• November 25, 2023
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Kuala Lumpur, Saturday, 25th November 2023 – The Breast Cancer Resource Centre and Candy Girls Support Group of Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) held their “Shine for Pink” Charity Gala Dinner at the Komune Living & Wellness in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur today. It was a memorable evening filled with inspiration, compassion, and a touch of cultural grace.
Esteemed Patron and Chairman of The Lion-Parkson Foundation, Puan Sri Chelsia Chan Chau Ha, who has provided unwavering support since 2019, graced the evening with her presence, setting the tone for an event that symbolised resilience and strength in the face of adversity. Joining her was Professor Dr. Nazirah Binti Hasnan, Director of Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, a driving force behind the mission to bridge the gap in breast cancer care, as well as the Ambassadors of UMMC’s Pink October 2023, Dato’ Sri Shyleena Faridah Hope (Founder of Mrs Asia Worldwide Sdn Bhd) and Miss Chiong Pei-Pei (Chief Brand Officer of eSHOPlive). Also attending was Pink October 2023 Advisor, Professor Dr. See Mee Hoong, a consultant breast surgeon and a driving force in breast cancer research and fundraising at UMMC.

Bringing an emotionally charged dimension to the event’s programme, breast cancer survivors from the Candy Girls Support Group took to the stage with their captivating performances. The evening commenced with their rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” setting the tone for the night. The Candy Girls also showcased dynamic and graceful dance performances. Their presence served as a beacon of inspiration, reinforcing the organisations commitment to those who continue to battle this formidable adversary.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC), a fashion show featuring models from Shine Angels and Mrs. Asia Worldwide was also showcased. The models elegantly showcased the traditional Kebaya, which were designed by Pakar Busana Melayu and Mrs. Asia Worldwide. The Kebaya, a timeless cultural gem, reflects grace and tradition, and this showcase aligned with the organisers efforts to garner UNESCO’s recognition of the Kebaya as a world heritage. Representatives from Tourism Malaysia, En Azizul Raheem Awalludin (Senior Assistant Director, Domestic & Events Division, Tourism Malaysia), Dr. Khairul Helmi A Manap (Senior Assistant Director, Corporate Management), Mr. Azmi Abdullah, and Cik Nazasheera, also attended the dinner on behalf of the Director General, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia), Dato’ Dr Ammar Abd Ghapar.

Amongst the attendees were also venerable guests, including YHs Dato’ Mustaffa Idrus, Chairman of Pertubuhan Aktivis Masyarakat Melayu Malaysia (PAMM), Professor Datin Paduka Dr. Teoh Soo-Hwang, the Founding Chief Executive of Cancer Research Malaysia, Captain Cheah Eng Eng and Senior Vice President of Keyfields Offshore Sdn Bhd.
The Pink Gala Dinner is more than an event; it’s a symbol of unity in the fight against breast cancer. As a one-stop centre for breast cancer care, UMMC Breast Cancer Resource Centre’s team receives patients nationwide, with a majority of them coming from the B40 economic group who are unable to finance their diagnostic investigations and lose the opportunity for an early diagnosis. Patients are forced to delay treatment, which reduces their overall survival rate. 100% of proceeds from the charity dinner will go towards the B40 Diagnostic Fund (under PPUMCare), which is dedicated to providing financial support to these underprivileged patients who often bear the burden of this disease. We believe that by joining hands and hearts, UMMC Breast Cancer Resource Centre can make a significant impact on the lives of those affected by breast cancer.

For additional details about UMMC’s Breast Cancer Resource Centre and Candy Girls Support Group and to learn how you can contribute, please visit their website at ummc.edu.my or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CGummc/

Breast Cancer Awareness Month signifies a time for unity, compassion, and collective action. Join them as they strive to make a meaningful impact in the ongoing battle against breast cancer.

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