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Are you aware that Malaysia has a problem with strays? If you’re a local, you definitely are. No matter where you go, you’ll see at least one or two stray cats or dogs roaming the streets. During such instances, you’ll notice that they’re usually starving underneath their dusty, and times grimy, matted coats.

Is that really a life you’d wish on any living creature?

Jean Liew is an animal rescuer who believes that every animal deserves to have a good life. In a Celcom campaign that she has recently partaken in, this deeply held belief of hers reverberates through the heart-wrenching video that has taken social media by storm.

In it, she highlights a problem that has yet to alleviate in Malaysia: the problem of strays. It is no secret that the streets are far too cruel a home for cats and dogs alike to live in. Not only are they prone to starvation, they are also at an extremely high risk of contracting diseases. The threat of them encountering animal-haters is all too real as well.

Is there anything that can be done about this, though?

Yes, of course. Here are some of the things you can do the next time you see a stray:

  • You can feed it and get it cleaned.
  • You can bring it to the vet to have it neutered.
  • While you are there, you can also have it vaccinated to prevent it from getting rabies.
  • You can bring it to the local pet shelter to put it up for adoption.
  • OR you can ask friends and family if they’re interested in adopting a furry little friend.
  • Even better, you can adopt it yourself.

At the barest minimum, along with giving it food and shelter, getting it neutered is one of the best things you can do for it. Indeed, this might not seem like a lot, but by just helping to neuter at least two cats, you could prevent them from multiplying up to 420,000 strays in just seven years! That is a lot.

It is admittedly not the perfect solution, but it is the most humane one. Let’s do our part to save animals from the cruelty of the streets.

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Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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It is not a pleasant topic, but the painful reality is that cancer is an ever-present threat in our society. Young or old – though the risk is even higher for those in advanced age – anyone can be diagnosed with cancer. However, here is something that you may not be aware of:

The majority of cancer research focuses on cancers that are more common in Caucasians. Because our biological makeup is different, much of what we know may not directly apply to Asians.

To highlight the severity of this lack of research on Asian-leaning cancers, only 5% of genetic studies involve Asians. This, despite genetics playing a huge role in our risk to cancer- and Asians making nearly half of the global population.

This is an issue that Cancer Research Malaysia placed emphasis on during World Reverse Cancer Day.

Here are some quick, hard facts about cancer in Malaysia:

  • About 100,000 Malaysians contract cancer every year. The majority of cancer-riddled patients are women.
  • Estimates state that 1/4 Malaysians will suffer from cancer by the age of 75.
  • In another estimate, it is believed that Malaysian cancer sufferers will increase by 15% in 2020.
  • The main cancers that plague Malaysians are breast cancer (14.5%), intestinal cancer (12.1%), lung cancer (11.8%), cervical cancer (5.7%) and throat cancer (5.4%).
  • In 2014, cancer was the 4th major cause of death in government hospitals.

And here is a list of what Cancer Research Malaysia does to combat cancer in Malaysians:

  • It focuses on neglected areas of research i.e. niche cancers often found in Asians.
  • It improves survival rates by being more accessible.
  • It repurposes drugs to shorten time and cost of bringing treatment to patients who need it.
  • It partners with the top scientists in the world and leverages on the best technology to better results.
  • It works on training the next generation of Malaysian cancer researchers.

This isn’t a job that Cancer Research Malaysia is able to do alone, however. As it is an independent, non-profit cancer research organisation based in Malaysia, it needs the aid of the public too. Donations and research grants are how it keeps its goal going.

So if you’re interested, you can help Cancer Research Malaysia by becoming a partner, donating money and or volunteering.

What are you waiting for? Show your support for Cancer Research Malaysia by following these pages:

Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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Feel strongly about cancer? Here’s your chance to raise awareness for World Reverse Cancer Day!

If you have no idea what that is, let me give you the low down as to what it is. World Reverse Cancer Day is essentially an awareness event that talks about reversing cancer. Sounds interesting, right?

There are three ways to lend your support for World Reverse Cancer Day:

  1. Make your own #reverseforcancer video. How? View this nifty posting guide.
  2. Create your own #reverseforcancer selfie post. How? View this nifty posting guide.
  3. Attend the event

Interested in attending the event? Here’re the event details:

  • Date: 31 March – 1 April (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • Venue: APW, Bangsar(Riuh Event)
  • Contactgavina.rajendran@mbww.com

There will be a number of fun educational workshops and interactive displays around immunotherapy, genetics, screenings and more, with activities for the whole family. Talk about getting the whole package!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Note: The most creative reverse video winner stands a chance to win prizes up to RM5,000.

