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A TOTAL of 136 Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) members in Penang received acknowledgement for their contributions to society.

Ranging from youths to adults, all the recipients wearing berets and white uniforms attended the award ceremony at its Penang branch premises in Grove Road recently.

MRCS Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang congratulated those who received the awards.

“We hope this will inspire you to be better members,” she said.

One recipient was Penang MCA deputy chairman Tan Teik Cheng, who received his letter of appointment as the branch advisor for 2016/2017.

ABOUT 2,000 people are expected to take part in the 9th Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Heritage Walk 2017 on July 16 in Penang.

Jointly organised by the MRCS Penang branch, BSG Property and Kwong Wah Yit Poh, the event will be flagged off at Methodist Boys’ School in Jalan Air Itam at 8am.

The 5km walk will start and end at the school.

Participants will pass sites such as Suffolk House, Penang Free School and the governor’s official residence Seri Mutiara in Jalan Utama.

The routes also covers Jalan Air Itam, Jalan York, Jalan Scotland, Jalan Air Itam, Jalan Han Chiang, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Free School, Jalan Terengganu and Jalan Kampar.

MRCS Penang branch vice- chairman II Datuk Khoo Cheok Sin said they hoped to raise RM200,000 from the walk.

“The fund is for our many humanitarian projects.

“We need to train our members in first aid and rescue skills as well as in disaster relief and management.

“Those donating RM300 or above will be invited to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the start of the walk,” he said at a press conference at the MRCS Penang office.

MRCS Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said participants should wear the Heritage Walk T-shirts to be eligible for a lucky draw.

Also present were Pallas footwear brand executive Eppie Lee and Sunquick representative K. Arthur.

Entrance fee is RM30 per person and the closing date is July 10.

Registration forms are available at the MRCS Penang branch, 26, Grove Road, and MRCS Seberang Prai Utara Chapter, Jalan St Mark, Butterworth.

For more details, call MRCS Penang (04-8275678) or MRCS Seberang Prai Utara (04-3233323).

 

Khoo (second right) with Red Crescent member Jenny Lim chatting with Puvana, while the society’s blood programme sub-committee chairman Tommy Ooi (left) and health and community sub-committee chairman Soon Yeong Nee admire Nur Atikah Saripuzaini’s newborn at the Penang Hospital.

The mothers were visited by the district members and received the hampers filled with essential baby items.

P. Puvana, who gave birth to her second son at 6.10am that day said she was happy that her son was born on a meaningful and significant day.

“I did not know that May 8 is a special day before their visit and after learning about it. I’m happy that he was born on this day.

“I hope he will grow up to be successful and helpful to others,” she said when met at the hospital’s maternity ward on Monday.

District chairman Rayson Khoo said World Red Crescent Day was celebrated worldwide to honour International Red Cross Society founder Sir Henry Dunant, who was born on May 8, 1828, in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We organise visits to the hospital’s maternity ward every year to commemorate Dunant’s birth and by spreading happiness to others.

“Dunant was a selfless person and he sacrificed a lot for charity work,” he said.

Khoo said the society’s members looked forward to the event every year as they get to meet babies born on the same day as Dunant, who was also the first Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Mothers of 11 babies born on this day received hampers from the organisation which also brought cakes and snacks to be shared at the ward.

DESPITE the rain, more than 2,000 people made their way to the charity food fair organised by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) in Prai, Penang.

Families could be seen bringing along their tiffin carriers to take food home at the event held at the Chai Leng Park multi-purpose hall.

They thronged 51 stalls selling all types of food such as dumplings, ice cream, nasi lemak, noodles, curry chicken, chapati and char koay teow.

Organising committee chairman Tan Ee Lye said the response to the event was overwhelming.

“This will help us to achieve the RM200,000 target for the ambulance service.

“The society spends about RM600,000 a year on the 12-hour ambulance service centres in Permatang Tinggi and Butterworth on the mainland and one in Batu Maung on the island.

“So we need to raise funds to maintain our services and train our members.

“We also need funds to cover the operation costs of our administrative offices,” he told reporters at the recent food fair.

The event was opened by state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

Also present was MRCS Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang.

Phee commended MRCS for its humanitarian work and appealed to the public to help the society out.

“MRCS is an apolitical organisation and provides assistance to everyone.

“The society is always on the frontlines in the event of a disaster.”

Francis Lim, 35, an engineer from Kulim, Kedah, said he came to the food fair to support MRCS as it does important work, especially when disaster strikes.

Businessman S. Padmanathan, 42, said he came in spite of the rain to help the society reach its fundraising target.

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