Students’ art sending message of hope to patients

WISHING to inspire cancer patients, 177 students from five secondary schools in Penang presented their artworks to Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital (MMCH) in Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

The colourful art pieces by students from Chung Ling High School, SMK Convent Pulau Tikus, St Xavier’s Institution, Penang Chinese Girls High School and SMK Convent Light Street were based on the theme of ‘Faith, Hope and Love’.

The donation of paintings was part of the ‘Caring Through Art’ project organised by the hospital.

The project, which received the support of CHTNetwork, was an initiative to use art as an emotional healing mechanism for cancer patients.

MMCH chief executive officer Joan Lim-Choong said they would be putting up all the 177 art pieces along the corridors of the second and third floor wards as well as in the patients’ rooms.

“We’ve hung up 62 canvases so far.

“We will place the rest throughout the hospital soon so that patients, doctors, nurses and visitors can enjoy them.

“These are really lovely art pieces which represent the love that the young generation are keen to show to the patients,” she said at the launching of the art display on Saturday.

CHTNetwork president Ch’ng Huck Theng said the project was the most meaningful they had done so far as it was in line with their company’s mission of connecting people.

“We are supporting this project because we want to create a bridge between the youths and cancer patients.

“We want the patients to know that they are not alone.

“We also feel we need to have a platform for youths to give back to the community.

“We want to ensure that youths do not lose their hopes and dreams as they grow.

“They can make a difference in the future,” he said.

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