By Ling Hui
KUCHING, Oct 2: ‘Every five days, a child in Sarawak is diagnosed with cancer,’ says Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng.
He said statistics calculate about 60 to 70 new childhood cancer patients annually.
“No one can fully understand the heartbreak of a child with cancer. No one can fully understand the time and sacrifice these families must make.
“But with awareness, we can hope to show some solidarity. With awareness, we should learn a little gratitude for our good health.
“With awareness, we can support these families in any way we can, through finance, through friendship, through fellowship,” he said, stressing the importance of childhood cancer awareness and early diagnosis.
Wee was speaking at the Gold Ribbon sculpture competition prize-giving ceremony held at Vivacity Megamall earlier today.
He said the gold ribbon symbolises awareness and support for childhood cancer, often worn over the hearts to show a connection with the victims and their families.
While congratulating the winners of the sculpture competition, he also commended their noble efforts to visualise their support for childhood cancer through art.
“This is art with a cause. It is one of the only causes that matter — creating understanding and building a community,” he said. — DayakDaily