The Pink Brunch

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October has only just begun and it has already kicked off with an extravagant event! The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) has just had its first-ever royalty and first-ladies Charity Pink Brunch in support of breast cancer awareness month and cancer survivors.

 The event saw the likes of First Ladies Anna Hakobyan of Armenia and former First Lady of Timor-Leste Kirsty Sword Gusmao, along with the Pink Brunch Patron Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim Davidson, Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, President-elect of the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) Princess Dina Mired of Jordan and Princess Sayyida Mona of Oman.

 More often than naught, when we hear about cancer or people diagnosed with cancer, we are struck with a blanket of silence for the words we don’t know how to say. We are left feeling sad and confused about how to comfort or react at all to the situation. However, the NCSM Pink Brunch was such a light hearted event that it had you witnessing cancer stories in a different light.

 UICC PRESIDENT, Princess Dina Mired

UICC PRESIDENT, Princess Dina Mired

 NCSM President, Dr Saunthari Somasundaram

NCSM President, Dr Saunthari Somasundaram

 Kristy Sword Gusmao

Kristy Sword Gusmao

 

The runway featured cancer survivors and former models showcasing collections by renowned designers: Variante, Mod House, Masrina Abdullah, and Juriah Jamil. Instead of the traditional fashion runway showcase, the models began with a performance to I Will Survive and strut the stage with a skip in their step wearing the designs of Leslie Varayan of Variante -- there were smiles and laughters to go around because the NCSM Pink Brunch was surrounded by beautiful and happy people. Funds for the event was raised through the sponsorship of tables priced at RM10,000 or individual seats priced at RM1,000 which will be used to help underprivileged patients seeking cancer treatment.

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Although it’s a difficult conversation, Cancer is a prevalent disease and is the fourth most common cause of death in the country. The statistics are such that 4 out of 3,000 Malaysians are predicted to be diagnosed with cancer this year. Although a taboo topic, it is important that as Malaysians we talk about the efforts and what we can do to help both ourselves, others, and those diagnosed with the disease.Let us stand united in the fight against cancer. Let us talk about it, support a cause, and stay strong for those who need it.

 
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Malaysia was host this year to the World Cancer Congress (WCC) 2018 from the 1st to the 4th of October 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It was the very first WCC to be held in Southeast Asia and it encourages effective knowledge transfers and practices amongst cancer control and public health experts. It brings together a global cancer community that works together for cancer control efforts. You can read more on the WCC here.

 Credit: Tasha Raj

Credit: Tasha Raj