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Let’s make it happen 4

Friday, June 1st, 2012
Let's make it happen 4

Let's make it happen 4

Community Awareness

Community Awareness

Polly brings smiles and joy to kids in sick ward

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

POLLY the Parrot paid a surprise visit to the children at the Paediatric Ward of the Penang Hospital and it really put everyone in a celebratory mood. Laughter and giggles could be heard throughout the ward as children were overjoyed to see Polly the Parrot, who brought goodie bags containing cakes, sweets, snacks and noodles for the young patients.

Each of the children was given a present from Polly, a mascot brought by Golden Sands Resort Adventure Zone entertainment centre in conjunction with the Malaysian Red Cresent (MRC) Penang Island chapter’s Toy Project.

The project is an effort to give ill children an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the New Year through the distribution of toys.

Siblings Cheah Wei Shin, five, and her brother Woon Lim, three, who were down with fever and asthma, were grinning from ear to ear with the soft toys in their hands. Their mother Ooi Lay Ean, 31 said that she was very happy that her children got the opportunity to receive the toys. “This move helps cheer them up a bit after being in the hospital for a few days,” she said.

Another happy face at the ward was asthma patient Pangeran Al-Aamin Hiezran Ibayan, two, who was seen happily interacting with Polly. His mother Poh Ai Chu @ Nurain Poh Abdullah, 32, said that it was good of the MRC and the resort to bring cheer to ill children who had missed out on the fun because of their illness.

“This is a good way to do charity and also to make the children happy so that they can recover faster,” said the Sabahan, who is currently on holiday in Penang.

MRC Penang Island chapter Health and Community sub-committee chairman and volunteer Ho Nee Shen, 32, said the toys were donations from the public and well-wishers. “We received a very good response from the public since we called for donations for our Toy project in late October last year.

“We would like to thank the public, our MRC Penang Island chapter volunteers and Golden Sands Resort for spending all the time and energy to donate and distribute the toys and goodie bags,” he said.

Ho added that the response was so overwhelming that they had to distribute the toys to other places as well besides the Penang Hospital including orphanages on the island.

Golden Sands Resort corporate social responsibility executive Amelia Lim said it was a tradition for the mascot to visit the paediatric ward every year to distribute the toys from the MRC Penang Island chapter. “We also distributed chocolates to the children on behalf of Golden Sands Resort,” she added.

The event, which involved the participation of about 25 MRC volunteers, was led by MRC Penang Island chapter chairman Nancy Cheah. Also present were Golden Sands Resort human resource manager Wong Kuok Loong and service manager Khaisom Abu Bakar.

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Drink to health

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Penang branch is calling for the state government, corporations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and individuals to support its humanitarian projects by purchasing bottled water from the society.

MRC Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the sale of bottled water was a new project for the society.

Here’s to Health (H2H) was introduced on May 16 and Holiday Inn Resort is the first corporate entity to support us by purchasing 100 cases of the bottled water bearing our logo.

“Previously, we only collected donations through annual dinners, Flag Day and walkathons so hopefully, people will help make our new fundraising project a success,” she said, adding that the society hoped to raise RM50,000 through this project.

Yeang was speaking to reporters at a press conference to launch the project at Holiday Inn Resort recently.

H2H - Holiday Inn Penang

Project chairman Dr S. Somaskandar said besides raising funds for the society’s activities and training for this year, H2H also aimed to promote the health benefits of drinking plain water instead of other beverages that contain sugar, caffeine and chemicals.

Also present was Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary Ng Wei Aik.

In his speech, Ng praised the society for its good work in helping the community.

“The state is very appreciative of MRC’s assistance whether it is at public events or disaster situations because the society’s volunteers help without expecting any kind of reward.

“I hope everyone will help support the H2H project because the MRC needs funds to train its members in disaster relief work, first aid and organisational skills as well as to purchase the necessary medical supplies and ambulances,” he said, adding that he would propose to the state to get its bottled water supply from the MRC.

For details on the project, please call 04-8275678.

Toasting to healthy lifestyle

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

THE next time someone wants to propose a toast to your health, the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Penang Branch proposes that they pick up one of its bottles of drinking water for the task.

The branch recently launched its Here’s to Health (H2H) fundraising project promoting the goodness of water to create greater awareness for a better and healthier lifestyle.

Branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the society would be selling its bottled drinking water to everyone, from large corporations to the local community and households, to raise RM50,000 in support of its humanitarian work.

“When we are too busy with work or any other chores, we tend to forget how important water is to our body.

“The human body is about 60% water for men and 55% for women,” she said, adding that being 2% dehydrated could seriously degrade one’s physical and mental functions.

The prices are RM1 per 500ml bottle and RM2 per 1,500ml bottle.

The bottled water will also be sold in cartons of 24 bottles of 500ml or 12 bottles of 1,500ml, where each carton is priced at RM10 or RM9 each for orders above 20 cartons.

Yeang said the orders could be collected from the headquarters at 26, Grove Road, Air Itam, Penang.

For details, please call the office secretariat at 04-8275678 or email to to place orders.

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