Petaling Jaya. Saturday August 27, 2016

Cancerlink Foundation launched its 30th Anniversary Celebrations with a seminar on “Consolidating Voluntary Strengths” to honour steadfast volunteers who have been a major force in the successful implementation of its Psychosocial Health Care Support Programmes for children, Youth and adult  CancerChamps (a  terminology fondly used by Cancerlink.) 

Speaking at the 30th. Anniversary launch, Guest of Honour –  Chairman of Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia, YBhg Puan Nori Abdullah, congratulated the Chairman and Board of Trustees of Cancerlink Foundation for their compassionate commitment and consistent implementation of the Psychosocial Health Care Support Programme and the Cancer Awareness Education to cancer patients’ families and the general public. She said that both organizations shared a common bond in serving cancer patients and in establishing a strong Volunteer base.    

Chairman Board of Trustees, Cancerlink Foundation, Mrs Joanne V Fernandez announced at the opening that – “ Cancer is the greatest catalyst in life”. She emphasised her appreciation to the many Volunteers present for their consistent loyalty, and participation in the various Programme and Activity conducted through the years. On a positive note of strength in battling cancer, she told guests that cancer was everyone’s responsibility.

Challenging the nearly 100 guests present, Mrs Fernandez said, “Yes, support with absolute caring and sharing, educate and encourage the Children, Youth and Adults to draw from within themselves, the enormous strengths and power to overcome the insidious nature of cancer.  Through the years, it has been proven, that by utilising the inner strengths, early recovery was possible. All could enjoy a better quality of life - despite cancer.

Cancerlink Foundation was conceived and incorporated in 1986 with a precise philosophy. One - that would psyche societal change - from Taboo and threat, to trust in psychosocial strengths.”

She continued.“ cancer is not synonymous with death –  fear is ! The void filled by fear must be filled with good cheer.  Thus the rapid development of the Psychosocial Health Care Support Programme.”

The Programmes envelopes Information Support; Economic Adjustment Support; Emotional Support; Social Support and Community Support. These are realised through ongoing Cancerlink activities such as Caring and Sharing (counselling) Sessions, Support Group Sessions and Social Get To-gethers; Support Care Facilities and Services - Resource Centre, Cancer-care emporium. Therapies conducted regularly  are  Chi Quong, Yoga and Cane Therapy.

Cancerlink is consistent in the hosting of the Annual  Residential Camps - Sunshine Camp for children,  Seri Endon Victory Ventures Camp for Youth - organised in collaboration with Outward Bound Trust in Lumut, and Rainbow Connection for adult. The Camps are organised along the precepts of the Psychosocial health Care Programmes. They are fun, educational and aimed at motivating participants to enjoy a better quality of life. Activities include Talks, Group discussions, swimming, Games, Drama, music and singing, dancing, batik printing, and Therapies –  Yoga, Chi Quong.  Talent competitions have become a mainstay of these Annual programme. Sessions on nutrition, exercise and relaxation are a must. All Facilitators and Specialist Trainers at these Camps are volunteers, who have come forward to serve together with Cancerlink Foundation.     

Cancerlink also offers a Home Stay Programme for patients or from outstation requiring short-term accommodation for physician and hospital visits in the Klang Valley.  

For further media enquiries please call CANCERLINK FOUNDATION -  03-79569499.