September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Supporters will wear gold ribbons to symbolize the hope of cancer fighters against the disease.
In conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Lions Club of Ipoh Evergreen is organising the ‘Gold Ribbon – Childhood Cancer Fundraising Project’. Mooncakes will be sold until September 16, with the hope to raise RM10,000 to be channelled to Persatuan Kebajikan Kanser Kanak-Kanak Kami Endah Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Ipoh (Children’s Cancer Welfare Association of Ipoh General Hospital) and Friends of Childhood Cancer Northern (FOCCAN).
Speaking to the media, Club President Sylvia Lee said that the Children’s Cancer Welfare Association of Ipoh General Hospital sponsored food, accommodation, and transportation, among others, for the programme.
FOCCAN is a parent support group that organises many counselling and family support activities.
Lee pointed out that childhood cancer awareness projects have always been the core program of the Lions Club. In the past, the support extended was mostly in the form of purchasing milk powder and toys to be sent to the children’s cancer ward. Through this gold ribbon project, the Lions Club of Ipoh Evergreen hopes to raise more awareness to the public and encourage early intervention from families.
“For children with cancer and their families, in addition to medical expenses, there are financial pressures and mental stress from being unable to work due to the need to care for the children. They all need the support and encouragement of people around them,” Lee said.
The club has cooperated with Shin Ming Bakery to sell six kinds of mooncake packages, the prices ranging between RM34 to RM73. Each package comes with four mooncakes in different flavours, as well as free delivery around Ipoh city. For orders outside of Ipoh and other states in Peninsular Malaysia, a flat rate of RM10 is charged for delivery. The Lions Club of Ipoh Evergreen also welcomes donations.
For more information, contact Katherine Tuen (018-2253098), Leeza Ng (013-4968868), Catherine (016-5316343) or Sylvia Lee (012-5585633).