Thursday, 29 May 2008

Bazaar in aid of disaster victims

The following article was an excerp from The Star on line . For those of you who are staying up north, this is a chance to take part in the "Relief" afforts. I guarantee you will feel great and balance for being able to help out yet another time.





You and Me, we can make a difference

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THE Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) will hold a charity bazaar this Sunday to raise funds for victims of cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the Sichuan earthquake in China.

PAH community relations officer Michelle Yeoh said the bazaar, to be held at the hospital foyer from 9am to 1pm, will have stalls which sell food, drinks and second-hand items.

Canned food donated by the hospital staff will also be sold for charity, she added.

“The money raised at the bazaar will be sent to the victims through the Buddhist Tzu Chi Merit Society,” she said during a press conference at the Penang Adventist Hospital yesterday.

Those who are interested in donating canned food or other stuff for the bazaar can contact the hospital development department at 04-2227603/4/5/6.

Friday, 23 May 2008

SLEEPING WITH LIGHT ON MAY CAUSE CANCER

Received this thru an email from a friend. No harm to spread words around when its concerning our children's well being in particular. Do google about it if you want more information.

Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D., Professor
Bowman Gray School of Medicine
1964 (210) 567-3859
REITER@UTHSCSA.EDU


KIDS who sleep with the light on could risk leukemia, parents were warned.

Scientists have found the body needs darkness to produce a chemical that fights cancer.

Even switching the light on for the toilet, staying up late, traveling across time zones, or the light from street lamps can stop enough melatonin being made, they say.

The body needs the chemical to prevent damage to DNA and its absence stops fatty acids reaching tumours and preventing them growing. Texas University Prof Russell Reiter, who led the research, said: 'Once you go to bed you should not even switch the light on for a minute.

'Your brain immediately recognises the light as day and melatonin levels drop.'

Rates of childhood leukemia have doubled in the past 40 years.

About 500 youngsters under 15 are diagnosed with the disease each year and around 100 die. A conference on childhood leukemia in London yesterday heard that people were being subjected to more light at night than ever.

This suppressed the production of melatonin which normally happens between 9pm and 8am.

Past research has shown those most affected, like shift workers, had higher levels of breast cancer.

Blind people, who are not vulnerable to fluctuations of melatonin, have lower rates of cancer, it was found.

Parents are advised to use dim red or yellow bulbs if their youngsters are scared of the dark।


Wednesday, 21 May 2008

What is Cerebral Palsy?


A "spastic" is a person with cerebral palsy. This is a disorder of movement appearing in the early years of life. It is due to damage or failure to develop normally in a small part of the brain controlling these activities.

Cerebral palsy takes many forms- in fact no two spastic people are exactly the same. Some are less affected that they have no obvious disability. Others may be clumsy in their walk or they may have difficulties with their limbs or with muscles that help with speech. Some are even unable to stand or sit and thus, are unable to do even simple things for themselves.

Sometimes the damage involves some part of the brain as well. This leads to deafness and other disabilities involving perception. Many spastic children also have learning difficulties, which makes them slow to mature intellectually.

However, spastic people sometimes have higher than average intelligence though many are slow in catching up due to their handicaps. They often find it hard to control their facial expressions and may seem to be feeble-minded or even to be mentally retarded but some of those who seem to be severely disturbed are on the contrary very active intellectually and not least affected by the disorder.


The Spastic Children's Association of Selangor and Federal Territory provides free transport, education and various rehabilitation treatment such as Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy for spastic children living in Selangor and the Federal Territory.

Parents with spastic children are advised to bring their children to the centre as early as possible so that the appropriate therapy can be administered to the children with greater effectiveness.

These therapies, physio, speech and occupational therapy are carried out by experienced and dedicated personnel.

Furthermore, children of schooling age are enrolled to the School Section while younger children are given proper outpatient treatment. Adult students are employed in the Sheltered Workshop.

Moreover, the Association also carries out interesting and beneficial activities such as sports, music session, swimming, gardening as well as needle-work.

