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Health Awareness Day at B’worth

Friday, August 1st, 2008

    

New Year Party 2008

Friday, February 15th, 2008

While most people would be reveling in joy for the coming of the new year, there are those who do not share the same pomp and pageantry. Every year, for more than a decade, members of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Island Chapter has brought joy and hope to the patients in the Pediatric wards, Hospital Pulau Pinang.

The New Year Party this year was organised by the dedicated committees and members of the Volunteer Aid Detachment 21, as with the parties in previous years. The event started at 9.30am in the morning where the Red Crescent Society members were welcomed by the management and staff of the hospital. The members started out by sorting out all kind of soft toys, books, food & drinks into 100 goodie bags, which will be distributed to the patients in the wards. Most of the goods were donated by individuals, private organization and schools.

We would like to extend our utmost gratitude for their contribution. Mr. Kam Man Ho from VAD 21, who is also a professional clown /magician, started to prepare balloons sculpture with help of the youth (secondary school) members. Meanwhile, others members started to distribute books, packets of foods, cakes, drinks & balloon sculpture to every child warded there. They were very happy to receive different kinds of cute little animals made by balloons as well as food packs. After distributing the goodie bags , the children from ward C1 & C2 were gathered together for a rainbow show.

Dr. Chong Hon Yew along with Mr. Lim Choon Kiat as the representative from Astronomy Club of University Science Malaysia had the hands on activity with the children to make rainbow shine in the recycled tissue paper box. The children gave a very good respond to the activity.

The party came to an end at 11.45am. All of us gathered along for a short speech from the Organizing Chairman as an appreciation to thank everyone for their contribution especially Penang General Hospital to achieve this event into great success. A cake cutting/singing ceremony was presented to the children at the closing ceremony.

Free school shoes for 21,000 pupils

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

VERY often sand gets into the feet of 10-year-old J. Ragunathan, not because he does not wear shoes but because there is an opening on the heels. Because his parents could not afford to buy him a new pair of shoes, the SJK(T) Mak Mandin pupil is forced to wear the same pair to school everyday even with the gaping heels.

Embarrassed at having to wear torn shoes, he would occasionally switch them with his sister’s, whenever he felt the need to be properly dressed. “My father earns about RM600 a month as a lorry driver while my mother is a housewife. I have four siblings and my parents cannot afford to buy us new school uniforms and shoes all the time,” he said.

Ragunathan was relieved when Southern Rubber Works Sdn Bhd gave him a new pair of Pallas Jazz school shoes recently. He was among 21,000 students from about 100 schools in the state who received free school shoes from the company. The shoes were distributed at the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) North Seberang Prai district office in Jalan St Mark, Butterworth.

Another recipient Siti Nursyakira Ibrahim, 10, from SK Bagan Ajam, said this was the first time she received such a gift, noting that her father, a factory worker, had six other mouths to feed. Her schoolmate Nurfaziera Amira Zainal Abidin, 10, said she would wear the new shoes next year when the school term begins.

The company’s chief operating officer Ho Kok Loon said this was the single largest number of shoes that the company had given out since it started business in Penang in 1959.

“As the brand owner of Pallas shoes, we are pleased to do our small bit for needy pupils here,” he said, adding that the sponsorship was valued at about RM250,000. Ho said the company had also donated several thousand pairs of shoes to tsunami victims as well as to those affected by the big Johor floods last year.

MRCS Penang vice-chairman Chan Hon Kwong said about 100 of its members helped to identify the needy pupils from different schools. “The volunteers took about two weeks to sort out the shoes according to the various models and sizes,” he said.

Health Camp & Colouring Competition

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

A Health Camp and Colouring competition was held on 14th April 2007 at Flat Mutiara Idaman 1, Jalan Tengku, Jelutong.

This event was organized by the Panel Penasihat, Klinik Jalan Perak, The Resident’s Association of Flat Mutiara Idaman 1 and Malaysian Red Crescent Society Penang Branch. The event was officiated by YB Looi Swee Cheng, ADUN Sungai Pinang.

The MRCS was present with 10 members, 4 officers and 1 Branch staff to demonstrate basic first aid and exhibit materials on the IHL and Red Crescent Movement. For the first aid demonstration, we demonstrated the Heimlich maneuver, CPR and the KED. We also got some of the visitors to try out CPR and Heimlich maneuver. This demonstration generated a lot of interest from the residents for a First Aider in Every Home course.

The exhibition was about the International Humanitarian Law, the contributions of the IFRC and ICRC and the history of the movement.

Free health check services were provided to the visitors by Klinik Kesihatan Jalan Perak. They were also there to give a talk on Healthy Living. The colouring contest was participated by children aged 5 and 6 years old.

Helping hand for tsunami victims

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

The temporary settlement for tsunami victims in Batu Ferringhi, Penang, took on a carnival-like atmosphere recently in a gotong royong to make dodol.  Residents and Malaysian Red Crescent Society members joined hands to make the local cake, which is made from glutinuous rice, coconut milk and palm sugar.

(From right)Penang MRCS chairman Saw Ewe Yong,Dr Koh and Ahmad joining in to help cook dodol.

The event was organised by Maxis Communications, which also hosted a buka puasa dinner for the 98 families living at the settlement. The company also gave cookies and sarongs to the residents while the Sultanah Bahiyah Foundation from Kedah gave RM100 duit raya to each family.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, who was the guest of honour, presented the items to the families. Dr Koh commended Maxis for organising such an event to cheer up the people for Deeparaya. He advised the people to work together to face adver-sities like the tsunami and dengue outbreak.  Also present was advisor to the Maxis chief executive officer, Datuk Ahmad A. Talib.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, who was the guest of honour, presented the items to the families. Dr Koh commended Maxis for organising such an event to cheer up the people for Deeparaya. He advised the people to work together to face adversities like the tsunami and dengue outbreak.  Also present was advisor to the Maxis chief executive officer, Datuk Ahmad A. Talib.

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