Donation drive enters record books


  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 Jul 2003

BY EMBUN MAJID

Hard at work.... Dr Therdchai inspecting the artificial leg of one of the recipients.

ALOR STAR: The Chee Yang Kor Moral Uplifting Society has entered the Malaysia Book of Records under the largest prostheses donation by a single organisation category. 

The society’s deputy secretary Allan Ooi said Malaysia Book of Records officers would hand the letter to the society during the handing-over of the artificial legs to amputees tomorrow.  

“We are happy that our effort to organise the event has been recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records, especially when it is for a good cause,” he said when met yesterday. 

The event was organised by the society, which brought in the Prosthesis Foundation of Thailand to make 204 artificial legs for 194 amputees in the country. 

The foundation, established in 1992 under the patronage of Thailand’s late Queen Srinagarindra, is now under the patronage of Princess Galyani Watana.  

The foundation is based at the Chiangmai University’s Faculty of Medicine and headed by Dr Therdchai Jivacate. 

Dr Therdchai said that since 11 years ago the foundation had made free artificial legs for poor people in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. 

For its first event in Malaysia, 100 volunteers with eight doctors attended to 194 amputees from all over the country. 

The foundation made 204 artificial legs for the amputees, including 10 who would receive a pair of artificial legs each. 

Since yesterday the volunteers were hard at work completing the artificial legs after the amputees tested them on Saturday.  

Dr Therdchai said the team would complete the artificial legs by today to ensure that all the amputees would receive them during a ceremony tomorrow.  

Dr Therdcha,i who is the engineer behind the lightweight artificial legs, said they also had to prepare new moulds for two amputees, who after testing their artificial legs on Saturday, found them to be too tight and not comfortable to wear.  

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