By Ivana Qartika

A health cum family day was held at Ave Maria Convent on Sunday, June 30. It was organised by the Ave Maria Convent Alumni Association (AMCAA) Ipoh. The guest of honour was Deputy Health Minister, Dr Lee Boon Chye. The venues were at Chin Pek Soo Hall and the Mother Pauline Hall of the school.

The programme included health talks, health screening and a women and children’s corner. The health talks were conducted by skilled medical practitioners from Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital and the Perak Community Specialist Hospital. The blood donation booth gained the attention of Dr Lee himself.

‘’It’s important for people to know about their health. There are those who spend their whole life accumulating wealth but forget about their health. It’s good that event such as this is organised. I’m glad to see a good turnout at the all the different booths,’’ he told reporters.

Sofi, 40, a working mother, said that the hands-on activities helped increase her child’s creativity. It allowed her child to make new friends and brought her family closer.

President of AMCAA, Madam Moy Ooi Thye, said she was inspired to organise the event after noticing most people were too focused on their career that they neglected their health, and the unhappiness she felt in seeing her close friends suffering from heart attacks due to late diagnosis.

Datin Irene Lee, Chairman of AMC and Advisor of AMCAA said that the event should be continued since it is beneficial to the people.

Over the years, AAMCA had organised stress management programs, full-day workshops, education fairs, orchestras, and concerts. Their main objectives are raising  funds for needy students and charity organisation.