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KVSS MPO Music Camp Project at NASAM

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KVSS MPO Music Camp Project at NASAM

The Kinta Valley Symphonic Society (KVSS)/Malaysian Philharmonic (MPO) Music Camp Project 2013 performed at the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) recently. About 25 stroke victims were present as MPO musicians Sun Yuan (viola), Steve Retallick (cello), Chia-Nan Hung and Martijn Noomen (violin) performed the String Quartet No.14 by Mozart.

KVSS, a non-profit organisation in collaboration with the MPO Outreach and Education Division, held the concert for NASAM and the Salvation Army Children’s Home as an effort to spread joy and musical knowledge to the less fortunate through music.

The Music camp project, was opened to members and interested musicians, which saw them having weekly rehearsals, a series of workshops, two outreach programmes, a chamber concert by the MPO musicians and culminated with the ‘Be Spirited Away’ concert on July 20 which played to a full house.

Designed to fine-tune the performing skills of musicians and to attract and recruit new members to increase the size of the Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO) and the Perak Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), the music camp was a huge success.

Susan Ho

NASAM Perak Walk For Health

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National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM)A beautiful sunny day and the enthusiastic support of the public, helped to make the NASAM Perak Walk for Health 2012, a resounding success. Families and friends turned up to support the stroke victims and the NASAM organisers to achieve the goal of creating a heightened awareness of Stroke Disease. One in every six Malaysians is at risk of experiencing a stroke and it is documented to be the third highest common cause of death among Malaysians. Dr Barry’s message of living a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise, healthy eating habits and keeping stress levels under control was the theme encouraged to live by.

The generosity of various sponsors also helped make the event more exciting with giveaways, gifts, prizes and health checks. The event was flagged off as scheduled and many stroke victims participated in the challenge to walk around the grounds. It was heartwarming to witness the public and loved ones cheering and encouraging the stroke victims in their quest to make the challenging walk. There were some curious onlookers from other events and those out for their Sunday exercises, who eventually participated in showing support for the stroke victims by joining in the walk too.

The show of solidarity and commitment towards this awareness campaign was evident in the smiling faces of those participating in the event. The supportive and caring side of the public was evident as they came out to participate; walking alongside the stroke victims and helping them feel good. The Su La Chin group in their bright red t-shirts was also there to support the stroke victims and help to contribute to the awareness campaign.

The event ended with prizes given out to the stroke victims to acknowledge their enthusiastic participation. There was also a lucky draw and a short speech given by Ms Irene who is an integral part of the NASAM “family” thanking everyone for their support and participation.

Serena Mui

NASAM Perak

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As part of its maiden foray into participating on an international level for World Stroke Day, National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) is off to a great start. The Walk For Health event will be held on Sunday October 28 and it is hoped that this event will bring about a wider awareness of stroke, a potentially fatal condition.

stroke awarenessThe aim of NASAM is to create as much awareness, exposure and support for the public, to encourage everyone to take a more proactive role in taking care of their overall health. Increased awareness of this condition, according to Dr Barry Tan, allows individuals to be more careful of lifestyle choices made.

By creating a heightened awareness for this disease and its sufferers, NASAM hopes to educate more people both in the caregiver capacity and for the unfortunate victims. People need to understand that the disease does not discriminate and everyone is at risk. The various contributing factors that bring on a stroke, and being aware of the difficulties caregivers and victims have to live through daily, is part of the quest NASAM hopes to bring to the attention of all.

As part of the campaign, people will be requested to commit to six stroke challenges:

Know your personal risk factors – high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol

Be physically active and exercise regularly

Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet

Limit alcohol consumption

Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now

Learn to recognise the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action.

Being able to identify a possible stroke condition and having it treated within the first three hours, is very important and key to the eventual recovery process according to Ms Kim Tan, who is passionate about getting people to understand this point. Some of the stroke victims at NASAM resoundingly agreed that quick intervention and proper medical attention, was the main contributing factor that allowed them to enjoy a better quality of life. The tireless dedication of the staff and supporting volunteers are what makes NASAM the success it is today. Recording a significant drop in stroke occurrences nationwide in the future, would give NASAM the ultimate success acknowledgement it hopes to achieve.

The walk is “our solidarity march to disseminate vital life-saving information and knowledge about actions and lifestyle behaviours that can effectively avert attacks of stroke,” emphasizes Janet Yeo, Founder Chairman of NASAM.

Those interested can register online (nasamperak@nasam.org) or call: 05-321 1089.

Date:  Sunday 28 October 2012

Venue:  Ipoh Polo Ground

Time:  Registration – 7am    Flag Off – 8am

Serena Mui