More funds for English Channel swimmer

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 11 Jul 2004

MALACCA: The founder of the Seck Kia Eenh Cancer Fund has pledged to donate another RM2,000 to the fund in support of Cambridge University student Lennard Lee’s attempt to swim across the English Channel. 

Chan Swee Huat, 50, a cancer patient himself back in 1994, said he admired Lennard’s determination to attempt the crossing.  

“It is not an easy task. He is doing this to raise funds and I feel this is a very meaningful project,” he said. 

He also urged the public to contribute to the fund in support of Lennard’s attempt. 

The 20-year-old medical student at Cambridge has taken up the challenge to be the second Malaysian after Datuk Abdul Malik Mydin to swim across the channel and also raise money for the fund and other projects. 

Donations in Malaysia in support of his swim will go to the cancer fund set up by the Seck Kia Eenh Temple here and those in England to the Christie Hospital in Manchester and a sports complex at his university.  

The fund was started in 2000 with Swee Huat – who now chairs the fund committee – putting in RM20,000, Harry Chan Kim Tee RM10,000 and Chan Kim Lay RM10,000. Its main purpose is to help poor cancer patients. 

Swee Huat got the idea of starting a fund for cancer patients after he was diagnosed with nose cancer back in 1994. 

“I wanted to set up the fund back then because I understood fully what cancer patients feel once they are diagnosed with the disease as the cost of treatment is a huge burden,'' he said. 

However, he advised those diagnosed with cancer not to despair. 

“Yes, it’s like the end of the world, but never give up hope as cancer is now a curable sickness,” he said. 

To date, the fund has collected over RM300,000 and close to RM200,000 has been spent to help more than 70 cancer patients.  

Those who wish to support to Lennard's swim can send cheques made out to “Seck Kia Eenh Cancer Fund” (with “The English Channel” written at the back) to No. 57, Jalan Gajah Berang, 75200 Malacca, or call the temple at 06-283 7440.  

Swee Huat can be reached at 019-665 9978.  

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