For more information, please contact:

SPASTIC CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION OF SELANGOR AND FEDERAL TERRITORY
NO:14, LORONG UTARA `A'
P.O.BOX 48
46700 PETALING JAYA
TEL: 03-79550296
FAX:03-79567511




Sunday, 18 May 2008

WESAK DAY PRAYER




Buddhists will be celebrating Wesak Day tomorrow। Many will throng the temples starting from 11pm tonight।

For those who are unable go to the temple, there are some meaningful ways to commemorate Wesak Day i.e. giving donations to the victims of:

1. Myanmar Cyclone Victims

2. China Sichuan Province Earthquake Victims


On this Wesak Day, let us remember the teachings of Buddha, as one rhyme goes:

`Some have too much and yet do crave
I have little and seek no more;
They are but poor though much more they have
And I am rich with little store.

They poor, I rich, they beg, I give;
They lack, I have; they pine, I live.'


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I am not rich, but I am contented.

To all the people who are suffering the greatest, I pray for them to have strength to live on and leading towards a brighter day tomorrow.

Amitaba.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Chemotherapy Before Breast Surgery is Valuable-Many Eligible Patients Are Unaware of Therapy Option

I have, on numerous occasions, blogged about Breast Cancer. Being in the category of "high risk" group myself, coupled with the knowledge that some of our friends have unfortunately joined in this bitter battlefield in recent years, I will never hesitate in creating awareness in fighting breast cancer and I will share with you all of any news and knowledge that I have heard or read for the benefit of the entire female population.

Probably some of you might have heard of this so called "latest news", chemotherapy before breast surgery (it is called 'neoadjuvant chemotherapy') is valuable, but I bet many haven't. A friend of us who went thru mastectomy (removal of the entire breast) recently and found out later thru medical doctors in Singapore during one of her trips there for Chemotherapy.

She may have regretted having performed the surgery a little too rush, as most patient would have the thought of cancer cells will spread very quickly if the tumor is not remove soonest. Taking into consideration the agony and pain avalanched upon you hearing the bad news from the doctor, no one can blame you for losing that sturdiness.

Come back to the above subject, I will leave it to you bright readers to judge for yourself. As the article said,
"We can't say that neoadjuvant therapy is better for survival, but we can say neoadjuvant therapy is not worse, and it has its advantages".

Isn't it obvious that going thru the Chemotherapy in a stronger body before surgery is a wider choice?






Sunday, 11 May 2008

You Made A Difference!

Some notes and presents from my children to share with all of you...but deep inside me, the cries for mummy from those orphans always lingering in my mind, that made this mother's day not a very interesting day.

Perhaps I am getting older by the day, all I pray for everyday is the safety and health for my family. Celebration on this kind of occasion does not seem to be much of a significant event anymore. Instead, I would prefer the world to rejoice "Parents'day" to honor both very important peoples in our lives.

But to my dearest and sweetest children, mummy appreciate the notes and presents from the bottom of my heart and you guys are the most wonderful kids in this world.

Remember, a person with a generous heart and compassion for all beings leads the most blessed life.


An e-card written in the cold winter from down under by Vivian....but delivered with loads of warmth feelings, mama loves it!



This cute little heart is from little Valerie, of course chosen by someone who paid for it la...thank you love






Both the card and this flour leave clover key chain were from Villi, for the first time paying from his own pocket! Wishing you luck in your SPM son.



Friday, 9 May 2008

Avaaz.org - The World in Action

How you can help the Burmese cyclone victims?

If you wish to donate to help the victims of Cyclone ‘Nargis’, please think carefully about how you would like to channel your money. There are many organisations collecting donations locally and abroad helping the victims.

Ultimately we just wish for the money to reach the victims instead of landing into unknown hands.


Log on to HERE, you will read that all the money donated via AVAAZ, will be transmitted directly to monasteries in affected areas.

Avaaz.org - The World in Action



Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Rainbow of Life Forces (ROLF) - Blue Ribbon Campaign for childhood cancer





This is a chance for us to help the cancer stricken children.
Come join in for a good cause.

