08 September 2011

Giving Hope

Datuk Shahrir Samad (centre), presenting a mock cheque for RM360,000 to Doris Boo (left). 
Datuk Shahrir Samad (centre), presenting a mock cheque for RM360,000 to Doris Boo (left).
The Breast Cancer Support Group of Johor Baru successfully raised funds for its new building costing RM550,00. THE Breast Cancer Support Group of Johor Baru recently feted more than 300 sponsors and donors at its charity dinner at the Grand Straits Garden in Johor Baru.

The dinner themed "Give The Gift of Hope", raised RM250,000 to build a new centre for cancer patients and survivors in the state. Its president, Doris Boo, in her speech thanked friends and members of the public for their support in making the fund-raising effort a success.

"Breast cancer survivors and patients have to undergo tough challenges in their fight for recovery from the disease," she said. She said the group gives hope and morale support to survivors and patients.

"We want them to let go of what is holding them down. We want them to move forward to a brighter tomorrow," she added. The guests of honour were Johor Baru MP Datuk Seri Shahrir Samad and Tunku Shahariah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the daughter of former Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

At the dinner, Shahrir also presented a mock cheque for RM360,000 to Boo for the building fund. The centre, bought at RM550,000, is located at 12 Jalan Ru, Kebun Teh Park, Johor Baru. The idea to set up a building fund was mooted by Boo.

Shahrir said he supported the group's cause in their drive to boost morale and provide counselling to women suffering from breast cancer. "I'm impressed with the commitment and efforts of the group.

"Johor Baru will become a better place to live if everyone emulates their commitment and efforts in other charity works," he said. At the dinner, guests observed a minute of silence for those who succumbed to their cancer.

A procession down the ballroom aisle by a group of cancer survivors holding lit candles accompanied by their children was held at the dinner. Every table too had lit candles to mark the significance of hope for cancer patients and survivors. A three-piece Filipino band serenaded the audience with some oldies as far back as the 1950s.

Chinese, English, Filipino and Malay numbers got the audience dancing and in a festive mood. A local artiste also belted out Chinese favourites. A lucky draw and an auction were also held.

Items such as handmade comforters, handbags and flowers were some of the things that were auctioned off. A guest donated RM1,000 for a Chinese sentimental number delivered by a Breast Cancer Support Group member. Those who wish to contribute to the group and its cause can call Boo at 07-335 7211 or email to bcsgjb04@hotmail.com.

credit to : NST

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