Week-long cancer awareness roadshow


By AVA LAI

This is me: A child battling cancer takes a photo with his own portrait.

KUCHING: In conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) is having a roadshow this week at Plaza Merdeka Kuching.

The Gold Ribbon Week roadshow, which started on Monday and ends on Sunday, aims to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the services available to help families and children fight the disease in Sarawak.

Many activities are held at this meaningful event, including a blood donation drive, exhibition and photo gallery of childhood cancer, performances by the children, video launching, sharing sessions by cancer survivors and interaction with cancer survivors.

SCCS statistics indicate that one child is diagnosed with cancer every five days in Sarawak and, with proper treatment, 70% of the children will survive. However, 80% of the children are not properly diagnosed. Therefore, the roadshow is a good opportunity for members of the public to learn more but the common types of childhood cancers, signs and symptoms and seek advice from medical staff.

The exhibition area features a photo gallery of some of the brave children who have conquered cancer and also children who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. The staff and volunteers of SCCS are there to share their touching experiences while helping these children overcome their illnesses.

There will also be a SCCS documentary video on Sunday, the last day of the roadshow. The video will show the bold efforts of the staff and volunteers of SCCS as they carry out their services and activities. The pubic is advised to get a glimpse of the day-to-day life at SCCS through this remarkably touching video.

An average of 60 pints of blood are used by childhood cancer patients each month in Sarawak General Hospital. The blood donation drive is on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The Gold Ribbon Week is sponsored by Ibraco Berhad, Plaza Merdeka, De Jackie Inspirations, Event Horizon and the Shots gallery.

The public can show their support for children with cancer by wearing a gold ribbon and sharing a photo or video on any social media with the hashtag #ShareYourGold, #GoldRibbonWeek or #SarawakChildrensCancerSociety.

For more information, visit SCCS Facebook page or call 013-833 8667.


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