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Heritage walk aimed at raising funds for Red Crescent

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

ABOUT 2,000 people are expected to take part in the 9th Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Heritage Walk 2017 on July 16 in Penang.

Jointly organised by the MRCS Penang branch, BSG Property and Kwong Wah Yit Poh, the event will be flagged off at Methodist Boys’ School in Jalan Air Itam at 8am.

The 5km walk will start and end at the school.

Participants will pass sites such as Suffolk House, Penang Free School and the governor’s official residence Seri Mutiara in Jalan Utama.

The routes also covers Jalan Air Itam, Jalan York, Jalan Scotland, Jalan Air Itam, Jalan Han Chiang, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Free School, Jalan Terengganu and Jalan Kampar.

MRCS Penang branch vice- chairman II Datuk Khoo Cheok Sin said they hoped to raise RM200,000 from the walk.

“The fund is for our many humanitarian projects.

“We need to train our members in first aid and rescue skills as well as in disaster relief and management.

“Those donating RM300 or above will be invited to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the start of the walk,” he said at a press conference at the MRCS Penang office.

MRCS Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said participants should wear the Heritage Walk T-shirts to be eligible for a lucky draw.

Also present were Pallas footwear brand executive Eppie Lee and Sunquick representative K. Arthur.

Entrance fee is RM30 per person and the closing date is July 10.

Registration forms are available at the MRCS Penang branch, 26, Grove Road, and MRCS Seberang Prai Utara Chapter, Jalan St Mark, Butterworth.

For more details, call MRCS Penang (04-8275678) or MRCS Seberang Prai Utara (04-3233323).


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.

Lots of support for charity food fair

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

DESPITE the rain, more than 2,000 people made their way to the charity food fair organised by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) in Prai, Penang.

Families could be seen bringing along their tiffin carriers to take food home at the event held at the Chai Leng Park multi-purpose hall.

They thronged 51 stalls selling all types of food such as dumplings, ice cream, nasi lemak, noodles, curry chicken, chapati and char koay teow.

Organising committee chairman Tan Ee Lye said the response to the event was overwhelming.

“This will help us to achieve the RM200,000 target for the ambulance service.

“The society spends about RM600,000 a year on the 12-hour ambulance service centres in Permatang Tinggi and Butterworth on the mainland and one in Batu Maung on the island.

“So we need to raise funds to maintain our services and train our members.

“We also need funds to cover the operation costs of our administrative offices,” he told reporters at the recent food fair.

The event was opened by state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

Also present was MRCS Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang.

Phee commended MRCS for its humanitarian work and appealed to the public to help the society out.

“MRCS is an apolitical organisation and provides assistance to everyone.

“The society is always on the frontlines in the event of a disaster.”

Francis Lim, 35, an engineer from Kulim, Kedah, said he came to the food fair to support MRCS as it does important work, especially when disaster strikes.

Businessman S. Padmanathan, 42, said he came in spite of the rain to help the society reach its fundraising target.

RC members on 24-hour standby for Raya

Monday, June 27th, 2016
(From right) ACP Azmi, Yeang and Abdullah launching the 24-hour ambulance service in conjunction with the Hari Raya festive period at the Shell station in Jalan Permatang Pauh, Butterworth.

(From right) ACP Azmi, Yeang and Abdullah launching the 24-hour ambulance service in conjunction with the Hari Raya festive period at the Shell station in Jalan Permatang Pauh, Butterworth.

ABOUT 150 members of the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Society in Penang will be on a 24-hour standby duty during the coming Hari Raya festive period.

Six ambulance vehicles from three MRC service centres will work in two shifts in case of emergency from July 3 to July 9.

The service centres are in Permatang Tinggi in Bukit Mertajam and Jalan St Mark in Butterworth on the mainland, and in Jalan Grove in George Town on the island.

MRC Penang branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the service centres would be open from 7am to 7pm, while the volunteers would take over the duties from 7pm to 7am.

“All our members have been trained to perform emergency first aid, and capable of providing immediate life support to accident victims.

“As part of the Ops Selamat programme, we will engage communication with hospitals and ambulance service providers to receive alerts that require our assistance in areas nearest to our teams.

“In case of a road accident or emergency, the caller only needs to call 999 and theoperator will make the arrangements,” said Yeang in a ceremony before flagging off the ambulances at AMN Service Station in Jalan Permatang Pauh, Butterworth, yesterday.

In his speech, North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Adam advised roadusers to obey traffic rules, be alert, drive safely and regularly perform safety inspection on their vehicles before making their journey.

Together with AMN Service Station owner Abdullah Mohamed Nor, Yeang and ACP Azmi later handed over Hari Raya goodie bags to motorists who stopped over at the Shell petrol station during the event.

370 MRCS recruits take oath of service

Monday, April 9th, 2012

SOME 370 students took part in a mass enrolment ceremony by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Island Chapter, which was held at the Penang Free School (PFS). The annual ceremony was organised for Form One students who have registered to be MRCS members in their respective schools at the beginning of the semester.

Organised by the youth unit led by organising chairman Lim Win Sern, 17, from Penang Free School, the event saw the enrolment of students from 11 schools namely PFS, Convent Datuk Keramat, Methodist Girls’ School, Convent Green Lane, Saint Xavier’s Institution, St George’s Girls School, SMK Hamid Khan, Hutching School, Convent Light Street, SMK Bukit Gambier and SMK Tanjung Bungah.

After the students had taken their oath as new members, they were briefed on conduct as part of the international organisation.

“Many times, people misconceive that the Red Crescent only does first aid. Actually, we also carry out other activities such as camping, marching, and social visits,” said MRCS officer-in-charge of youth Daniel Lim in his speech to the members at the school hall. “As members, we are encouraged to carry out first aid for those in need. The more we perform, the more we can sharpen up our skills,” he added.

Also present at the event was the chairman of the MRCS Island Chapter, Nancy Cheah. In her speech, she welcomed the new members into the society.

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