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Mothers receive hampers on red-letter day

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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.

Island chairman bids adieu after 30 years

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

MALAYSIAN Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Penang Island Chapter members sang ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to send off their chairman Nancy Cheah, who retired after serving the society for 30 years.

Cheah stood at the back of a disaster relief Jeep and waved at the young members, who lined up and saluted her for her contributions over the years.

Proudly wearing the society’s uniform, the 80-year-old said serving as the Island Chapter chairman for the past eight years had been a wonderful experience but it was time to pass on the baton.

Known for her compassionate nature, sense of selflessness and dedication to volunteer work, Cheah was a Red Crescent (RC) member in her schooling days in the 1950’s.

She then joined the Island Chapter committee in 1986 after her daughter joined the society at school.

Cheah said in her farewell speech that there was no looking back since then but it was time to surrender her chair and take a back seat.

She then reminisced of the many experiences she had had while serving the society.

She said this included the tsunami tragedy in 2004, where she volunteered for 24 hours straight.

“Another memorable moment for me was in 1994 when MRCS collaborated with a group of superbikers for an AIDS awareness campaign.

“We went around town distri-buting pamphlets and speaking to people,” she said at their headquarters in Grove Road recently.

She said she would still serve the society as an advisor as long as she could because Red Crescent is in her blood.

Cheah had also received the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) title in 2006 and Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (PKT) in 2012 from the state for her contributions to MRCS and other organisations she served in.

The event also saw over 200 secondary school students from eight schools pledging to serve the society in their ‘youth unit’ at the annual MRCS, Island Chapter mass enrolment ceremony.

Crowd gets donation flowing on World Blood Donor Day

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

WBDD2014 at Gurney Paragon

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.

A participant doesn't flinch as she undergo this unusual therapy given by a member of the Taiwan Knife Massage Association during the event at Gurney Paragon.

A participant doesn't flinch as she undergo this unusual therapy given by a member of the Taiwan Knife Massage Association during the event at Gurney Paragon.


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Food fair raises funds for society’s ambulance service

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

In an effort to raise funds for the 12-hour ambulance service in Permatang Tinggi and Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth, Penang, the Malaysian Red Crescent Society Island chapter organised a charity food fair.

The event, in Methodist Boys School Penang (MBS), saw people from all walks of life doing their part for charity. Organising committee chairman Nancy Cheah thanked all who made the event a success on Sunday. “We are glad to see everyone here doing their part for a good cause,” she said during the speech.

A total of 47 stalls served various types of food, including Thai, Korean, Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines. There were also stalls selling vegetarian and halal dishes. There was also a string of performances by various groups of dancers.

Students from seven schools, Penang Free School, St Xavier’s Institution, Methodist Girls School, SMK Seri Mutiara, SMK Westlands and MBS were also in the thick of action.

Air Itam Assemblyman Wong Hon Wai later presented certificates of appreciation to those who were involved in the fair.

People buying from the stalls at the charity food fair in MBS, George Town.

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