Cancer fundraiser

THE National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) and Breast Cancer Welfare Association’s (BCWA) annual fundraising event, Jamuan Teh Malaysia (JAM) 2010, is back.

The event is modelled after Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, held annually by the Australian Cancer Council.

Initiated by the Australian High Commission, JAM will be launched on Aug 3, 2010, and it lasts for a week until Aug 8.

“Currently, one in four Malaysians is diagnosed with cancer.

“However, despite the grim figures, the good news is that experts estimate 40% of all cancers are preventable if the public take proactive action to fight against the dreaded disease,” said NCSM chief executive officer and medical director Dr Saunthari Somasundram.

“JAM is a great way to start the process of disseminating the good news,” said Dr Saunthari at the media launch of JAM 2010.

The basic concept of JAM is for interested individuals, organisations, communities or schools to host a tea party for their members as a means of raising funds for BCWA and NCSM.

The host can organise their own tea party in whatever form they choose and the key component is that the invited guests will make a donation for the drinks or food served.

In addition, JAM is introducing new merchandise for sale this year. Also making an appearance are the two mascots — Mr Jam and Mr Teh.

BCWA president Ranjit Kaur said the proceeds from JAM would be used to strive for better quality services and programmes for cancer survivors.

It will be an opportunity for all Malaysians to come together as one in reaching out to those affected by cancer.

Also present at the media launch was Miss Malaysia World 2009 Thanuja Ananthan and Australian High Commissioner Miles Kupa.

For details call the BCWA at 03-7954 9015 or the NCSM at 03-2698 7300.

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