Tuesday, 22 January 2013

MAKNA Founder’s Run


MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional / National Cancer Council) was founded by Dato’Mohd Farid Ariffin.

MAKNA was officially launched on 30 March 1995 was registered as a society on 10 November 1994.

MAKNA is a not-for-profit social enterprise mainly tasked to pool and utilise every effort, expertise and financial aid from every faction of society, and to fight cancer and reduce the related pain, suffering and morbidity that cancer patients and their families often experience.


Dato' Mohd Farid Arifin has vast management, organisational and entrepreneurship experience , having served as a teacher, lecturer and lawyer and later as Deputy Finance Minister (1987 – 1989) and Deputy Health Minister (1989 – 1995).

MAKNA was set up from his own family experience, and today it is a home-grown organisation fully focused on cancer.

His teenage son Farul Rafiq was 17 when diagnosed with leukemia (blood cancer) in 1992.  Farul was flown to London, England (Hammersmith Hospital) for treatment.  There, he underwent a regimented treatment which included an autologous bone marrow transplant, which was not yet available in Malaysia.  A few years into battling the diseases, he was finally certified cancer-free.

While recuperating at the hospital in London, Dato’ Mohd Farid’s family made a promise that on their return to Malaysia, they would set up a cancer organisation aimed to help those from lower income groups gain access to cancer treatment.

On 4 August 2011, we sadly lost Farul, he passed away owing to lung fibrosis (not to cancer).  


This run, which not only celebrates MAKNA’s existence, will also be a way of sourcing for funds to aid our main cause being assisting financially challenged cancer patients and their families.

Cancer Can Be Prevented when detected early, which means more of these lives being helped by MAKNA, can be saved if they receive financial support in time through donation commitments by kind-hearted souls.  Funds raised will ensure uninterrupted supply of financial assistance, surgical equipment, liquid food, prostheses, and prescribed drugs for poor cancer patients and also provide young cancer survivors with educational scholarship.

While promoting an active lifestyle, fitness and celebrating health, this run will also heighten cancer awareness bringing much needed attention to this prevalent illness.  Coming together, we strengthen the tie between survivors, their families and the community.  A step taken today paves the path for tomorrow.

All in all, it will be a fun-filled day, advocating fitness while raising funds for a very worthy cause.

Come Run the Miles, Fund the Smiles!

Up to RM 14,000 in cash prizes to be given away.
Hurry Up! Register now at the following website for early bird discounted rates.


MAKNA Founder’s Run – Talking Point
  • MAKNA was set up based on own family experience when Farul Rafiq fell ill in 1992
  • MAKNA is in its 19th years of operation now. We got MAKNA registered in November 1994 and officially launched it on 30 March 1995.
  • What was a promise became a reality and now we are nurturing our efforts in realising our mission in providing the much needed access to poor patients in every possible ways.
  • We look forward to all Malaysians coming together in standing up to cancer.
  • Farul is no longer with us now, but he was the inspiration behind MAKNA, this legacy which started because of Farul shall live.  This shall continue in helping poor patients and their families in our country.
  • The Founder’s run signifies the support given by our donors and Malaysia in general.   Day by day, our efforts are becoming recognisable and sort after.
  • Today we are proud that we have gained the support from 88 government hospitals throughout Malaysia.  This has abled us to reach almost 5,000 patients a year.
  • And, this could not be possible without the untiring support we receive monthly from individual donors.
  • Our major achievement is the Mammogramme Mobile Unit that travels throughout Malaysia in providing cost effective mammogramme screening or no cost when applicable.  The unit features advance digital mammography.  Hopefully we are able to help detect breast cancer early and bring down the incidence rate and increase survival rate.
  • We have set out of Malaysia in our efforts of expanding our horizons in International platforms where we can advance to build expertise, and leverage resources across nations to address the global burden of cancer.
  • Come and run together with us, be a charity athelete and march for cancer.  Your participation gives someone a meaning to life.  Every mile you conquer and dollar raised will give our cancer patients hope for tomorrow.

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