond) Hall, Bukit Mertajam
Group A (Aged 4—6 yrs old),
Group B (Aged 7—9 yrs old),
Group C (Aged 10—12 yrs old)
Link to download Participation form: http://goo.gl/jbtnw5
Contact: Ms Fou 017-4255638 / Mdm Ooi 010-8673018
SOME 1,500 people woke up early to join the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Heritage Walk 2014. Participants from all walks of life gathered as early as 6.30am on Saturday in front of the Town Hall at the Esplanade.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow then flagged off the event at 8am. The 6.5km walk, an increase in distance from last year’s event, covered the George Town heritage enclave. Participants walked past heritage sites like the Penang Islamic Museum, Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh, Dr Sun Yat Sen Penang base, St George’s Church, the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.
MRC Penang Branch administrator Cindy Liao said they decided to increase the distance of the walk due to requests from the public and participants. “When we started, the route was only 4km, then 4.5km and later 5km. Still we got feedback that the distance was too short. This year, it’s 6.5km,” she said, adding that the entries also increased each year.
SMK Seri Balik Pulau science teacher Lai Sook Kim, 51, who brought along her septuagenarian parents, said the walk promoted a healthy lifestyle.
A mother, who wanted to be known only as Mary, 47, brought her daughters A. Monica Ann, 11, and A. Ann Maria, 15, for the walk. “My daughters enjoy taking part in walks. They took part in the Affin Bank Heritage Walk recently and were really excited to come today,” she said.
After the walk, a lucky draw was held for the walkers.
A CONTINUOUS flow of volunteers streamed in to the Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang for a blood donation drive in conjunction with the World Blood Donor Day 2014. The event themed “Care, Love, Save” was organised by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Penang branch.
MRCS Island chapter chairman Nancy Cheah said the theme was chosen to show that MRC cared for the people and the nation. Besides the blood donation drive, the event also saw exhibitions on first-aid knowledge, CPR demonstrations, health check stations and knife massage therapy by the Taiwan Knife Massage Association.
Organising chairman Fong Kwok Khuen said it was the first year the event was held at Gurney Paragon Mall. “We are grateful that the mall decided to be our venue sponsor and we hope we can continue organising this event here,” he said at the event on Sunday.
Penangite Teoh Boon Peng, 55, who had been donating blood every three months since 2000, said he believed it was the right thing to do as donating blood would save lives. “This has become very normal for me. It only takes 15 minutes including resting time and I feel fine afterwards,” he added.
Auditor Lee Huai En, 28, started donating blood since her college years when her college held a blood donation drive. “I have donated less than 10 times, but I find it very meaningful and I plan to donate more blood whenever there is an event,” she said.
HERITAGE enthusiasts can take part in the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Heritage Walk 2014 on June 22. The walk, jointly organised by the MRC Penang branch and Kwong Wah Yit Poh, will be held for the sixth year.
Event organising chairman Loh Nam Hooi said the walk this year would incorporate an additional 1.5km to the route. “Heritage lovers can enjoy a 6.5km walk in George Town. The places they will pass by include the Yeap Kongsi, Poh Hock Seah Temple, Dr Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, Penang Islamic Museum, St George’s Church, Kuan Im Teng (Goddess of Mercy Temple), Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling. We expect to raise more than RM150,000 for the MRC Penang branch to fund various humanitarian projects,” Loh said. He added that the walk was to mark the sixth anniversary of George Town being declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Loh said one of their humanitarian projects provided community-based ambulance service in three areas — Permatang Tinggi, Jalan Raja Uda and Batu Maung. “We also need funds to train our members in first aid and rescue skills, disaster relief and management,” he added.
Participation form for the walk are available at the MRC Penang branch at 26, Grove Road, and at the MRC north Seberang Prai Ambulance Service Office in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth. Registration fee is RM30 per person. Each participant will receive a Heritage Walk T-shirt which has to be worn during the walk in order for the participant to qualify for a lucky draw. The forms should be submitted by June 20.
Well-wishers are also welcome to donate to the event and those who give a minimum of RM300 will be entitled to take part in a ribbon- cutting ceremony. For details, call MRC Penang at 04-8275678 or MRC north Seberang Prai at 04-3330999.
MRC Charity Fair will be held on Sunday, May 18 at the All Seasons Place.
This is the first time that MRC Penang Branch is collaborating with a private sector management company operating a new lifestyle shopping Mall in a fast growing suburb in the State of Penang. This All Seasons Place Mall caters to almost every aspect of modern lifestyle activities. The Mall has good food outlets, good neighbourhood shopping facilities and it offers modern health and fitness facilities. It even has karaoke facilities for budding singers. In other words, All Seasons Place caters to the tastes of the young, the old, the active and the family members of the township of Bandar Baru Air Itam and even Greater Georgetown.
MRC Penang Branch has chosen to collaborate with the management of All Seasons Place for its MRC Charity Fair because it believes in a win-win situation. Through this collaboration and cooperation, the shops and outlets operating in All Seasons Place and its management team will enable MRC Penang to collect the much needed funds for the MRC Projects and community-based programmes. We thank the Management of All Seasons Place for agreeing to host our MRC Charity Fair. We thank their tenants and shops for participating in this new fund-raising project.
The win for the Management and tenants is that our supporters and donors will come on May 18 to enjoy the facilities and food offered by the shops in the Mall. We hope the success of this project will see us holding this event at the Mall, year after year.
This MRC Charity Fair promises to be a carnival for the whole family. We will have lively demos of Wushu, Zumba, workshop for family amongst others. The idea is for all in the family – the little ones, the young, the old – to spend a fun-filled day at All Seasons Place on Sunday, May 18.
The MRC Charity Fair tickets are sold for 20 Ringgit per booklet. Each booklet has 14 points which is equivalent to 14 Ringgit and can be used to pay for the food, items and services offered in All Seasons on May 18. The shops at the Mall will be having special offers and discounts on that day. Hence although it may sound as if the family is paying more for the food and services, with the discounts and special offers given, they are actually paying out a little bit more in the name of Charity.
The MRC will organise a Ribbon-Cutting cum Drum-Beating Ceremony to herald the start of the MRC Charity Fair on May 18. This is to honour our major donors and sponsors. We want them to know that we truly value their donations and we would like them to step out and be with us at All Seasons Place on May 18.
We hope members of the public will support us in this new fund-raising event by donating to our Ribbon-Cutting and Drum-Beating Ceremony or purchase our MRC Charity Fair tickets which are available from our office at 26, Jalan Grove, Penang (Tel 827 5678) or from the Management office of All Seasons Place, Lebuhraya Thean Teik, Air Itam, Penang.