MORE than 6,700 people in Penang took part in a mass cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) session helping the event to enter the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest of such gathering in the country.
Organising chairman Dr Luah Lean Wah said the Mass CPR Carnival 2015 at the Han Chiang High School indoor stadium on Penang island beat the previous record of 4,459 in a CPR gathering in Johor in 2006.
“It is a testimony of the growing awareness among the people about this lifesaving technique,” said Dr Luah yesterday.
“Several schools in Penang sent more than 3,500 students and there was a very strong response from the police force with 1,000 policemen and policewomen taking part.
“We had a pre-registered number of 7,700 but the Malaysia Book of Records accepts only confirmed slips signed by the participants who have undergone the skills training.”
The carnival was opened by state Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin.
FIVE Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) ambulances and about 150 Penang branch members will be on 24-hour standby during the festive period to assist in emergencies.
Chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the MRC squads would be stationed at Permatang Tinggi near Bukit Mertajam, central Seberang Prai district, Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, north Seberang Prai district and Batu Maung from 7am to 7pm.
After 7pm, members will be on standby at the MRC Penang headquarters in Jalan Grove, Air Itam, and at its branch office in Jalan St Marks, Butterworth.
“These members are trained in first aid, pre-hospital care and basic life support and will give on-the- spot treatment to minimise further injury, before sending road accident victims to the nearest hospital,” she said when launching the service at the Petronas station in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth.
Also present was north Seberang Prai district Crime Prevention and Community Policing chief DSP Saw Hock Teik, who advised road users to be alert and observe traffic rules.
He said maximum fines would be imposed on traffic offenders during the festive period.
AMEGA event called the Mass CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) Carnival 2015, to be participated by some 6,000 people, is set to make its way into the Malaysia Book of Records.
The carnival, to be held from 8am to 8pm on March 15, is organised for the first time in Penang by the Penang CPR Society.
It will be held at the Han Chiang High School Hall and the school’s indoor stadium.
State Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the current record for the most number of participants in a similar carnival, is held by Johor, which had 4,459 participants.
“We wish to set a new record and at the same time, this event is also to raise awareness on the importance of CPR,” he said in a press conference in Komtar recently.
Organising committee chairperson Dr Luah Lean Wah said there would be 13 CPR training sessions in the 12-hour carnival and each session would take about 40 minutes.
“The registration for the carnival is free and the public can choose which session they want to participate in.
“No CPR experience is needed for participation and first-time learners are welcome,” she said, adding that the event was open for those aged 13 and above.
There will also be free health, dental and cancer screening.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was present at the press conference, said the carnival themed ‘Penang Towards Heart Safe Community’, was an important one which would offer knowledge to thousands of people about live-saving techniques.
The event is jointly organised by the Malaysian Red Crescent Penang branch, St John Ambulance Malaysia Penang branch and Lions Club of Georgetown Central District 308 B2.
Those interested can register via online at event.howei.com/event/penangmasscpr or call Dr Jonathan Tan at 012-4801114, Anjelai Devi at 012-4769501 or Dr Luan at 012-4728436 for details.
LAM Wah Ee Hospital has donated RM5,000 to help flood victims in the east coast of peninsula Malaysia.
The donation via The Star-MRCS-Firefly Relief Fund was handed over to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Penang branch in aid of the ongoing flood relief efforts.
The hospital’s recycling project committee chairman Cheow Mooy Chew said the fund was raised through the hospital’s recycling project.
“The recycling is an ongoing project which we started in 2002.
“We have collected about RM300,000 over the past 13 years with the support of our staff to help needy patients and these kind of relief funds,” she said after handing over the mock cheque to MRC Penang Branch administrator Cindy Liao at the Penang MRCS office in Jalan Grove recently.
Liao said contributions would be sent to MRCS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and channelled out accordingly.
“All donations given to MRCS are tax exempted.
“Those wishing to help via MRCS can write out cheques to the ‘MRCS Penang Branch’ or by cash deposit to its account in Public Bank Bhd (Account No 3087736505),” she said.
The public can hand in donations to the MRCS office in Jalan Grove or call MRCS Penang Branch at 04-8275678 on weekdays from 9am to 6pm.
SUNWAY Carnival Mall in Seberang Prai has come forward to help the flood victims in the east coast states.
Items like canned food, biscuits, mineral water, milk powder, rice, diapers, soap and clothing were collected through the ‘Share For Care Flood Aid’ programme. The initiative was held at the mall’s upper ground concourse from Jan 1 to Jan 11.
The mall’s general manager Chow Heng Wah said the aid was donated by shoppers, tenants and their staff members. “We thank them all for the support.
“We hope we can alleviate the suffering of the flood victims,” he said.
He was speaking after handing over the items to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) North Seberang Prai chapter recently.
MRCS deputy chairman Nick Foo Toon Yong, who was present to receive the aid, thanked the mall for coming up with the initiative to help the needy. “The aid will be sent to our headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
“Then, it will be delivered to the victims in Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak and Pahang,” he said.