ROLF - The Adventure Blue Ribbon Charity Run with INTI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

Date : 14 June 2008
Time: 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs
Venue: INTI International University College Main Campus at Nilai
Entry Fee: RM18 for (Category A & B - Men & Women age 16yrs above - 10KM) and RM15 for (Category C & D - Men & Women age 13 yrs above - 5KM)
Closing Date: 31 May 2008
Entry Form : here


This charity run is to raise fund to help children who are suffering from cancer. The gross collection of the registration fee will be donated to the Malaysian Paediatric Association - Children's Cancer Fund. This event will be held simultaneously with INTI College Day. Carnival, exhibition and adventurous games will be held in conjunction with the event.


Please visit : www.rolfkids.org / www.rolfcommunity.org and http://www.intimal.edu.my/clubs/adventureclub/ for interesting and detailed information on the above.


Let us together make a difference in the lives of these children.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

DO NOT GO AFTER THE PAST



Do not go after the past,

Nor lose yourself in the future.

For the past no longer exists,

And the future is not yet here.

By looking deeply at things just as they are,

In this moment, here and now,

The seeker lives calmly and freely.

You should be attentive today,

For waiting until tomorrow is too late.

Death can come and take us by surprise--

How can we gainsay it?

The one who knows How to live attentively Night and day Is the one who knows The best way to be independent.

- Bhaddekaratta Sutra

Monday, 5 May 2008

Kiwanis USJ Charity Bowling Tournament


Thinking of how to spend a meaningful and fun-filled family weekend?


The Kiwanis Club of USJ invites you to participate in a bowling tournament to aid the fund raising activities of the Club. The Club has adopted the Malaysian Rare Disorders Society at the University Hospital Petaling Jaya and the Glenmarie Tamil School in Subang.


This invitation is extended to all companies through the Sports Recreation Club or individual public to send in a minimum of 4 persons in a team. You can have an all men team or an all ladies team or a mix of both. Age limit is 18 and above.


The tournament will be based on overall scores. Prizes will be awarded to the first 5 for the team event and first 10 for individuals. Please support generously towards a worthwhile cause that will benefit the less fortunate.


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated in changing one child and one community at a time. Pls click here for more information.


Event: Kiwanis USJ Charity Bowling Tournament

Date: Sunday, 1st June 2008

Venue: Sunway Pyramid Megalanes Bowl

Time: 1pm-5.30pm (Registration / Lunch 1pm--1.45pm)

Cost: Team of 4 @ RM500.00

Registration closes on the 25th May 2008 at 5pm.


The entry cost includes all tournament fee, lunch plus a goody bag.


All payments by cheque are to be made payable to the Kiwanis Club of USJ. Official receipts will be issued for all payments made.


At the same time, you may contribute prizes for goody bags in the form of products or product samples or cash donations towards this fund raising event.


Kindly call the Club Treasurer, Clarence Lazaroo at 012-3709873 or the Club's Secretary Ms.Chan at 016-2623119 or En.Shukri Abu at 019-2804849 or the Club President, Mr JM Noel at 013-3639071 for more information.




Thursday, 1 May 2008

Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Klang - Food Fair and Charity Bazaar 2008
















Anthony DeMello saw a starving child shivering in the cold. Angrily he lifted his eyes to heaven and said, "God, how could You allow such suffering? Why don't You do something?"
There was a long silence and then Mello was startled when he heard the voice of God answering him, "I certainly have done something - I made you."
Come to Persatuan Penjagaan Kanak-kanak Cacat Klang and see for yourself how and privileged you are and you will be reminded of the responsibilities and obligations of being an absolutely normal and healthy person on earth. Go help out these kids because the real joy come from doing something worthwhile.
The way to live a happy life is to give help to somebody - somebody who is suffering in silent throughout their entire life, and it is not by choice that they come to this world. So, let's join our hands and hearts to help the less fortunate.