Roadshow raising awareness on childhood cancer


By AVA LAI

1 Cancer survivors and volunteers posing for a group photo at the Gold Ribbon Week roadshow at Plaza Merdeka Kuching. 2 A child who is still battling cancer standing next to a portrait of himself.

KUCHING

IN CONJUNCTION with Childhood Cancer Awareness month, 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 tomorrow, aims to raise awareness on childhood cancer as well as the services available to help families and children fight the disease in Sarawak.

Many activities are being held at this meaningful event, including a blood donation drive, exhibition and photo gallery of childhood cancer, performances by children, a video launch and interactive sessions between cancer survivors.

SCCS statistics indicate that one child is diagnosed with cancer every five days in Sarawak and with proper treatment, 70% of these children will survive. Unfortunately, 80% of them are not diagnosed properly.

6880: Cancer survivors and volunteers of SCCS take a group photo for the Gold Ribbon Week at Plaza Merdeka.

(Cancer survivors and volunteers posing for a group photo at the Gold Ribbon Week roadshow at Plaza Merdeka Kuching.)


Therefore, the roadshow is a good opportunity for the public to learn more about the common types of childhood cancers, signs and symptoms and to seek advice from medical staff.

The exhibition area features a photo gallery of some of the brave children who had conquered cancer as well as those currently undergoing 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 documentary by SCCS tomorrow, the last day of the roadshow.

The video will show the staff and volunteers’ bold efforts 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 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 today, from 10am to 4pm.

The Gold Ribbon Week is sponsored by Ibraco Bhd, 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 details, visit the society’s Facebook page or call 013-833 8667.

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