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Heritage walk gets longer every year, thanks to fans

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Heritage Walk 2014

SOME 1,500 people woke up early to join the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Heritage Walk 2014. Participants from all walks of life gathered as early as 6.30am on Saturday in front of the Town Hall at the Esplanade.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow then flagged off the event at 8am. The 6.5km walk, an increase in distance from last year’s event, covered the George Town heritage enclave. Participants walked past heritage sites like the Penang Islamic Museum, Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh, Dr Sun Yat Sen Penang base, St George’s Church, the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.

MRC Penang Branch administrator Cindy Liao said they decided to increase the distance of the walk due to requests from the public and participants. “When we started, the route was only 4km, then 4.5km and later 5km. Still we got feedback that the distance was too short. This year, it’s 6.5km,” she said, adding that the entries also increased each year.

SMK Seri Balik Pulau science teacher Lai Sook Kim, 51, who brought along her septuagenarian parents, said the walk promoted a healthy lifestyle.

A mother, who wanted to be known only as Mary, 47, brought her daughters A. Monica Ann, 11, and A. Ann Maria, 15, for the walk. “My daughters enjoy taking part in walks. They took part in the Affin Bank Heritage Walk recently and were really excited to come today,” she said.

After the walk, a lucky draw was held for the walkers.

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.


MRCs ambulance project receives RM40,000 boost

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development chairman Chong Eng said she would also be donating a sum of RM1,000 from her portfolio, as part of the initiative to encourage other members of the corporate sector and individuals to give their support to the MRC ComBase.

Since the MRC ComBase first started its services in 2007, it has provided ambulance service to attend to victims of road accidents before sending them to hospitals.

By including the cost of the staff, equipment, disposal items, petrol and vehicle maintenance, I understand that the cost would reach approximately RM600,000 annually for the three centres it has now in Penang.

It is an admirable humanitarian and outreach work which has contributed to various patients better chances of survival during emergencies, she said during the mock cheque presentation at Eastin Hotel recently.

MRC Penang Branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the MRC ComBase was the first 12-hour ambulance service centre in Permatang Tinggi in central Seberang Prai.

She said that following positive local feedback, the two other centres in Butterworth and Batu Maung were opened in January 2013 and January this year respectively.

Chong also oversaw the handing over of 20kg of old computers, CPUs, keyboards, computer accessories, speakers and laptops by the hotels Green Committee chairman Fong King Hong to the Spastic Childrens Association after the cheque presentation.

4WD ambulance to the rescue

Friday, February 28th, 2014

HIKERS or mountain bikers who injure themselves on rough terrain can now be rescued after the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC), Penang branch, was presented with a four-wheel drive (4WD) ambulance.

The ambulance was presented to the branch by the Lions Club of Bayan Baru (LCBB).

The club managed to raise RM216,765 through a karaoke competition and donations from club members and the public.

Organising committee chairman-cum-LCBB past president Khoo Choon Aun hoped that the 4WD ambulance would be able to reach more people and save more lives.

He said: At the same time, we also contributed RM10,000 to the construction of the MRC Centre in the southwest district here.

LCBB charter president Datuk Goh Eng Hoe said such an ambulance was needed because many accidents involving cyclists and hikers had been reported, and in many cases, a normal ambulance was unable to reach them.

MRC Penang chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the new ambulance would come in handy when members involved themselves in disaster and rescue activities on difficult terrains.

Time is always the essence whenever we respond to emergency calls as the faster the victims can be taken to hospitals for treatment, the better their chances of survival.

This kind gesture of the LCBB will encourage us to work harder to serve the people in their hour of need, she said in her opening speech recently.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was present to witness the handing over ceremony, praised LCBBs initiative and called on other Lions Clubs as well as non-governmental organisations to follow suit.

CM Lim (in blue) being shown the medical equipment inside the ambulance by a MRC member.

CM Lim (in blue) being shown the medical equipment inside the ambulance by a MRC member.

Red Crescent to be on standby during holidays

Monday, January 27th, 2014

THE Malaysian Red Cresent (MRC) Penang Branch will be on standby round the clock for a week from tomorrow to provide emergency services.

Penang MRC chairman Datuk B. J. Yeang said the 24-hour service for the Chinese New Year period was launched in conjunction with Ops Selamat to help reduce the number of accident-related deaths during this festive season. “We have 11 ambulances on standby and our paramedics and members will provide quick response when an accident occurs,” she said during the launch of the service at Traders Hotel Penang yesterday. “They will be on the scene to help treat the injured before sending them to hospital,” she added.

She said the paramedics and volunteers who would be on duty were trained in first aid, pre-hospital trauma care and basic life support. Yeang said more than 150 MRC volunteers would be on duty during the seven-day period. She urged the public to call ‘999’ in case of any emergency, adding that the call would be directed to the nearest hospital which will then assign the case to the nearest available ambulance on standby.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah, who was present at the launching, thanked the MRC Penang volunteers for their selfless devotion to the public. He advised road users to be careful when driving and always be on the alert. “If you feel tired during your journey, please stop at the rest stops and always remember not to speed. “Also check your vehicles and ensure that they are in good condition before starting your journey,” SAC Mazlan said.

Vital service: SAC Mazlan (in blue) and Yeang flagging off the Malaysian Red Crescent ambulances after the press conference.

Vital service: SAC Mazlan (in blue) and Yeang flagging off the Malaysian Red Crescent ambulances after the press conference.

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