Timeline: 27 August 2008 (Kuala Lumpur)
MAKNA honoured 234 of its volunteers in a special commendation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, with 9 receiving the highest awards for their level of contributions and involvement in MAKNA’s activities in 2007.
The volunteers were from all backgrounds and walks of life, comprising working adults, students, teenagers, housewives, and even cancer survivors.
The top award recipients (ages as at timeline) were as follows:
- "Excellent Award" - Mr Jacob PC Mathews (65 years old), cancer survivor
- "Volunteer Leadership Award" - Ms Goh Yin Fun (53), cancer survivor, Ms Biroo Kaur a/p Gejah Singh (55), cancer survivor, Dr. Siva Sarvana Kumar (30) & Puan Norelan Bt Ismail (50)
- "Special Recognition Award" - Ms Biroo Kaur a/p Gejah Singh & Ms Helen Wong Yoke Chan (64), cancer survivor
- "Promising Youth Award" - Cik Aizan Sofia Bt Amin (25), cancer survivor, Dr Siva Sarvana Kumar, En Munawir Bin Ridzwan (31) & En Azmin Md Sidek (34)
MAKNA General Manager, Puan Farahida Mohd Farid said that MAKNA was fortunate to be blessed with volunteers who were ever prepared to serve which was the factor that won them the hearts of the patients they had helped.
“Today, we are here solely to recognise their commitment, dedication and sacrifices and especially, the caring and selfless side of theirs which have been exemplified in cases where patients requiring dire help have been looked after, cared for and given the appropriate encouragement and support when struggling and battling with cancer of the worst kind,” she said.
Those who are interested in joining MAKNA’s activities can contact MAKNA at 03-21629178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about MAKNA’s activities and volunteerism can be obtained at www.makna.org.my.