#reverseforcancer is hosted by Cancer Research Malaysia, an independent and non-profit cancer research organisation based in Malaysia.

Attend the event to find out how CRM is leading the way with research, and how the public can support it further.

 

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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When it comes to charity and social issues, what is the first thing you think about? Poverty? Orphans? The environment? Animal cruelty? Sexism? Hear about any of these issues, and most people would have a strong opinion on it. Many would even express their sympathy towards those who suffer.

But what about the elderly?

Be honest now. Did the elderly cross your mind once when I posed that first question? Was it even one of the first things you thought about? If your answer is no on both counts, it is actually not unusual.

As a matter of fact, it highlights a growing problem in our society.

More often than not, as our lives get busier, the elderly are forgotten. This, despite how it is in our culture to care for our parents when they’re older. Then again, the fault doesn’t rest entirely on us. There are many other factors to consider: our migration to other cities or countries, elderly who do not have children, long working hours, high cost of living, both men and women working, just to name a few.

This combination forms a poison that has wormed its way into our society; it’s an ugly truth that we’re not proud of admitting, but it is definitely there.

While many of us still observe our filial duty to care for our parents, there has been an increase of those who don’t. A survey by researchers from University Malaya’s Prevent Elder Abuse and Neglect Initiative (Peace) found that one in 10 elderly experience abuse and neglect in urban settings, while one in 20 experience the same in rural areas. This is something that we cannot ignore.

Perhaps it’s also because we have a culture that cares for the elderly that we have this problem- because we have this assumption that everyone will observe their filial duty, we don’t immediately realise that there are elderly who need our care.

And as though to place emphasis on this issue that has occupied my mind, I have attended a charity event that was meant to give support to both underprivileged children and the elderly. What I saw was disheartening. Upsetting, even.

Whilst the children were blessed with gifts by many Good Samaritans (and this is wonderful! I’m glad for them), the elderly were entirely forgotten. They sat in their own corner during a party that was meant for them too, neglected. Barely a single soul spoke to them, save for the odd volunteer, and these volunteers were busy with ensuring the party proceeded smoothly.

The dejection and their silence gave me the impression that this was something they’ve unfortunately grown accustomed to. A phenomenon that was confirmed verbally by the charity workers themselves, the behaviour of the party-goers- and apparently, the statistics.

This brings me to the end of this long monologue. Times are changing, everyone. It’s about time we change too.

Let’s extend our heart and goodwill to those who raised us, and those who helped build the society we live in today. Tell your parents you love them, give them a gift, volunteer at an old folks’ home. You have no idea how happy these gestures will make them- after all, the elderly need our attention too.

Don’t let these people feel as though they’re abandoned.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

Empire project Bowling 2018

Remember that charity bowling competition I mentioned a while ago? Well, the registration deadline is closing in on us and there are only 18 team slots left!

So if you and your friends are interested in participating, be sure to send in your registration by 25th February 2018 at the very latest.

eMPIRE bOWLING iKLAN

For more information, please refer to the following:

Payment method:

Official Account – Maybank

PERSATUAN EMPAYAR KEBAJIKAN MALAYSIA (EMPIRE PROJECT) – 5640 6143 1661.

Payment slip must be sent to: 

empireproject37@gmail.com

You can register online at:

https://empireproject.typeform.com/to/WjphmP

We hope you’ll have tons of fun with this!

Show your support for Empire Project by following their Facebook page

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

Empire project Bowling 2018

Want to help out a good cause and have fun while you’re at it? Well, aren’t you lucky, because you’ve come to the right place!

As always, we at Nuffnang are always out sniffing for events, and this is what our latest search turned up: a charity bowling competition. Huzzah! Hosted by Empire Project, the aim of this project is to raise funds for welfare work run by NGO partners HUMANITY, BUKUJALANANCHOWKIT and EMPIRE FOOD BANK.

If you feel like this is your jam and especially love bowling, here’s your chance to take part!

For more information, please refer to the following:

Payment method:

Official Account – Maybank

PERSATUAN EMPAYAR KEBAJIKAN MALAYSIA (EMPIRE PROJECT) – 5640 6143 1661.

Payment slip must be sent to: 

empireproject37@gmail.com

You can register online at:

https://empireproject.typeform.com/to/WjphmP

We hope you’ll have tons of fun with this!

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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