Carnival held for breast cancer awareness

The Breast Cancer Support Group (BCSG) Johor Baru celebrated breast cancer awareness month with their Vive la Vie Wellness Carnival recently.

BCSG JB members, Doris Boo and Lulu Tan with Tan Sr
Shahrir Abd Samad [Right] and his wife
The carnival was organised with health talks, a kids’ fun fair, a handicraft sale and activities like story-telling, decorating gingerbread man cookies and making sushi rolls.

“Today’s gathering is a good example of our Asian family values,” said Johor Baru Member of Parliament and patron of BCSG, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Shahrir Abd Samad.

Shahrir, who was present with his wife, Puan Sri Datin Sharizan Abdullah, said that the essence of being Asian was the extended family where the older generation was just as valued as the future generation.

Children of Treetops Montessori School dancing along with
members of BCSG JB at the carnival
Parents and grandparents watched preschool children of Treetops Montessori School, aged 3 to 7, who performed Louis Armstrong’s, “What a Wonderful World” and also danced along with the members of BCSG JB.

President of BCSG JB, Doris Boo, said that the health talks and Breast Self Examination (BSE) sessions were organized for visitors to understand more about the disease and to practice BSE regularly for early detection.

“We are aware of how painful the breast cancer journey can be and we choose to share our stories so that we can give hope and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients,” she added.

BCSG JB members rewarding each child with a pink
balloon as the children presents the ladies with a cake
of handcrafted soap
After the children’s delightful performance, the members of BCSG rewarded each child with a pink colour balloon and in return, each child presented the ladies with a cake of handcrafted soap.

"We want our children to be involved with the community and it’s our privilege to support BCSG through Treetops Helping Hands, a volunteer group of mothers,” said Treetops Montessori principal, Andrea Chen.

She explained that the proceeds from the sale of T-shirts printed with pictures created by Treetops’ children on the themes, Life is Beautiful, Love Life and Hold on to Hope, will be donated to BCSG for needy members to buy prosthetic bras and health supplements.  

A range of the specialty T-shirts with pictures created by children of Treetops Montessori School were
sold at the carnival to raise funds for needy members of BCSG JB
To buy these specialty T-shirts in support of BCSG, Tel: 6012 – 324 6368.

The BCSG JB centre, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, is at No. 12, Jalan Ru, Melodies Garden, Johor Baru.  For appointments to visit the Prosthetic Products Shop, Tel: 607 – 335 7211.

A version of this was published in The Malaysian Insider on 5 Oct 2015

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